Thank you for helping us reach our goal!
Punk wants to give each one of her supporters a great big kiss. We can’t thank you enough for all of your support and love throughout this campaign!
In the last hours of our campaign, we were able to finally reach our goal. What a roller coaster of emotions this has been… We’re so excited that we get the opportunity to share Punk’s story with the world!
Punk’s Plight isn’t just another book about a rescue dog… It’s a beautifully illustrated story teaching children about neglect, recovery, self-advocacy and hope.
Punk’s Plight is the first of a series of triumphant tails of rescue dogs, each depicting a true story of trauma, hope, recovery and love. Seeing the world through Punk’s eyes as she tells her story provides a powerful tool to support counselors, teachers, friends and individuals who have experienced neglect or who are helping someone through the trauma of neglect.
What makes this book different?
Punk’s story was beta read, edited and endorsed by psychologists, social workers, special education teachers, foster parents, and prevention educators. Collectively, we made sure that the words selected and the way difficult topics were discussed would help children understand neglect, understand the feelings and thoughts that someone experiencing neglect may have, and teach them self-advocacy.
What is ACE?
Are ACEs common?
What is bibliotherapy?
What is socioemotional learning (SEL)?
Pumpkin (Punk) is a compact, 9 year old English bulldog that was adopted by the Walter family when she was less than two years old. Punk’s inverted corkscrew tail and battle with mange are the likely causes of her neglect during her first years of life.
Rehabilitated by the care and dedication of Pacific Northwest Bulldog Rescue, Punk has been able to live a long and peaceful life in McMinnville, Oregon. When she’s not enjoying her daily car rides or relaxing in the sun, she spends her time chasing tractor tires and fulfilling her duties as couch potato (her body is quite potato-like). Being the alpha girl of the house, Punk has become the surrogate mama to her younger black lab/pit bull siblings and two feisty kittens. Punk lives with her 3 boys, her parents and her grandparents. Although she appears stoic and stubborn, a little butt-wiggle from Punk or her signature “purr” is all anyone needs to put a smile on their face.
“The topic of abuse and neglect is easy to understand in relation to Punk and her story. A copy of this book should be on the shelf of EVERY elementary school counselor. Ideally, on every early elementary teacher’s shelf as well.”
Special Education Teacher
“Punk’s Plight is a “triumphant tail” filled with touching and teachable moments. It is an important story that every child needs to hear. One that offers hope to those who are neglected and sound advice to those who are in a position to help. A book like this can help change many lives for the better. Your contribution to Punk’s Kickstarter campaign can help make that possible.”
Jerry Stueber aka Bubba’s Dad
Author, Bubba Heard a Mouse (Calling for Help)
“Punk’s Plight provides a relatable story to help children understand what it is like to feel unloved, but also the joy and hope to find a family that finally loves her. If you work with children that have experienced traumatic transitions, I highly recommend adding this book to your collection.”
Tony Lai, LPC
Child and Adolescent Therapist
“Wow, what a neat little story! I loved it! Gives a powerful message without it being scary and I love that you can feel the empowerment.”
Lucy Diaz, Community Outreach Education Coordinator
Juliette’s House in McMinnville, OR
Have questions about the book?
I’d love to hear from you!