Book Title: DAWGS: A True Story of Lost Animals and the Kids Who Rescued Them by Diane Trull with Meredith Wargo
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 256 pages
Genre: Narrative Non-Fiction
Publisher: Citadel Press – Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release date: March 2020
Content Rating: This non-fiction book is rated PG. There is one scene in which the shelter was broken into and several puppies were killed. The author does not go into any gory details, but this information may trigger some sensitive readers.
Award Winner in the Animals/Pets: Narrative Nonfiction category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest
We can all make a difference.
Elementary-school teacher Diane Trull’s life-defining moment happened when her fourth-grade reading class saw a photo of a cardboard box overflowing with homeless puppies. Her young students were determined to save these lost pups and others like them. In that moment, the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary—known as DAWGS—was born.
How Trull and her fourth graders started their own animal shelter is a story of dedication, commitment, and perseverance. Trull shares inspiring stories about animals and animal lovers of all ages in this moving story of hope and compassion. DAWGS is a testament to how love and a strong measure of determination can offer second chances—one animal, one child, and one day at a time.
Author Guest Post
5 Things to Consider When Adopting a Dog
Is a dog the right pet for you? Your dog will depend on you throughout its life, and with proper care, may live 10 years or more. Are you willing and able to care properly for it and provide it a stable home for that long?
Don’t get a dog without considering and planning for the costs for such a responsibility. Normal veterinary care includes spaying or neutering, yearly shots and boosters, licenses and exams for typical diseases. Preventive and consistent care is less expensive in the long run, but you must be prepared for unexpected illness or injury.
Below are some questions to help you decide if a dog is the right pet for you.
- How much time can you spend with your dog? Dogs are social creatures and need interaction with their humans; they will not be happy left out in the yard alone.
- What kind of space can you provide for a dog? Many dogs will not do well in a small apartment unless you expend a great deal of effort to meet their needs. Dogs are adaptable if you help them out.
- How much money can you set aside for the care and feeding of a dog? Even if you do not purchase a purebred dog, you must buy food, pay for veterinary checkups, vaccinations and routine medical care, food bowls, collars, licenses, ID tags, leashes, carriers, toys and treats over the lifetime of the dog. It also might be necessary to replace items the dog may damage or destroy or pay for the occasional medical emergency.
- How much exercise can you give your dog? If you are very busy and your time is limited, you should look for a small or less active dog that can get enough exercise in your home or from short walks. Not all small dogs are less active nor are larger dogs more active. Find out all you can about the breed of your dog, even if it is a mixed breed.
- Whatever dog you choose, you are making a long-term commitment. Your dog will need attention, love and respect from you; food and water are not enough. Consider your dog part of your family—that is how your dog will think about you. You are its pack.
Diane Trull’s lifelong passion for rescuing animals served as the catalyst for cofounding the Dalhart Animal Wellness Group and Sanctuary (DAWGS) with her husband, Mark Trull, and a group of fourth-grade students. Diane continues to teach those involved in animal rescue about the importance that compassion and community service play in making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.
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