10 February 2023

DAWGS: A True Story of Lost Animals and the Kids Who Rescued Them by Diane Trull with Meredith Wargo Book Tour! @meredithwargo.freelancewriter @acornsireadbooktours@merebear1961 @iReadBookTours

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​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
GenreNarrative 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. 

2021 Hearten Grand Prize Winner, Chanticleer International Book Awards - Uplifting & Inspiring Non-Fiction
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.

Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Sadly, millions of dogs and cats are put to death in shelters each year because there are simply not enough homes for them. And even more tragic is the number of animals that are abandoned or lost in our communities where they succumb to hunger, thirst, disease, predation, or accidental death.

Hands down, spaying and neutering is the single most effective way of preventing unwanted births and ensuring that animals don’t have to face a lonely and heartbreaking death.

But if you’re still not convinced that spaying and neutering is the right thing to do, here are eight reasons to have your pet altered:


  • For females, spaying eliminates the stress and discomfort of heat cycles.

  • For males, neutering eliminates testicular cancer and prevents incidence of prostate disease if performed before six months of age.

  • Spaying reduces the risk of mammary gland tumors and ovarian and uterine cancer, especially if done before the first heat cycle.

  • Spayed and neutered animals live an average of two to three years longer than other pets.


  • Altered pets are less likely to roam, which decreases the risk of getting hit by a car or contracting diseases.

  • Spaying and neutering helps eliminate undesirable behaviors like spraying, marking, and fighting.

  • Neutering curbs bad behavior, including aggression, excessive barking, and other hormone-related behaviors.


  • The cost to sterilize your cat or dog is less than the cost associated with providing adequate care for one litter.

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.

Meredith Wargo​ is an award-winning author and advocate for animals. The recipient of four Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Association of America, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Although a native Texan, Meredith currently lives in southern Utah with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets.

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