by Diane Trull with Meredith Wargo



 Giveaway & Author Interview


Book Details:

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

Book Description:

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.



Meet the Authors:

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.


When did you first start writing?

I graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Journalism. Most of my professional career involved writing, editing, and marketing for the legal, architectural, and engineering industries. And while I was fortunate to have worked for several large and respected companies where I was able to hone my skills, I wanted to use my writing for things I felt passionate about. The famous cliché is to write about what you know and love, so I started freelancing on the side and writing about animals. I’ve had more than 60 articles published in a variety of animal-related magazines. My favorite topics include promoting the heroic efforts of animal rescue groups and shelters or sharing news about the latest advances in animal health and wellness. Several of my articles have won Maxwell Awards from the Dog Writers Association of America, which is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs.


What advice would you give budding writers?

I think being a writer means different things to different people. Regardless if you have aspirations to become a New York Times’ Bestselling Author or you’re simply writing to document your family history or penning your memoir, perseverance is key. Many people thinking sitting down to write a book is easy but, like any other profession or career, you get out of it what you put into it. I once read that there are no new stories to write but because everybody’s perspective is slightly different then the possibilities are limitless. At the end of the day, you have to feel good about what you’ve written, no matter what others may think or say. I also think it’s imperative to read a lot, especially books that are in the genre in which you are interested in writing. Go where your passion lies.


How do you deal with writer’s block?

There seems to be an ongoing debate regarding writer’s block and if it’s real. I am here to tell you that it does exist! On the days when my creative juices just aren’t flowing, I’ve learned not to force it. I walk away from the computer and focus on other things for a while, trying to engage a different area of my brain. But I have noticed that when I get in the habit of sitting down to write every day, writer’s block doesn’t happen as often. That’s not to say that what I write is always good or that I’m happy with the output but for me, just showing up on a regular basis seems to help.  


What is your next project?

I’m working on a book for a national animal rescue group. Like DAWGS, the book will feature a lot of true stories of rescued animals and the people who love and care for them. The book is scheduled to be released mid-2024.


What’s the scariest thing you’ve done?

Growing up I was a tomboy, which has spilled over into my adult life. I love being outdoors and experiencing all that Mother Nature has to offer. I am a native Texan but currently live in southern Utah, which is the perfect place for my love of nature. Since moving here, my husband and I have challenged ourselves to try new things. We’ve taken rappelling lessons, which is both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time! Learning to trust a piece of rope to get you safely down a steep cliff changes your perspective on things rather quickly.

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  1. Thank you for the opportunity to provide an author interview! I hope readers will be inspired by what a group of fourth-grade students were able to accomplish. Happy to answer any questions about the book!

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