Middle Tennessee Youth Publishes Children’s Book to Aid Dog Rescue Operation

Saturday, June 30, 2012

My Name Is Walter

My Name Is Walter

Twelve-year-old Laura Rozelle Bagnall and her mother, Paula Rozelle Hanback, stared in horrified disbelief at the Facebook images of a starved cocker spaniel/poodle mix who was thrown from a moving vehicle in the White’s Creek area of Nashville earlier this year. Once her outrage about the abuse of animals set in, the next thing Laura felt was an urgent need to help. She and Paula then combined their creative forces on the development of a children’s book that tells the story of the cockapoo named Walter. The mother-daughter team are donating all profits from the sale of the book to Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, the organization that tried to save the dog’s life.

“I love drawing, I love books, and I love dogs,” Laura says of her work on the project. “Put the three together and you get My Name is Walter.”

Illustrated by Laura and written by Paula along with her husband James, the book is intended to teach children about responsible pet ownership.
“We wanted to do something to help,” Paula adds. “It just seemed natural for us to use our creative gifts in this way.”

Named Walter in honor of Nashville Councilman Walter Hunt, the man who saved him from the street and turned him over to rescuers, the cockapoo was soon placed into the care of Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue, from where veterinary care was coordinated. Out of that came a WKRN Channel 2 news story, the close involvement of film and television star Ashley Judd, and a massive Facebook following that eventually made Walter a worldwide symbol of the outcome of animal cruelty.

In spite of the outpouring of support from people all over the world, which included children’s drawings, cards, and letters that were taped to the walls of the dog’s room at Animalia Health and Wellness in Franklin, Walter succumbed to his abuse on May 11, 2012, exactly two weeks after he was discovered by Hunt. His struggle has inspired his following, known collectively as Team Walter, to take up the cause of strengthening laws against animal cruelty.

“Walter touched people’s hearts in a special way,” Paula explains. “Together, we can make sure his story leaves a lasting legacy of change for other animals.”

My Name Is Walter (ISBN: 978-1-938271-12-0, Two Peas Publishing) is available in paperback format from twopeaspublishing.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online retail outlets. Laura, Paula, and James are donating 100 percent of the author profit from sales of the book directly to Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue.



 

 


 
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