Press Release: New children’s book promotes acceptance, kindness, and positively through beautifully drawn dog characters.
July 28, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author: Tonya Wilhelm
Illustrator: Wendy Beugels
Parents struggling to find ways to help their children overcome obstacles, bullies, disabilities are about to be introduced to a lovely book series, Dexter the Dog and Friends, launching at the end of 2019.
Tonya Wilhelm, a professional dog trainer based in Ohio, has teamed up with renowned artist Wendy Beugels based in Portugal. Together they are launching a children’s book. They hope, through the love of the charming, funny, and open-hearted dogs in the series, children will learn how to accept people of all abilities and to be kinder to one another. Tonya and Wendy’s dream is that through the Dexter The Dog and Friends book series, parents and teachers will be able to use the books as tools to help teach valuable lessons.
The main character, Dexter, is a stoic Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a neurological and mobility disability. Dexter The Dog and Friends follows Dexter through various stories and travels focusing on difficult topics such as disabilities, adoption, bullies, and death.
The books’ tone is uplifting and inspiring, promoting acceptance, friendship, and living life to the fullest. Wendy’s illustrations brings vibrancy and fun to the characters with her whimsical style and creativity. Both children and adults are falling in love with the characters through the books’ kid-friendly social media accounts.
This easy-reader series will surely charm audiences of all ages and will open a door for parents to discuss difficult topics with their children. The fun stories and delightful characters will charm readers from start to finish, leaving them enthusiastically waiting for the next addition.
The first Dexter the Dog and Friends book, Dexter’s New Home is scheduled to be released at the end of 2019. Future readers can follow the progress on the book’s website and social media accounts. Merchandising has already begun! Sign up for the pre-order and book updates.
About the Author:
Tonya Wilhelm is a dog training specialist who has a passion for educating children about dogs. Tonya and Dexter have provided years of therapy dog visits in classrooms, auditoriums, and pet expos. She started her dog training career in 1998 as a service dog trainer. Miss Wilhelm always gravitated towards the youngest student in the service dog training class. Named one of the top ten dog trainers in the US twice, she has helped thousands of people of all ages build happy relationships with their dogs through humane, positive training methods. Tonya offers group and private dog training classes, provides training and behavior services locally (Toledo, Ohio) and phone and workshops. Full Bio
About the Illustrator:
Art has been Wendy Beugels’s passion since childhood. She received her bachelor’s degree at the School of Fine Arts in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She has worked in a variety of media throughout her art career, working as an artist and graphic designer for private corporations, charities, and magazines. Wendy’s passion for portraits painting became evident, and she moved away from corporate work and now works independently, specializing in portraits and her own style to make her art through her digital and hand-painted work. You can learn more about Wendy on her website https://www.wendy-beugels.com
Media Contact: Tonya Wilhelm