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Article in Local Canungra Times

12 April 2022
Canungra Times

Above photo: Ann Norris, Col Lee, Cr Virginia West and Librarian Rosemary Talbot at Canungra Library. Photo: Supplied.

Another lovely surprise arrived today when I received a copy of an article, which appeared in the April edition of the Local Canungra Times. The text of the article is below. Thank you to Col Lee, and to the unknown South Australian veteran who passed on information about my books to Col.

Gina

 

Therapy Dog Books at the Library

Last year, Col Lee was contacted by a Vietnam Vet in South Australia about the Canungra War Animals Memorial, located in D J Smith Memorial Park.

In the course of the conversation the Veteran mentioned author Gina Dawson, who writes children’s books, and said that Col might be interested in her work.

Gina’s passion is writing books for children to educate on personal and social issues, and writing books about working dogs.

Having seen Gina’s books online, Col’s wife, Ann and he decided to purchase six of them and presented these to Librarian Rosemary Talbot with Councillor Virginia West at the Canungra Library.

The books are:

  • Gus the Guide Dog;
  • Next Door’s Dog Is a Veteran’s Dog;
  • Next Door’s Dog Goes to School;
  • Next Door’s Dog Has A Job;
  • With a Dog’s Love; and
  • Harriet the Hearing Dog.

These books are now available at the Canungra Library for all to read and borrow.

Col said the books will be a valuable resource.

“Learning about therapy and companion dogs will have parents and students at the Canungra State School fully appreciate the introduction and importance of Sunny the Labrador, the School’s latest addition to ancillary staff,” he said.

“The Dogs” showcased at Mareeba Expo

8 April 2022

NDIS Mareeba Services Expo 2022

A disability and community expo was held at Mareeba, Queensland on April 7th. There were 50 stalls, servicing the disability sector and community. Headed by Wendy Rutherford (pictured), the Mareeba Library showcased some of their collection of books, on a range of topics.

I was thrilled to receive a photograph of the display, which included two of the Next Door’s Dog titles, and my new release With a Dog’s Love – Clever Dogs Helping Humans, containing sixteen stories about working dogs.

It is always humbling to see examples of my work being used to help those with disabilities, or to educate children on this important topic.  Thank you Mareeba Library, for purchasing my books to share with your community.

Gina

Harriet and Gus have been released

14 March 2022

Gus the guide dog and Harriet the hearing dog were released in late January, and sales are going gangbusters.

Thank you once again to the schools, kindergartens, child care centres and libraries who continue to purchase my books and send me lovely emails and photos and feedback.   I love receiving them so please keep them coming!

There has also been a lot of interest from organisations that deal with assistance dogs, in particular hearing and vision.   A wonderful surprise was the orders that came in from Lions Clubs across Australia, some of whom have purchased multiple copies of Gus, Harriet and other titles to donate to local schools and kindergartens.  Thank you!

A particular thank you to Lions Hearing Dogs for promoting Harriet the hearing dog through many channels.

Harriet the Hearing Dog and Gus the Guide Dog will arrive in January.

16 November 2021

It has been an incredibly busy year, with two book releases and two new titles in the pipeline. Harriet and Gus will be released together in January 2022. They are stand-alone titles that complement each other.

Thanks to the many people who have suggested and encouraged me to write these titles; demand is already high so I’m offering a pre-order option through this website. As soon as stock arrives in January your order will be dispatched. Schools and kindergartens and organisations, please contact me directly to order.

Kate Bouman has done a gorgeous job illustrating both titles and I’m delighted that my publisher, New Holland Australia, has decided to release these lovely books in hardcover.

Thank you to those who continue to purchase my books, send me emails with feedback, share their own dog stories, make suggestions re the next book, spread the word about the books and encourage me to keep writing every time I say this book is the last. A special thanks to my regular customers, I appreciate your ongoing interest and support of my work.

I wish all a safe end of year and Christmas, and onwards and upwards for us all in 2022.

 

With a Dog’s Love is now available

17 September 2021

I am pleased to announce that latest release, With A Dog’s Love – Clever Dogs Helping Humans is now available.  It’s been a very different project to my previous works, one that was a labour of love with some interesting challenges.  I’ve enjoyed the journey and am thrilled with the end result.  Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered this title.  It missed the scheduled release date due to transport delays and shortages, roadblocks and lockdowns but is now well on the way to booksellers and to me.

Throughout this project I’ve had the pleasure of communicating with sixteen terrific people, who have allowed the stories of their wonderful dogs to be told.  I appreciate that they gave free licence to work with their stories, regularly being on line to jump through hoops, meet deadlines and supply whatever additional information, clarification or photographs I asked for.  Their enthusiasm for the project added a new dimension and loads of fun.

A huge thank you to photographer Richard Tapp for his editing of photos, something I have no skill whatsoever at.  I don’t know where the book would have been without him.

I hope that readers of With a Dog’s Love will enjoy the stories.

Next Door’s Dog has a Job and Next Door’s Dog goes to School are being reprinted.

1 July 2021

Next Door’s Dog has a Job and Next Door’s Dog goes to School are going to be reprinted, having once again sold out.  To the many people who have contacted me and registered their interest, therefore helping this to happen, thank you.  If you want to purchase these titles, which will be in high quality softcover and available in September 2021, please do so through the website or contact me through the CONTACT section of this site.

I look forward to seeing these two Dogs living on to educate children about disabilities and assistance dogs. Any questions, please get in touch.  Thank you!

 

With a Dog’s Love

28 June 2021
With a Dog's Love

With a Dog’s Love, Clever Dogs Helping Humans is due for release in September 2021. This hardcover book, aimed at older children and teenagers but getting a lot of interest from adults as well, is a compilation of sixteen true stories about dogs that make a difference to one or many humans. Containing lovely photographs, With a Dog’s Love has been described as both inspirational and educational, as several of the dogs help humans in ways that many would not have considered.

Thank you so much to the hundreds of people who shared stories of their dogs and a particular thank you for the sixteen stories that were chosen for this book. Each contributor has been so generous with their time in providing photographs, information and stories, and for giving me free licence to adapt stories to suit publication for our young readers.

We all look forward to seeing With a Dog’s Love on people’s bookshelves in September. Who knows, if it sells well there may be a sequel one day! Please feel free to pre-order your copy now. Individuals can order through this website and schools and organisations please contact me for an order form.

 

With a Dog's Love

Reviews for Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog

14 May 2021

Thank you for the wonderful emails and reviews that I have received following the release of this title.    I have been overwhelmed by the interest and support this book continues to generate.   Thanks also to the RSL Clubs, veterans, schools, libraries and kindergartens who have ordered.  A handful of reviews are below.   Gina Dawson.   

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I would just like to tell you that your book is beautiful and it will be a pleasure to present to our local schools.  Thank you very much

Cheers

Leonie Gilford – Wingham RSL

What amazing books! Your words were so very carefully and thoughtfully chosen to  explain the subjects beautifully. The illustrations were lovely too.

Tracey Hill – Teacher Librarian

We are only a small sub branch of 30 members but were very impressed with the books supplied and would like to donate of set of each of your 4 Next Door’s Dog books to local primary schools.

Best regards

Ian Arnel
Hon. Secretary
Gisborne/Macedon Ranges Sub Branch RSL

We have received your book & we are both impressed.     PTSD is a tricky subject to explain let alone put into words.  Your book is insightful, respectful  & will help the young & not so young to understand  better the impact of the problem on the individual .

The Turners

I must say we are highly impressed with your book “Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog”.

Thank you

Regards

Bob Richards MID,CG

Paws for Hope and Understanding

Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog is a carefully laid out but simple explanation, for all age Groups, about Assistance Dogs, their benefits and enormous help these dogs give many.

The book leads the reader in easy steps, as Dad explains to his son about his mate next door, his anxiety problems and how Poppy helps.  It  concludes with something that our society is only now recognising, that it is not only the Veterans that have anxiety problems but also our Community Front line workers.

This is an excellent book and a definite for all School libraries. Thank you, Gina Dawson, this book is a credit to your skill and to illustrator Vivienne Da Silva.

Chris Eddy

Secretary RSL Nanango Sub Branch

 

YES !!   My book has arrived.   I just love it!

Lorraine – Teacher Librarian

 

ANZAC Display inspired by Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog

8 May 2021

Librarian Lorraine set up this amazing ANZAC display at Dongara District High School.   She said that the display was inspired by and centred around Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog.  The focus was on the roles of animals during and after conflict and the aftermath of war.

I felt honoured that the book was used as a centrepiece for such a beautiful display, which will remain in place until mid-May.

Thank you Lorraine and Dongara District High School.

Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog released April 7th

10 April 2021

There have been a few hold-ups, with Christmas, shipping delays, restrictions and more, but I’m thrilled to say that Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog is about to hit the bookshelves.

Again, a huge thank you to the kindergartens, schools, libraries, RSL and other veteran organisations and individuals who have supported, ordered or spread the word about this title.

The fourth in the Next Door’s Dog series, Next Door’s Dog is a Veteran’s Dog is in durable hardcover, and beautifully and accurately illustrated by Vivienne da Silva.

I very much appreciate the lovely emails I’ve received in response to this book release.  It feels very satisfying to know that the book will be used not just as a story of Veteran Joe and his dog, but as a tool to educate children about the very important topics of mental health, invisible disability and the invaluable role that Assistance Dogs play.