Dexter the Dog and Friends Children’s Book Series


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 of the book by signing up for the newsletter and following Dexter the Dog and Friends social media accounts.

Tonya Wilhelm

Tonya Wilhelm is a dog training specialist who has a passion for educating children about dogs. Tonya and Dexter provided years of therapy dog visits in classrooms, auditoriums and pet expos. Tonya started her dog training career in 1998 as a service dog trainer and was drawn to the youngest recipient in each team 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 with humane, positive training methods.

Tonya offers group and private dog training classes, provides training and behavior services locally (Toledo, Ohio) and phone and workshops. Learn more about Tonya via her website and Facebook page.

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Wendy Beugels

Wendy Beugels Art has been Wendy Beugel’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 and Facebook page. Contact her today for a custom portrait of your pet!

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Dexter The Dog

For the first couple of years, Dexter and I did everything together. We were a registered therapy dog team and visited special needs classrooms and nursing homes and provided demonstrations at pet events and large pet expos. We traveled together and had the time of our lives. Just before Dexter’s third birthday, he was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. 

Dexter’s first year after his diagnosis was a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Luckily, Dexter has an amazing team of veterinarians and, together, we found the correct medications, natural treatments, and food therapy to help control his symptoms. 

I am thrilled to report that Dexter now is back to his silly self and antics. We love to travel, still do demos and reading programs. Dexter wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a good reminder that we all should live each day to the fullest and truly connect with our loved ones, including our pets.

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