A Home for Dixie

A Home for Dixie

by Dana Parker


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DIXIE DOODLE - A Beautiful Welsh Pony - tells her story of neglect, loneliness, and survival. Dixie tells her story of living in a small, cramped home, moving again and again, scared and not sure who to trust. She finally meets a little girl named Apryl. Apryl teaches Dixie Doodle how to trust people and other horses, how to let others know what she is feeling or needing, and what it means to be in a forever-family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681395203
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 02/21/2016
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.11(d)

About the Author

Dana Parker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, living and working in Indiana. She has over 30 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults in multiple mental health settings.

Dana is married to Steve. They have one daughter, Apryl. Apryl sat upon a neighbor's horse for the first time when she was 8 months old. When Apryl cried after being taken off of the horse, the neighbor calmly said, "That's a sign. She will always love horses." Was that ever the truth!
Dana, Steve, and Apryl began volunteering at a horse rescue farm when Apryl was seven years old. They heard the stories of how every horse made it to the rescue farm. They heard the story of Dixie Doodle, a welsh pony, who had lived through years of neglect and abandonment. Dixie experienced multiple moves and multiple homes before coming to the horse rescue farm. Soon after hearing Dixie's story, Apryl and her family adopted this beautiful welsh pony.
Hearing about Dixie's story of years of neglect and abandonment, Dana saw many similarities in stories she had heard from some of her youngest clients that were currently in or had been in abusive situations. Dixie had to learn how to trust others. So do children when they've lived through neglect, abandonment, and frequent moves. Dixie had to learn how to let others know how she was feeling, or what she was needing. So do these special children. When Dixie was adopted into a forever-home, she needed to learn what it means to be a part of a safe and secure family. So do children when they transition from being in abusive families, to foster care families, to being in a forever-family.
This book is written for mental health therapists, case managers, and educators who work with children who have experienced different forms of trauma and displacement. This book is written for these special children to let them know that their feelings are OK.
This book is also written to bring awareness to the many neglected and abandoned animals, including horses, that are just wanting a forever-family to call their own.

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