Champ – The Story of Survival
When award-winning children’s author Fiona Ingram (South Africa) read about an abused and abandoned dog called Champ that was left for dead at a California shelter, she was appalled and moved. Appalled that such neglect and abuse could even happen in the first place, and moved by a little dog’s immense courage, fortitude, and most importantly his will to live, and his ability to forgive and love humans again. Champ’s motto is: “Never give up!” Champ did not give up and he lived to become a healthy, happy, lovable little dog, bringing joy and hope into people’s lives. Surviving against terrible odds, Champ has become an inspiration to many people, proving that the impossible can be achieved, and there is always a light at the end of every dark tunnel.
Fiona Ingram was inspired to document his story for several reasons. The first is to help raise funds for S.A.F.E. Rescue, the non-profit rescue site (in California) that took Champ in www.SAFEanimalrescue.com. The second is to raise awareness about animal abuse, and offer advice on the many ways people can help.
Fiona says: “I first thought, ‘How about a blog post?’ Then I thought, ‘How about a little e-book?’ That way, I could donate my writing and create something to generate on-going funds for Champ and the site.
S.A.F.E. Rescue were over the moon and the rest has been a flurry of gathering photos and information, getting Champ’s story down, and some creative stuff on the side, such as Champ’s “Happy Eva After Pome” and his short story How Superdog Champ Saved the Day. As I wrote, so people worldwide sent in messages of love to be included in the book; some even sent messages from and photos of their own rescued dogs. But it all starts with one act of kindness. Every person involved in rescuing an animal, be it a glorious tiger in the jungle, or an elephant in the wilds, or just a little dog that perhaps no one would miss—his abusive owners did not care—the unsung heroes are a growing army of compassionate people, vets donating skill, supporters donating funds and food, volunteers donating their time. There is very little fame involved and definitely no fortune. Many large animal organizations and the humblest of animal shelters rely on public goodwill to keep going.
Champ’s messages, included in his book, also moved me when I read how many people said Champ and his brave little struggle for survival had changed their lives. People saw their pets in a new light; some people began to work with animals; some people saw their own life in tandem with Champ’s and decided if he could survive, so could they. Champ’s tomorrows look very good. From being beaten by life, he has risen to stand head and shoulders above everything. Although fame was something he never expected, Champ handles his new celebrity status with grace and aplomb. To so many people, he has become a little ray of hope and sunshine in a dark world. Champ is the most adorable, loving little dog and since a blind dog called Joe has been taken in by the shelter, Champ and Joe are working on a second book called Champ & Joe: Best Friends Forever.”
This is a must for readers who enjoy heart-warming animal stories and want to do more for animals. Included are easy tips on how to make a difference, a wonderful “Pome” written by Champ about his happy ever after life, and a short story fiction for younger readers. Champ makes public appearances as the spokesdog for S.A.F.E. Rescue and inspires even more people he meets in person. Visit Champ on his website to find out more about this amazingly little dog at http://champsstory.com/home If you’d like to follow him on Twitter, his handle is @ChampMyStory. Or else visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SAFERescue2013 Champ’s story will be on Amazon, B&N, and other online book sites soon.
Since writing Champ’s book, Fiona has become committed to other stories to inspire people to support animal rescue organizations, and to pay tribute to the growing army of caring people that donate their time and skills to saving animals, both domestic and wild. Find out more about Fiona’s projects on her author website www.FionaIngram.com or her site dedicated to animal rescue stories, Caladrius Books http://caladriusbooks.com.You can read more at http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com/2013/08/champ-story-of-survival.html.
Thank you, Fiona and well done, Champ. 🙂
Fiona Ingram began her writing career by inventing stories to entertain her three younger brothers when she was about ten. Later she graduated in theatre studies, moved into journalism and has been writing ever since.
Although Fiona Ingram has been a journalist for the last fifteen years, writing a children’s book—The Secret of the Sacred Scarab—was an unexpected step, inspired by a recent trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as an anecdotal tale for her two nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children’s book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone.
Fiona has already completed the next book in the series—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—a huge treat for young King Arthur fans. Although Fiona does not have children of her own, she adopted an African child from an underprivileged background who is just discovering the joys of reading for pleasure. Fiona’s experiences in teaching her daughter to read has resulted in her interest in child literacy and in creating ways to get kids more interested in reading, as well as helping parents to instil a love of reading in their children.
Naturally, Fiona is a voracious reader and has been from early childhood. Her interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films. She loves travel and has been fortunate to have lived in Europe (while studying) and America (for work). She has travelled widely and fulfilled many of her travel goals.
Fiona’s latest book is the middle grade adventure novel, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab – Book 1 in the Chronicles of the Stone series. Visit her at: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Goodreads | Authors Den | YouTube | Amazon | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble | Nook.
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