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North End Activist Authors New Children’s Book, “Trooper, the Shetland Sheepdog”

Meet Phyllis Rugnetta and her Sheltie dog, the main character in her first children’s book, “Trooper.”

First, let’s introduce Phyllis … Born and raised in the North End; third generation where she says “There is no place like home – the North End Waterfront.” Phyllis prides herself on the fact that her Italian grandparents who migrated to the North End from Palermo, Sicily assisted in shaping the “fabric” of the North End—a neighborhood community that is known around the world!

Phyllis served as the North End Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) president from 1998 to 2001. She was instrumental in her efforts in maintaining neighborhood conformity with various real estate development projects within the inner-North End and along the waterfront, such as Battery Wharf. A graduate of Eastern Nazarene College, Phyllis earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. She was also accepted to the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, MA. Phyllis is also a realtor at Boston Landmark Realty. Phyllis likes to spend her personal time caring for her geriatric dog Trooper, advocating for animals when she can and gigging-out with former neighborhood band mate.

Next, meet “Trooper” the Shetland Sheepdog. His true life story is inspirational as well as an educational journey designed to appeal to pre-school children.  Trooper the Shetland Sheepdog is intended to be a series of educational children’s books introducing children to life’s challenges.

Trooper the Shetland Sheepdog will teach children about family values; identifying colors and learning how to numbers count as well as introducing the importance of health, nutrition and exercise. The book is colossal!  It’s filled with vibrant colors throughout and has “book character” appeal.  Trooper the Shetland Sheepdog will make a wonderful gift for family members, friends, and colleagues who have children between the ages of 3-to-6.

The book, Trooper the Shetland Sheepdog came to life as a result of his remaining year’s journey living with life threatening health illnesses such as Cushing’s disease, pulmonary thrombo endarterectomy (PTE), and transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) known as bladder cancer.  He is a “poster-dog” for MSPCA-Angell’s miracle pets and is spotlighted in the MSPCA’s Miracle Pets newsletter. In his memory, Phyllis will be walking for animals at the MSPCA-Angell Walk for Animals held in Boston on September 13.

You can purchase your book by contacting Phyllis at
The book is available for purchase at the tender price of $11.95 (plus S&H).  A percentage of every book sold will go to various animal charities to help feed abandoned animals and medically treat abused ones.

“Animals are amazing!” exclaims Phyllis, ” They are loyal; they give us strength and unconditional love while expecting nothing in return.  Purchase your copy today and help save the life of an animal.”

Click to read a sample of “Trooper, The Shetland Sheepdog” by Phyllis Rugnetta

One Reply to “North End Activist Authors New Children’s Book, “Trooper, the Shetland Sheepdog”

  1. I love it — "tender price." The cover art alone is priceless.
    Awesome piece, dude. Glad you’re walking on September 13th. I took the easy route and donated to a friend’s team. Way too early for me.
    So, stopped hatin’ on the dawgs. eh?

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