Now Available! If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture, 2nd Ed.

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If Your Tears Were Human
A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture
2nd Edition

Heather Leughmyer
Photos by Vanessa Sarges

If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture, 2nd Edition, is an intensely moving and powerful collection of 28 verses written by Heather Leughmyer and paired with striking photographic images from Vanessa Sarges.

Each year, billions of land animals are raised and killed for their meat, eggs, and milk. To the agricultural industry, they are commodities, dollar signs. But to a growing number of people from all walks of life, these precious souls have purpose beyond our palates. They are unique individuals who experience pleasure and pain. They are companions, they are teachers, and they bring beauty and diversity to the planet we all share.

The poems included in this book were inspired by animals, people and events the author encountered in her activism for animals. Although she has been deeply disturbed by the magnitude of human cruelty toward these innocent beings, she has been just as deeply touched by the people who have bravely protested these injustices and who work relentlessly to make this world a kinder place. These are her heroes; the rebels, the bunny-huggers, those with the largest hearts and the softest souls. These poems honor them and the animals they serve.

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About the Author

meHeather Leughmyer graduated from Indiana-Purdue University with a B.A. in English Writing and Linguistics. She is a dedicated vegan, animal rights activist and animal rescuer.

Writing has been a passion of hers for as long as she has advocated for animals. By telling their stories and illustrating their pain she hopes to touch a few hearts and change a few minds with her words.

Heather is the author of If Your Tears Were Human, Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Courageous Conner, Dandelion’s Dream, Elyse’s Escape, and co-editor of Rescue Smiles. She lives in Columbia City, Indiana, with her husband, daughter and several animal companions.

About the Photographer

img_2741-2Vanessa Sarges wanted to make more of a contribution to Animal Rights, and felt that there was no better way to do so than to document their lives through her photography.

She began bearing witness with Toronto Pig Save and capturing the souls who were being transported to slaughter and the brave activists bearing witness with her. Although taking those photos is both sad and infuriating, many people have contacted Vanessa to say that her photos were the turning point of their lives and that they were transitioning to a vegan lifestyle as a result.

Vanessa and Heather have been friends for many years and Vanessa has taken great inspiration from their friendship and from Heather’s profound poetry. Vanessa was honoured to be asked to contribute to If Your Tears were Human.

Lop-Eared Lily Will Steal Your Heart!

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New Don’t-Miss Book from Who Chains You!

Lop-Eared Lily

by Rhonda Lucas Donald
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Lily’s ears don’t mind the rules.
One’s up; the other’s down.
She looks a little cockeyed,
But never wears a frown.

Lop-Eared Lily is a little dog with mismatched ears and a penchant for licking. Bound along with her on a day full of ducks and bees and people’s knees—and Frisbee catching, too.

Life wasn’t always sunny for Lily. She had been abandoned and neglected, but found the perfect home with a family who loves her—licks, flip-flop ears, and all!

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Written by award-winning children’s author Rhonda Lucas Donald and whimsically illustrated by Rhonda Van, Lop-Eared Lily is perfect for early readers from age 4 and up. The book works great in the classroom and as part of humane education efforts, too.

ISBN: 978-1-946044-64-8

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About the Author

Rhonda Donald 6319loRhonda Lucas Donald is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children and teachers. She is a contributor to Ranger Rick and writes Science in the News for Science A–Z. A rhymester and nonfiction specialist, Rhonda loves making difficult science concepts accessible—and fun—for all ages. Rhonda’s first love is animals, and she has volunteered as a humane educator for animal shelters. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Science Teachers Association, and the Cat Writers Association. Rhonda and her husband share their Virginia home with their dog, Dixie, and their cat, Darcy. Visit her website at www.browntabby.com.

About the Illustrator

rhondavan2loRhonda Van is an author, artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover.

She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony. Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away and Tiffany Rolls On.

Also by Author Rhonda Lucas Donald:

Fiona Finds Love

Happy New Year! Who’s in Your “Flock of Friends”?

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We don’t know about you all, but we’re saying a very happy “goodbye” to 2019—let’s hope for a better 2020 for our planet, our animal friends, and all of YOU too! Thank you for being with us, and for reading our books. We appreciate you.

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Our Last Book of 2019 Spilled Over into 2020!

Flock of Friends

Farm Tales Series: Oliver & Friends

Written by Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Jessie Miller

Friends come in all shapes and sizes! This flock of friends rhymes their way through a day at the farm, sharing some of the things chickens like to do and asking us to think about our friends big and small.

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Get to know Pebbles, Bingo, Ginger, and Roo and take part in their adventures at One EPIC Farm in the second book of the Farm Tales Series. Celebrate making friends of all kinds and learn how our differences make us special. Also included are fun facts about chickens and questions you can answer with your own friends.

The Farm Tales Series is written just for early readers in grades Pre-K-2. The book text incorporates early sight words as well as discussion questions for parents and educators to support growth in critical thinking and empathy for others.

ISBN: 978-1-946044-63-1

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About the Author

headshot-sic_2_origStephanie Itle-Clark is a former public-school developmental reading teacher, and the founder and president of the Academy of Prosocial Learning, where she supports prosocial and empathy education and provides resources and professional development for educators. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their pack of tiny rescue dogs. Stephanie is the author of Tiffany Rolls On, Oliver’s Big Problem, and Flock of Friends.

About the Illustrator

Jessie MillerloJessie Miller runs a nonprofit organization, EPIC Outreach, which focuses on teaching kindness to inspire compassion. Jessie recently acquired a mini farm sanctuary with rescued farm animals that will soon become an outreach center. Jessie lives in Florida, where she spends time at the beach, running, writing, or hanging out with her rescued animals. Please visit www.epicoutreach.org and her other two books, Chance – Wings of Hope and Winne: A Wet and Windy Adventure.

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WCY Books Met our Publishing Goal for 2019! How Many Animal-Related Titles Did We Publish?

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Who Chains You Books is proud to announce we’ll meet our “reach” goal for 2019, with the publication of 24 titles for the year! We’ve released: nine dog books, four cat books, two pig books, two squirrel books, one cow & horse book, one elephant book, and one chicken book (still to come.) We’ve also released two young adult-adult novels encompassing multiple animal issues, as well as two titles under our family & school imprint of Crescent Renewal Resource.

Our 2020 goal remains 24 titles, unless and until we can afford to hire more staff! We also have some more exciting news coming in 2020, so stay tuned for that, too. We are currently accepting submissions, but of animal-related titles ONLY. View our Submissions page here.

Remember, there’s still time to order for holiday gifts, too!

Recap of our 2019 Releases from WCY:

It Went to the Dogs

It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups

Written by Tamira Thayne

A dog activist buys Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound. What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out…everything.

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The house sat empty, an eerie white sentinel against the flat winter landscape, now guarding only whispers of the past. A six-foot white metal fence with coded entry gate lined the country road, abandoning its purpose at the property line and allowing passage to all with the temerity and curiosity to walk around.

The bullet hole in the front window went unnoticed.

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The decision Tamira would make that fateful day in February 2011 would lead not only to a home for her nonprofit’s rescue dogs, but also to the most turbulent four years of her life: she faced down allegations of racism, community harassment, poisoning, and, ultimately, false charges aimed at driving her and Dogs Deserve Better from the county.

There was a reason Michael Vick felt he could get away with dogfighting in Surry County, Virginia—and why he got away with it for as long as he did…

With over 200 bw photos and documents.

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Rescuing Cats

In Rescuing Cats I Lost My Mind But Found My Soul

Written by Cheryl Kwasigroch

Cheryl Kwasigroch writes based on personal experience, and with a deep understanding of the feline mind—as well as the knowledge that a cat is a very special animal whose health and medical needs are quite different from those of other pets.

What does it involve to do rescue work with cats, or just be a caring cat adopter? In these 19 short yet heartwarming stories, different cats as well as the people in their lives struggle to understand one another.

Many people would like to foster but don’t understand the commitment it involves—it’s not often simply a matter of playing with a cute kitten. Are you up for the challenge?

And how do you know what your cat is trying to tell you? Can you read a cat’s body language—hint, a furiously wagging tail is not a welcome signal!

Some stories are told from the point of view of the felines, some from the point of view of the person involved in working with the cat. All include valuable information on the psyche and physical well-being of our purring friends.

Travel the feline world with these remarkable stories of inspirational cats. You may shed a tear along the way, but in the end we hope you will find yourself wanting to do more for our beautiful and often misunderstood companions.

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The Case of the Mysterious UFO

The Case of the Mysterious UFO: The Adventures of Swift & Pete, Vol. 1

Written by Ronnell Jackson
Illustrated by Brynakha Vaettir

Mahmah adopted Swift when she visited the local animal shelter; the greyhound caught her eye, sad and lonely in his kennel. She took him home, cleaned him up, and taught him what it was like to live as a beloved family companion. A year later a skinny, matted Scottish terrier named Pete landed on their doorstep, and soon their little family had expanded to three.

What Mahmah had no way of knowing was that Swift and Pete had once lived as strays together, running the streets and scrounging to survive. They’d been close friends and partners in crime, until circumstances — and Animal Control — separated them.

Now trouble awaited the duo once more, as they slipped under their fence and into the dark of night. Swift and Pete raced through the neighboring woods in search of adventure, laughing and remembering the old days. Suddenly a bright ball of light appeared in the sky, streaking toward them and growing brighter and larger before lowering into the dense growth ahead.

They slowed to a stop.

What was that, a meteor? Some kind of aircraft? As the dogs and their friend Icebox investigate The Case of the Mysterious UFO, truths about the mistreatment of animals on our planet and the disappearance of their fellow canines come to light, and their world will never be the same.

The Adventures of Swift and Pete make perfect early chapter readers for ages 9 and up, and can easily fit into school and humane education programs, too.

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Squeak the Squirrel

Squeak the Squirrel

Written & Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Squeak’s family used to live in a big nest lined with leaves and dry grass. The little squirrel remembered a mother who loved and cared for them. But one morning there were loud noises outside the nest. “VRR VRRR! VRR VRRR!”

Their branch started shaking, then the whole nest fell to the ground . . . two men were trimming the tree! “Hey, look,” one said. “Baby squirrels!”

Squeak felt something big and wet lick him. Yuck, what was that? A dog’s tongue? The dog picked Squeak up in his wet mouth and ran happily around the yard. “EEP EEP!” Squeak cried. “EEEP! EEEEP!”

Oh, NO! What will happen to Squeak and his brother and sister now? Find out in Squeak the Squirrel, based on the true story of a rescue squirrel named Squeak. The book, beautifully illustrated in full color by author Rhonda Van, will delight any child or classroom, and fits perfectly into lesson areas for humane education or compassion discussions. Excellent for ages 7 and up, Squeak the Squirrel is a great choice for family bedtime, classroom, or solo reading adventures.

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Blessings from My Cats

Blessings from My Cats: How I Discovered the Boundless Joy of Caring for Wild and Domestic Strays

By Janet S. Dumas

Blessings From My Cats is a collection of short stories about the rescued cats that share the author’s home and the feral cats that depend on her in the wild.

Author Janet S. Dumas became drawn to cat advocacy after her visceral reaction to a chilling expose in the newspaper about the thousands of animals being gassed to death each year by the City of San Antonio, Texas. She knew she had to take action, thus beginning her adventures into the world of Trap-Neuter-Return and caring for cats near her, both feral and domestic. Janet shares her experiences as a feral cat colony caretaker, how she came to understand the individual cats, and the relationships they built together.

The author takes the reader through the myriad of emotions she experiences in caring for the cats—from unmitigated jubilation to the depths of sorrow to a level of compassion that she never knew existed within her.

Blessings from My Cats provides a window into the secret lives of cats in the wild, and the surprising ways these cats demonstrate their profound appreciation for their humans on a daily basis, delighting and resonating with cat lovers of all ages.

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Rehoming Love

Rehoming Love: Tail Thumping Adventures of Happily Adopted Canines

By Kate J. Kuligowski

Join author Kate J. Kuligowski as she brings us into the world of dog rescue through 37 heart-warming, tail-thumping episodes of the successful rescues and rehomings of an assortment of fantastic but hopeless, deserted dogs of all ages. We’ll travel through history from as far back as 1910 through today, and meet dogs of different breeds and sizes—some with physical impediments, all left in nearly impossible situations.

Rehoming Love provides a peek into a world and rehoming experience that can at times be convoluted, but also incredible and joyous. These are stories for any dog lover who has been enchanted or bewildered by their dog’s forever loyalty, or has experienced the intoxication that follows a successful rescue or rehoming of a pet.

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Harley Saves the Day

Harley Saves the Day

By Karen Patterson
Illustrated by Nina Robichaud

Harley is a loving dog with a big body and a loud bark. When Anthony adopts him from the animal shelter in town, the two immediately become best friends.

It comes as a surprise when they encounter neighbors on their morning walk who are frightened by Harley’s physical features. Despite Anthony’s attempts to showcase Harley’s friendly personality, neighbors put pressure on him to keep Harley inside and away from their homes.

When a house fire threatens the life of an elderly neighbor, Harley jumps into action to save her life. Ironically, it’s Harley’s loud bark that alerts rescuers to their location and brings the help she so desperately needs. Through Harley’s heroic act, will the neighborhood begin to look beyond his physical appearance and see him for the caring dog that he is?

Join Harley as he proves that kindness and compassion can change the world. Harley Saves the Day is perfect for ages 7 and up, and makes a wonderful addition to humane or anti-bullying education programs.

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Oliver's Big Problem

Oliver’s BIG Problem
Farm Tales Series: Oliver & Friends

By Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Jessie Miller

Oliver is one happy pig with a big personality! He loves his home, his friends, and the healthy food and exercise he gets at the farm. But Oliver did not always live on the farm. His first home was far too small!

Discover how he ended up at the farm and get to know Oliver in the first of the Farm Tales Series written just for early readers in grades Pre-K-2. The book text incorporates early sight words as well as discussion questions for parents and educators to support growth in critical thinking and empathy for others.

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Raffy Calfy's Rescue

Raffy Calfy’s Rescue
Animal Protector Series Vol. 3

By Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by C.A. Wulff

The calf plopped to the ground, looking as grumpy as she felt. She had energy to spare, but nowhere to run and no one to play with. She was trapped! Her mom let out an amused snort, and then licked her little snout clean.

Suddenly there was a commotion in the barn, and a loud braying sent her scurrying under her mother, cowering and shaking. “What’s that noise?” The sound grew louder. Raffy peered through a gap in the wooden fence and saw a huge brown beast, with shiny fur and black trimmings on his feet and face.

“It’s a horse, honey,” replied Momma. Here at the Lazy M Rodeo Company, stories were passed from pen to pen about how the horses helped the humans rope baby cows for “fun and entertainment”; but it sure wasn’t fun for the calves, or their mothers who lowed in frustration as their babies were pulled from their sides.

Over the next few days, Raffy Calfy, Momma Cow, and Serge the horse developed a friendship, even making up silly jokes and playing tricks on one another. Finally, the time came for Serge to tell Rhonda and Raffy all about the rodeo, and the dangers it held for cows and calves.

Was all hope lost? Would Raffy and Momma Cow ever make it to the meadow? Find out in Raffy Calfy’s Rescue, The Animal Protector Series Vol. 3. The book and the Animal Protector Series is perfect for ages 8 and up, and includes a vocab builder and lesson starter questions, too.

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One Eye

One Eye: A Squirrel’s Tale

By Laura W. Eckroat
Illustrated by Greg White

There once was a bright blue house, with a slippery slate roof and a creaky crooked porch, that sat to the left of the fork in the road. The porch was a peaceful gathering place, and the man who lived there often sat and enjoyed the view and the humans and animals who so often stopped by.

The man scattered peanuts and seeds on the porch for the animals, who looked forward to their tasty treats. One day, the man in the bright blue house, with the slippery slate room, and the creaky crooked porch was watching the current summer storm, when he realized he was no longer alone.

A small, injured brown squirrel sat motionless just a few feet away…

Would the man in the bright blue house be able to help the wounded little squirrel? Find out in One Eye: A Squirrel’s Tale, by author Laura W. Eckroat. Includes the story of the real-life One Eye and White Ears, PLUS a wildlife sample lesson that can be used along with the book by teachers and humane educators for grades 1-5.

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Wild Hare

Wild Hare

By Laura Koerber

“The world is coming to an end.”

I pushed the oil rags and cigarette butts off the seat of my friend Arne’s old pickup truck and climbed in. He threw the truck into gear, gunned the engine, and smirked. “What’s the point of being a fairy if you can’t wave a magic wand and get shit done?”

Yeah, I’m a fairy.

No, not that kind.

I’m half-human, half-forest spirit from the wild hare clan—what anthropologists call a trickster—and I live by the wild hare code of “feed, fight, fornicate”; except that’s using the nice word for it.

Maybe Arne had a point. Maybe I didn’t fight hard enough to better this world I so reluctantly belonged to. After all, my personal life was generally OK, so why get into a brawl about shit I couldn’t change?

What I didn’t know, as the ruined scenery brushed past, was that my personal life would soon go tits up too, and I’d get pushed into fighting in ways I’d never fought before. Lucky me.

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Elyse's Escape

Elyse’s Escape
Kindness to Animals Series Vol. 5

By Heather Leughmyer
Illustrated by April Pedersen

Under the big top, Elyse was born; from birth she was trained to obey. She would travel the country, perform for the crowds, but never got to play. Her costumes were extravagant; she wore feathers on her head. But she didn’t have a family, or a warm and cozy bed.

Each night Elyse would fall asleep exhausted and forlorn, wishing for the mom she hadn’t seen since she was born.

One evening when the crowds were gone and she was tethered for the night, Elyse noticed for the first time that her ropes were rather tight. She wasn’t quite the fragile baby that she used to be; she was stronger now, but could she break her binds and easily run free?

Find out in this lyrical rhyming story from author Heather Leughmyer, part of her Kindness to Animals Series. Perfect for ages 5 and up, and excellent for both humane education and library and family story time.

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The Curse of Cur

The Curse of Cur: The Chained Gods Series Book 2

By Tamira Thayne

An animal activist teenager continues her quest to save two dimensions in this sequel to The Wrath of Dog

Baylee jumped out of bed, momentarily forgetting about her father slumbering in the chair next to her. Her heart gave a tug at his presence, but this was no time for sentimentality.

She couldn’t afford to be sidetracked from her vision—the vision that told her they needed to get to New York City, and fast.

Because she knew where the Akita they’d seen on screen yesterday, her father’s second in command, was chained…

And her mother was not gonna be happy about it.

Baylee had been instrumental in freeing her father, the king of Perrin, mere days ago from his own 18-year captivity as a chained German shepherd. Now it was time for Baylee, her father, and Perrin’s remaining top generals to buck up. It was her mission, their collective mission, to find the chained warriors, unearth the remaining four keys, and rescue both Perrin and Earth from the grip of Phoebus, The Scion, and their legion of minions.

Easy peasy.

Baylee leaned heavily against the bathroom wall, toothbrush hanging from her mouth. Oh, who was she kidding.

The future looked daunting, indeed.

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Rocky's Story

The Returned: Rocky’s Story, Book Two

By Samantha K. Riggi

Anna and her best friend Molly run a blog and podcast called The Returned, helping returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With four successful adoptions through their program, the girls discuss choosing their next dog to feature. Unbeknownst to Anna and Molly, their mission will find them—in the form of a chained dog named Rocky.

Rocky is a pit bull mix who is forgotten in the summer heat in an overgrown backyard next door to the town library. When the girls and their friend Erin stumble across Rocky and his dilemma, they are faced with moral and ethical decisions.

How can they free the dog from a bad situation and get him into a loving home?

In the meantime, they discover a local family has been living homeless, and they too are in need of assistance. Will Anna, Molly, and Erin find a way to work through the challenges to find a happy ending for both Rocky and a family in need? Find out in this second installment of The Returned: Rocky’s Story.

Perfect for ages 10 and up and grades 4-8, the series also makes an excellent humane education tool for nonprofits and humane educators.

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Fiona Finds Love

Fiona Finds Love

By Rhonda Lucas Donald
Illustrated by Erin Nielson

They call me the trash cat. But my name is Fiona.

That’s what my family used to call me before they moved away. “She’ll be fine,” they said. “She’s a cat, after all.”

Now I’m on my own.

Fiona is an abandoned cat trying to survive and feed her kittens. Like so many other felines, she faces the dangers of life outdoors on her own: speeding cars, sickness, parasites, hunger, and cold. Will she beat the odds and find a better life for herself and her babies?

Fiona Finds Love dispels the myth that cats can fend for themselves and ought to be outside. Cats deserve our love and care—and have so much of both to give back. The book is perfect for early readers from age 5 and up, and works great in the classroom and as part of humane education efforts, too.

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Hachi & Friends

Hachi and Friends

By Anastasia Ormeron
Illustrated by Chiara Intropido

If you happen to be passing through Shibuya Railway Station, in the chaotic heart of Tokyo, you are certain to come across a small bronze statue of a dog.

This is Hachi-kò, the ‘Loyal Akita Inu of Japan’, who waited faithfully at that exact spot for almost ten years in the hope of his master’s return.

Shibuya Station is a focal point in this delightful tale combining fact and fiction, and every afternoon our hero unfailingly meets the incoming three o’clock train, seeking the one familiar face which means so much to him—that of Master Ueno.

A mysterious kidnapping sets Hachi and friends on a trail that twists and turns through the Tokyo of the 1920s, and Hachi comes face to face with his worst fear. Will he overcome it to win the day?

You’ll meet some of Hachi’s many human and animal friends, including Maro, the vagabond mixed breed who is proud to live as a street dog, Goro, who was abandoned as a puppy outside the police station and now acts as police dog, and Debbie, Hachi’s special fox terrier friend who lives next door.

This illustrated story for ages 9 and up is dedicated to Hachi, on his eighty-fourth Memorial Anniversary.

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Ouzo the Greek

Ouzo the Greek: A Year in
the Life of a Greek Rescue Dog

By Lisa Edwards

After being hit by a car and left for dead on the streets of Greece, I was rescued by my heroine and first love, Ermioni. With broken bones and open wounds so severe my flesh was beginning to rot, the only option was to amputate my leg.

Ermioni nursed me back to health and I lived for a time at the Diasozo Animal Rescue shelter. However, I was becoming depressed, as the healthier dogs were pushing me out of the way when there was food to be had.

My guardian angel continued to look out for me and share my story on social media all around the world, until one day I found my very own Mama and Papa, in little old England.

And this is where my story begins. . . .

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Clarabelle Comes Clean

Clarabelle Comes Clean

By Timothy J. Verret
Illustrated by April Pedersen

Clarabelle Pig was drinking from the school water fountain when Barrett Frog hopped in front of her, blocking her. He stood with Andrea Fox and Ferdinand Rabbit, all laughing.

“Pigs shouldn’t drink out of fountains!” said Barrett, leaping and chuckling.

“They’re too dirty,” Andrea said, wrapping her gorgeous tail around her neck.

“Oink, oink, stinky piggy!” chimed in Ferdinand, holding his whiskered nose.

Clarabelle shook her head and stomped off to her next class. “I’m so tired of those meanies saying pigs are muddy and smelly,” she thought. “I’m gonna prove them wrong, once and for all.”

Find out how Clarabelle stops the hurtful name-calling in its tracks in Clarabelle Comes Clean, a wonderful addition to humane education classwork and lessons in bullying and societal stereotyping. The book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and the illustrations keep the attention of younger students too in parental, library, and classroom read-alongs.

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Tiffany Rolls On

Tiffany Rolls On

By Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Meet tiny Tiffany and her big personality in this touching story of compassion, determination, and triumph. Readers will discover the dark and dank place (a puppy mill) where Tiffany began her life, and experience her rescue and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Yet even after her rescue Tiffany struggles to play like the other dogs, due to her injuries and weak legs. With the help of her foster mom Ashley, Tiffany gains strength in both body and spirit while she waits for her adoptive family.

Tiffany discovers independence and positivity when she gets a wheelchair that allows her to run and play like the other dogs.

Tiffany Rolls On promotes perspective building and empathy for others, while also supporting conversations about both animal welfare and the fact that our commonalities outweigh our differences. Perfect for ages 4 and up, Tiffany’s story can be useful in a variety of humane-themed lessons, including discussions about disabilities, animal welfare, adoption, and companion animal care.

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Spittin' Kitten's Speed-Away

Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away
Animal Protector Series Vol. 2

By Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

The little orange kitten stopped and scratched his neck. “Fleas,” he mumbled to himself; he could feel the bugs wandering around in his fur, stopping for a bite every now and again. Yuk! He was hungry, too, but he knew his mother was struggling to feed him and his four siblings.

Spittin’ plopped himself down in their nest beside the barn. Had the humans simply forgotten to put food out? he wondered. Maybe he could be the one to remind them.

Spittin’ had never been around people before, but—pushing his fear aside—he bravely left the den in search of help. When he reached the other side of the barn, he jumped back in shock. In front of him splayed out a whole big world he’d never known existed!

Soon Spittin’ finds himself on an unexpected adventure—he flies through the air, scrambles for a hiding place, and even takes an unexpected ride in the engine of a car. Where will the little kitten end up, and will he get help for his family?

Find out in Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, perfect for ages 7 and up. The book also features vocab builders throughout the story, and excels as part of a humane education curriculum.

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The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam

By Dale Seddon

“I was born,” he began, “by a dumpster at noon,
In a broken down doghouse with only one room,
With only one window we used as a door,
With rats in the rafters and mud on the floor.”

Raised by a single parent, the outlaw collie Sam and his seven siblings run wild and free, feasting on castaway food in garbage cans and chasing after humans to scare them, all for the fun of it. Then one day disaster strikes. Sam and his brothers and sisters mistakenly frighten the wrong human. The Catchers arrive at the dilapidated doghouse in the middle of the night, guns in hand. Sam is wounded. But he manages to escape.

The next day, Sam is found by a Keeper, a kind human who takes the dog home and sets about training him.

“He healed my wound and he purchased a tag.
I trained to the collar and re-learned to wag.
It wasn’t all easy. Oh no, to be sure.
I yearned for the smell of the pack and the poor.
I longed for my snout in the wind and the fun,
For the thrill of the free in the rush of the run.
But slowly I learned that I had to obey.
The Keeper was mine if I wanted to stay.”

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam is so far outside the box that it’s difficult to label as anything but absolutely unique. Part poem, part fantasy, part courtroom drama, and part—a very large part—the true story of the real outlaw collie Sam, a Heinz-57 variety mongrel dog whose life and adventures were the inspiration for the story.

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam and its companion story about the real Sam are both captivating tales. The story of the trial itself is beautifully told. It bounces along in an almost musical fashion—especially when the narrative poem describing it is read aloud. It provides an intimate glimpse into how “guilt” or “innocence” is established for our animal friends.

And the story about the real outlaw collie Sam? Well, that is worth reading too, if for no other reason than to avoid making the same mistakes that the author did when Sam chose him to be his Keeper.

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The Moody Pencil

The Moody Pencil

Samantha K. Riggi
Illustrated by Richard Clark

Connor’s pencil has been acting out lately; in fact, he’s become especially moody!

When Pencil purposefully ruins Connor’s math paper AND his book about whale sharks, Connor tries to reason with him. Connor even apologizes for biting him on the butt and sharpening him roughly, but Pencil refuses to listen.

Soon Connor realizes that Pencil has run away. Will Pencil continue his life on the run? How will Connor get his work done without his friend Pencil?

Find out in this funny take on the daily grind of the school pencil. This full-color, comic-style book is perfect for ages 7 and up, and the back and forth letters between Connor and Pencil will engage even the reluctant reader.

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The Lost Tooth

The Never Ending Thank You

By Samantha K. Riggi
Illustrated by Niki Stage

“My birthday will be fantastically flawless!” Meghan declared from the center of the room she had just decorated with her mother.

Meghan was so excited for her birthday party that she had planned out every detail, including the thank you cards. After she hand delivers her thank yous to her friends, she’s surprised when her best friend Sidney writes a thank you card back.

“It’s beautiful,” Meghan said earnestly, though she was beginning to worry.

Meghan writes Sidney another card, but when Sidney writes back again, Meghan can’t help but wonder if thank you cards are ever supposed to end!

The Never Ending Thank You is simple and beautifully illustrated by artist Niki Stage, and yet presents a lesson that’s never too early to learn about the ins and outs of friendship and communication.

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I Gave Hundreds of Tours through Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Sheds. He Deserves No Pro Bowl Honor.

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The property as I saw it on February 1, 2011

My nonprofit organization bought Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound in Surry County, Virginia, and transformed it to a rescue facility for formerly chained dogs. As such, I walked the grounds where his dogs were chained, fought, and died for four years.

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One of Vick’s footballs, abandoned in the weeds.

The black sheds where his dogs trained and ultimately lost their lives still stand today, serving as a stark and brutal reminder of the world of dogfighting.

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Our dog Sloan the day we bought the property.

What I remember about my first experience with the house and grounds of 1915 Moonlight Road was a stillness, a loneliness, an oppressive feel; yet underneath there was a yearning for more—a wish to be seen, to be heard. Did the land, the souls who remained on the property seek redemption for the blood spilled in their name? Perhaps.

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The sheds in 2013

I couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to protect the ground and all those lying therein, a similar desire to what one might experience when visiting battlefields or other sites of tragedy—a wish to somehow “fix” the horrors of the past.

To me, the grounds and buildings there were never evil, but instead almost hallowed by the pain they’d been forced to witness. They were victims of the evils of man in a way similar to the dogs who suffered so greatly within them.

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Almost everyone who came to visit asked to tour those sheds, and during my four years I would lead hundreds of people through them, highlighting how each had been used in the dogfighting operation.

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Car axles dogs were chained to in the clearings.

I’ve cried and I’ve watched others cry, as they were so touched by the plight of the fighting dog and so moved by what occurred there that their emotions overtook them. Not a single person who went in there came out unaffected. That is the power of those sheds.

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Rusty chains left hanging in the sheds.

Dog lovers felt a need to see where the crimes were committed, to understand the depths of the depravity involved in dogfighting. Most left with a strengthened resolve to put an end to this horrific abuse of our “best friends”.

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Board where the carpet mill was placed to train the dogs. BNK stood for Badd Newz Kennels.

The buildings appeared hastily and poorly erected, especially compared to the pristine white house decorously built at the front of the property. Three of the four sheds had spray-painted black interiors, too—even down to the windows—to keep anyone from seeing inside.

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DDB employee giving a tour of the dark shed.

The far right shed consisted of darkened kennels for the injured and mothers with pups. This shed gave off a pervasively eerie feel, the walls scraped with claw marks by dogs desperate to escape.

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Old collar and ESPN mug in fight shed.

Finally, there was the two-story fight shed, closest to the house. There were still odds and ends left in this shed, almost like it had frozen in time. Anything that the feds hadn’t considered as evidence for their case against Vick and his buddies still remained as it was four years earlier. This included an ESPN mug, old collars, lots of rusty chains, some cement dog bowls, and, creepiest of all, a puppy calendar from 2007.

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Old jackets draped over camp chairs in the fight room.

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Old stereo on the floor of the fight room.

Upstairs, where the dog fights actually occurred, was like stepping into a time warp. There were two old sweat jackets tossed over camp chairs, an old stereo and speakers, cut out squares in the floor from where the feds tested the wood for blood, and old tan carpet remnants.

The windows were painted black, and dog scratches etched the walls.

If there is indeed a hell, I hope that this is one of the rooms dogfighters end up in, forced to fight for their lives day in and day out.

The man who had these sheds built, who planned and financed an elaborate dogfighting operation, who served not a single day in jail for the crime of animal cruelty, was none other than the man the Pro Bowl now seeks to honor with a captainship today: Michael Vick.

“Yeah fine. I killed the dogs. I hung them. I slammed them. I killed all of them. I lost f@*king millions, all over some f@*king dogs.”—Michael Vick, October 12, 2007, after failing his polygraph.

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We transformed it to a beautiful home for our rescue dogs.

The argument has been made that Vick served his time and he deserves our forgiveness. That he’s shown remorse.

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The axle the carpet mill was attached to. It was taken for evidence.

I would argue that the remaining physical evidence of his crimes instead shows a man determined to commit atrocities against our best friends, to use them in a way most heinous and slaughter those who failed him—and the only reason he stopped was because he got caught.

While even murderers may be worthy of God’s forgiveness, that doesn’t mean that they should be upheld and honored by man.

If Vick’s crimes against the voiceless aren’t enough for a lifetime of dishonor, what would be enough?

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Tamira Thayne,  chained in front of the PA state Capitol, advocating for a law.

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please click here and start signing. Thank you!

—Tamira Thayne is the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, and the author of the newly-released: “It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups”, now available from Who Chains You Books.

Some photos here courtesy of photographer Rita Thomas.

What Happens when Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound is Bought by an Animal Activist? Find out in “It Went to the Dogs”

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We’re Proud to Announce Our New Release,
from Who Chains You Books!

It Went to the Dogs:
How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups

by Tamira Thayne

What could possibly go wrong when a dog activist buys Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound? As it turns out…everything.

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The house sat empty, an eerie white sentinel against the flat winter landscape, now guarding only whispers of the past. A six-foot white metal fence with coded entry gate lined the country road, abandoning its purpose at the property line and allowing passage to all with the temerity and curiosity to walk around.

The bullet hole in the front window went unnoticed.

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Tamira Thayne was alone, parked across the street, and early for her appointment with the Hampton Roads, Virginia realtor. Today was the day she’d tour Michael Vick’s former dogfighting compound, something she’d never imagined nor particularly wanted to do.

It seemed pretty creepy, truth be told.

Tamira felt the whispers surround her, reaching out. The rescuer in her wanted to rescue the ghosts, too; embrace the broken dogs who lay undiscovered and probably buried on the property, assure them they weren’t forgotten. She shuddered, pulling herself together.

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The decision Tamira would make that fateful day in February 2011 would lead not only to a home for her nonprofit’s rescue dogs, but also to the most turbulent four years of her life: she faced down allegations of racism, community harassment, poisoning, and, ultimately, false charges aimed at driving her and Dogs Deserve Better from the county.

There was a reason Michael Vick felt he could get away with dogfighting in Surry County, Virginia—and why he got away with it for as long as he did…

With over 200 bw photos and documents.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-946044-67-9 • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-946044-69-3

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About the Author

Tamira Thayne pioneered the anti-tethering movement in America, forming and leading the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better for 13 years.

During her time on the front lines of animal activism and rescue she took on plenty of bad guys (often failing miserably); her swan song culminated in the purchase and transformation of Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound to a chained-dog rescue and rehabilitation center. She’s spent 878 hours chained to a doghouse on behalf of the voiceless in front of state capitol buildings nationwide.

Tamira is the author of It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups, the Chained Gods Series, the Animal Protectors Series, Foster Doggie Insanity, and Capitol in Chains. She’s the editor of More Rescue Smiles, and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles. In 2016 she founded Who Chains You, publishing books by and for animal activists and rescuers.

Tamira is an Air Force veteran who lives by a river in the woods of northern Virginia, with her husband, daughter, one dog, six cats, and hundreds of outside birds and critters she adores from afar.

Akitas Are Taking Pics with our Hachi & Friends Book . . . And the Author is Delighted!

hachicover19lo-dropWe wouldn’t call her a viral sensation—yet!—but author Anastasia Ormeron is delighted to find fans of her book, Hachi & Friends, posting pics with their pups (mostly Akitas) and the book.

And what better time than the 96th Birthday of their beloved Hachi!

Anastasia writes:

“One day this week*, ninety-six years ago, a litter of puppies was born in the barn of a wealthy landowner in snowy Odate, northern Japan. Two months later, on the 14th of January, 1924, amidst a terrifying blizzard, one of these dogs, by the name of Hachi, would leave his hometown never to return.

“His destiny was to live an extraordinary life in Tokyo—one that would change not only the history of Japanese dogs, but would also lead to the creation of a new breed, the American Akita.

The story of this one brave and loyal Akita Inu stole the hearts of an entire nation and made him famous in years to follow, the whole world over. Hachi-ko’s timeless message of dignity, hope, and love is as precious today as it was during his lifetime—he will not be forgotten!”

*(Hachi’s estimated birth date is 10th November, 1923.)

Fans the world over are buying Hachi & Friends and sending photos of their dogs with their copy to author Anastasia Ormeron, providing both touching and funny moments. The book can be purchased on any Amazon site just by searching the name or ISBN of 978-1946044471. Below are some popular links. It’s also available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook.

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Enjoy Some of the Book’s Fans and their Stories, Below!

This “Hachi & Friends” VIP furry reader certainly needs no introduction for those of you familiar with the “Akita World” Facebook Group! So let’s have some serious love for Brad and his beautiful boy Arrow.


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Here’s gorgeous Sasha from Sheffield in the UK, hard at work studying her brand new copy of “Hachi & Friends”.


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“Bandit is a rescued Malamute, that came to us from the Northeast. We do not always know their stories, but from what we were told, he was an ‘outside dog’, and did not know much about inside living. Well, all that was about to change!

Being his second foster home, we worked with him on making adjustments, and decided to adopt him. Bandit is a strong boy, who doesn’t realize quite how big he really is…

Nowadays, one of his favorite hobbies is to read an amazingly good book by the fireplace, as you can see.

After learning about Hachiko, I look at Bandit with even more love, compassion—and patience!”—Patricia Davis


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Beautiful nine-year-old brindle Ludo lives in a quiet village set in the South Wales Valley, surrounded by mountains, forests, and even has a river of his very own to play in!

Ludo’s human, Charlotte Wall, reveals that hers is a very special boy . . . and that he is also extremely spoilt, but absolutely worth every moment spent together.

Ludo refuses to leave his family’s side—with the sole exception of trips to the supermarket, which he doesn’t appreciate!

“Hi Anastasia! My mum told me that as soon as she finishes work, she’s going to read me our new, special book!”—Charlotte and Ludo


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“I had not owned a dog of my own until ten years ago, when I stumbled upon the Akita breed, which quite stole my heart. So regal, loving and loyal, I could never have any other—to me, they are the very best!

We found Kosh through the amazing “Friends of Akitas” website, soon after the loss of our beloved Phoebe. Kosh is a goofball and, at times, something of a hooligan. But he is also definitely a mummy’s boy, and I wouldn’t have him any other way!”—Elaine and Kosh, Merseyside, northern England


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Four-year-old Akita Gulia lives in the picturesque countryside near Minsk, Bielorussia, and even has a world-famous Nobel prizewinner as her neighbour and friend!

Lovely owner Elena, who you can see here enjoying an autumn picnic and some fun Akita reading time with Gulia, writes . . .

“My husband has always dreamed of owning an Akita Inu. So when we decided to move away from the city, we had no further doubts.

“Gulia fills our lives with happiness and our hearts with smiles every single day.

“She adores car rides, and sits expectantly, paws stretched out towards the back seat, waiting for that ‘magic push’ from those human minions to help her aboard . . . typically Akita! In these moments, we call her our princess.

“Sadly, in our country there are many abandoned animals, and we do our best to help. We believe that every dog deserves a good home and a family to love.”—Elena and Gulia


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(OK, this dog Thomas is just MASSIVE! Any dog who can make an Akita look small has got to be YOOGE!)

Meet beautiful Lilly from Puyallup in Washington. Lilly’s human, Jennifer Hansen writes:

“When we adopted our Alaskan Malamute, a puppy of three months, my son David called him Thomas, after his favorite cartoon, “Thomas the Train”. Thomas quickly grew to a whopping 180 pounds and the two became inseparable.

“Just over two years ago, we decided to enlarge our family, and met some local pups. Four lovely American Akitas came tumbling out—but only one ran over to us.

“I was sitting on the ground, thinking how beautiful this little girl was, when she licked my face and barked. She had already made her mind up that we were to be her new family, and stole our hearts on the spot!

“We named her Lilly, and when we took her home to be introduced to Thomas, it was love at first sight. To this day they are the best of friends—Lilly certainly put a new fire into our old boy’s step!”—Jennifer and Lilly


If our last story featured a decidedly ‘oversize’ furry reader, today we are proud to present the tiniest in our growing collection.

Hulk and Snow live in Fort Worth, Texas with their human, Patricia D’Andrea, who adopted them as puppies from a neighbour two years ago.

Despite their miniature size, Patricia tells me that the two brothers have succeeded in eating their way through four sofas since their arrival—evidently partners in crime!

And how cute are these drawings of Patricia’s delightful little Jack Russel/Chihuahua duo, created by their friend and dogsitter, eleven-year-old Coral Jaramillo!


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Here is Drummer’s story as given to me by his guardian, Lowen Zeiner, from Palm Bay, Florida . . .

“I adopted Drummer from a ranch last June. He turned eight in August.

“As a puppy, Drummer competed in ‘conformation shows’, and then took early retirement to spend more time with his siblings!

“He was very standoffish towards me at first, in typical Akita mode, as he had only belonged to one person previously.

“It took me many months for him to fully accept me into his life. But things so valuable have to be earned, and Drummer is worth much more to me than anything else.

“He is a loving, loyal companion – and also my very best friend.”—Lowen and Drummer


Greetings to our two very handsome  ‘senior citizen’ furry readers, Sebastian and Copper, from Keeling in Virginia.

Owner Bruce Burnette writes:

“Since I adopted Sebastian (16) and his son Copper (15) in 2011, we have learned so much from each other. They have tought me civility, dignity, and a little taste of Japanese manners too!

“As you know, Hachiko is very close to my heart—and my dear Hachi friends Sebastian and Copper have shown me, throughout the years, friendship, companionship and love, the very same that the loyal dog Hachi would have given.

“I call these two Shibas my ‘Hachi boys’—what better way to show them both how much I love them!”—Bruce, Sebastian, and Copper


Our lovely and very large furry reader Akira comes to us from Berea, Kentucky.

Daniel Mayfield writes:

“My girlfriend drove for six hours to collect Akira, as I had to work that day.

“She was the ‘runt’ of the litter, and the last to find her furever home.

“Jill was extremely skeptical at the outset, as she had never owned a dog of her own before. But she stated that she immediately knew Akira was ‘the one’ and vice versa, as soon as they set eyes on each other!

“Akira was probably the largest of all her littermates, despite being a girl. Today, we find her beautiful, smart and, like most Akitas, very stubborn! Wherever we go, people ask her breed and comment how beautiful she is.”—Daniel and Akira


Nicolle Joy Wilfenger, from Indianapolis writes:

“I first met Charlie, AKA “Boo Bear”, in 2006, when a friend told me there was a one- year-old Shiba in the shelter. Knowing the uniqueness of the breed, she wanted at all costs to avoid an unknowing adopter taking the dog, without realizing the particular care he required.

“We had just lost one of our pups, and were more than happy with the two we had left …. I certainly wasn’t looking to take on another—so I reluctantly agreed to take a look, but made no promises!

“When we arrived, the shelter was closed, which allowed us a moment’s privacy.

“Ruby, our scared, abused German Shepherd ran and hid on a shelf behind some dog food, while Lady, our black and tan Shiba, sat aloof in typical Shiba fashion.

“A man brought the puppy towards me, wrapped in a blanket. He told me that the purebred Shiba belonged to his daughter, who was away at college. As he already owned a cat and another dog, Charlie had become an unwanted extra!

“The puppy was shivering uncontrollably under his little blanket. As I lifted him gently, Ruby seemed instantly drawn to him and slowly crept out from the safety of her shelf to meet him.

“Charlie never made it to the adoption floor—once his hold was up, and the vetting procedures seen to, Mike, my husband, brought him home.

“That was 15 years ago. Charlie is a Libra just like me, and we celebrated his fifteenth birthday this month! He is still my fiesty Boo Bear, with a high-pitched, loud bark, which he uses mercilessly to get his own way, and boundless energy.

“I cherish my days with him, and find myself moved to tears as I watch him snuggling close over a movie, looking up at me lovingly. I have asked Charlie to make sure he lives to be the oldest Shiba on record, because I simply cannot imagine my life without him!”—Nicolle and Charlie


The stories continue to roll in to author Anastasia Ormeron’s inbox. She loves sharing pics of the pups with her book, and their stories, too, with all the Hachi lovers out there. We may share a second installment soon!

Anastasia is also hard at work on the second book in the series, so fans take heart. There is more “Detective Hachi” to come!


About the Book

Hachi & Friends

Second Edition

by Anastasia Ormeron
Illustrated by Chaira Intropido
Narrated by Ellery Truesdell

If you happen to be passing through Shibuya Railway Station, in the chaotic heart of Tokyo, you are certain to come across a small bronze statue of a dog.

This is Hachi-kò, the ‘Loyal Akita Inu of Japan’, who waited faithfully at that exact spot for almost ten years in the hope of his master’s return.

Shibuya Station is a focal point in this delightful tale combining fact and fiction, and every afternoon our hero unfailingly meets the incoming three o’clock train, seeking the one familiar face which means so much to him—that of Master Ueno.

A mysterious kidnapping sets Hachi and friends on a trail that twists and turns through the Tokyo of the 1920s, and Hachi comes face to face with his worst fear. Will he overcome it to win the day?

You’ll meet some of Hachi’s many human and animal friends, including Maro, the vagabond mixed breed who is proud to live as a street dog, Goro, who was abandoned as a puppy outside the police station and now acts as police dog, and Debbie, Hachi’s special fox terrier friend who lives next door.

This illustrated story for ages 9 and up is dedicated to Hachi, on his eighty-fourth Memorial Anniversary.

ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-47-1

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About the Author

Anastasia Ormeron is a mother, a teacher, and now a writer. A friend to all animals since childhood, she carries many of their beloved stories into the classroom, believing that some of life’s greatest lessons can be learned from them.

Anastasia spent most of her crazier growing up years in London, but shares a quieter life today, in a tiny corner of the Italian Alps, with her husband and grumpy grey cat, Mathilda.

A Rescued Greyhound, a Scotty Dog, and a…UFO?

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Now Available, from WCY Books
The Case of the Mysterious UFO

The Adventures of Swift & Pete, Vol. 1

By Ronnell Jackson
Illustrations by Brynakha Vaettir

Mahmah adopted Swift when she visited the local animal shelter; the greyhound caught her eye, sad and lonely in his kennel. She took him home, cleaned him up, and taught him what it was like to live as a beloved family companion. A year later a skinny, matted Scottish terrier named Pete landed on their doorstep, and soon their little family had expanded to three.

What Mahmah had no way of knowing was that Swift and Pete had once lived as strays together, running the streets and scrounging to survive. They’d been close friends and partners in crime, until circumstances—and Animal Control—separated them.

Now trouble awaited the duo once more, as they slipped under their fence and into the dark of night. Swift and Pete raced through the neighboring woods in search of adventure, laughing and remembering the old days. Suddenly a bright ball of light appeared in the sky, streaking toward them and growing brighter and larger before lowering into the dense growth ahead.

They slowed to a stop.

What was that, a meteor? Some kind of aircraft? As the dogs and their friend Icebox investigate The Case of the Mysterious UFO, truths about the mistreatment of animals on our planet and the disappearance of their fellow canines come to light, and their world will never be the same.

The Adventures of Swift and Pete make perfect early chapter readers for ages 9 and up, and can easily fit into school and humane education programs, too.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-946044-61-7

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About the Author

ronnelljacksonpic-loRonnell Jackson first became interested in writing in 2006, when he was 54. A North Carolina newspaper held their annual Christmas story contest, and although he didn’t win, seeing his name in print had a profound affect on him. It led him to take a creative writing course with the University of North Carolina, and he began entering other writing contests. After a few years of effort, he’d finally won first place!

It was during those years that he wrote The Adventures of Swift & Pete, and other stories, too. The Case of the Mysterious UFO is his first published book.

About the Illustrator

brynloBrynakha Vaettir lives in the mountains of Virginia, and spends her free time drawing, reading, and playing video games. She has a great love for cats, most frequently illustrating feline and other hybrid animal characters. Her tabby Sparta holds her heart for all of eternity, but she also makes room for most cats she meets. You can find her art online at www.deviantart.com/brynakha.

“4 Love of Animals” Using Coloring Books in Creative Way, Brings Awareness for Chained Dogs

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Not only does Who Chains You Books sell our Happy Dog! Coloring Books online and in bulk through our website, we also license the coloring book to nonprofit anti-chaining groups to help them raise awareness for suffering dogs in their communities.

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It’s a win/win. Often, small local groups don’t have the volunteer support or funding to commission an illustrator for their own book; licensing ours at a fraction of the cost enables them to quickly and easily get their own product. PLUS, we get the unique pleasure of knowing our books are making an even bigger difference to chain-ge minds and lives in communities across America.

When we license Happy Dog!: From Chained To Cherished, (by Tamira Thayne and illustrated by April Pedersen), we change the background cover color and personalize the cover and interior information for each group, so it truly becomes their own product. We then provide the directors with .pdf files to take to a local printer, and provide support as needed. The license is valid for ten years, too.

How 4 Love of Animals is Using their Happy Dog! Coloring Book to Make a Difference

4 Love of Animals is our most-recent licensee, and is located in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina. The group works to promote respect and compassion for all creatures through humane education, legislation, and action.

Denise Brooker, director of the organization, tells us: “We are dedicated to improving the lives of animals in Haywood County, North Carolina. Our main goal is to get an anti-chaining ordinance in all of Haywood County.”

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How is the Group Featuring their Coloring Book?

“We had two of our biggest fundraising events this month—very large downtown Waynesville art shows. We decided to hold an adoption event along with our new coloring books. We ‘rescued’ stuffed dogs from our local thrift stores and displayed them at our booth. For a small donation, the children (and adults) received their rescue dog of choice, a certificate of adoption, and a ‘Happy Dog’ coloring book. We sold out of all of our books!”

The group plans to continue their educational ‘adoptions’ using these coloring books throughout the year. They are also planning to approach their Board of Education and hope to get their coloring books into the classrooms.

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To read more about them, or donate for their work, visit www.4loveofanimals.net.

We asked 4 Love of Animals about the process of getting their version ready to go. Was it hard?

“The licensing process for ‘Happy Dog: from Chained to Cherished’ was so easy,” said Denise. “We took weeks trying to figure out how we wanted to personalize our version. Once we submitted our information, it took Who Chains You barely a day or two to finalize it. We are so impressed with the final product! The book was a huge success at recent events; in fact, we’re sold out and are ordering more this week!”

Our Final Question: Does the Group Rescue Chained Dogs? If so, What is their Favorite Story with Photos?

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4 Love of Animals works with our local Haywood County Animal Services to save dogs from horrible lives on chains. We get requests by concerned citizens about chained dogs in their neighborhoods and we check out the situation. If we decide the dog is in immediate danger, we contact an animal control officer or a sheriff deputy immediately. If there are violations and no immediate health risk, we request animal services to perform a wellness check and provide us with a copy of report. We continue to follow up as needed.

“We had one dog we’ll always remember, Damon. Damon was chained to a large tree in the owner’s front yard. Neighbors reported to us that the owners had not been home for at least a week and they were very concerned. Damon’s house was upside down and he seemed to be tangled up on a short chain. 4 Love of Animals went to the property and witnessed the same conditions.

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“We called our Animal Services and asked for an officer to come to address the situation. It was after hours and they would not come. We then called the Sheriff’s office, explaining that we were not leaving until an officer arrived. Long story short, we had several weeks of this same situation occurring over and over. There was no caretaker around for days at a time, and Damon would just sit on a log overlooking the creek that was his only water source. Finally, after much turmoil, the officer insisted that the owner surrender Damon to the shelter. Damon was adopted, and we’re hopeful he now has a much better and happier life.”

To read more about them, or donate for their work, visit www.4loveofanimals.net.

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Squeak the Squirrel, New from Wildlife Rehabber Rhonda Van

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Now Available from Who Chains You Books

Squeak the Squirrel

Written and Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Squeak’s family used to live in a big nest lined with leaves and dry grass. The little squirrel remembered a mother who loved and cared for them. But one morning there were loud noises outside the nest. “VRR VRRR! VRR VRRR!”

Their branch started shaking, then the whole nest fell to the ground . . . two men were trimming the tree! “Hey, look,” one said. “Baby squirrels!”

Squeak felt something big and wet lick him. Yuck, what was that? A dog’s tongue? The dog picked Squeak up in his wet mouth and ran happily around the yard. “EEP EEP!” Squeak cried. “EEEP! EEEEP!”

Oh, NO! What will happen to Squeak and his brother and sister now? Find out in Squeak the Squirrel, based on the true story of a rescue squirrel named Squeak. The book, beautifully illustrated in full color by author Rhonda Van, will delight any child or classroom, and fits perfectly into lesson areas for humane education or compassion discussions. Excellent for ages 7 and up, Squeak the Squirrel is a great choice for family bedtime, classroom, or solo reading adventures.

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About the Author

rhondavan2loRhonda Van is an artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover.

She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony. Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away and Tiffany Rolls On.