A Puppy Mill Dog Gets a New Life in “Tiffany Rolls On”, by Stephanie Itle-Clark

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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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The author, Stephanie Itle-Clark, tells us: “Almost 15 years ago a tiny dog, who it turns out was from a puppy mill, changed my life and my career. I swore that her short life would be one that motivated positive change and that I would use my education degrees to support those who wanted to teach about humane issues and the systemic abuses against animals and people so common in our society. One of the results of my promise to her is the Academy of Prosocial Learning, another is this picture book, Tiffany Rolls On.

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Stephanie 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.

About the Illustrator

Rhonda 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 illustrator of Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, and Tiffany Rolls On.

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The Trucker Whose Words Saved a Kitten and Inspired a Book

Author Tamira Thayne has a new book out this week, “Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away”, and in her blog post she tells the story behind the story. Check it out!

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The evening could have ended badly—very badly.

But because a trucker took the time to stop just long enough to get through to me, this story has a happy ending.

I know nothing more of the hero of this story other than that he was a black man with short hair, and it seems to me that his rig was white. I could be wrong, though, because it was his words that captivated my attention and stole the breath from my lungs: “I just saw something run under your car; it might have been a kitten.”

I was tired, it was late evening, and I was returning from taking my mother and stepfather to the beach for a few days. Our trip had ended on a sour note; my mother suffers from dementia, and the drive back to their house in Pennsylvania had been grueling for all of us…

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The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam • A Unique Look at the Plight of Man’s Best Friend

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Now Available, from Who Chains You Books:

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.

This title is perfect for middle school through adult, and can be used as a humane education tool for classroom use for the discussion of social issues as well.

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Cover illustration by Abbie Withers, who is available for commissioned work. Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/abbiesdrawingandpainting/

About the Author

Dale Seddon is a freelance writer and professional consultant. Many of his freelance pieces have appeared in daily and weekly newspapers, community newsletters and literary arts magazines. These include several award winning essays, short stories, poems and collages.

Dale is also the sole or primary author of over four-hundred private and public sector funding proposals, concept papers, annual reports, operational plans, feasibility studies, training manuals and strategic plans.

In 1982 and 1983 the Manitoba Arts Council sponsored Dale as an Artist in the Schools. He visited schools across Manitoba to read his unpublished children’s stories to the younger students and his essays, poems and short stories to students enrolled in Intermediate and High School.

Dale spent most of his working career in health care. He was a volunteer for the Company of Young Canadians (CYC), a Probation Officer for the British Columbia Corrections Service, an Addictions Counselor for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) and a generic Social Worker in Leaf Rapids.

Dale is semi-retired now and lives with his wife Joan in Leaf Rapids, Manitoba Canada.

Update: Bonnie Plafke, Florida Dog Rescuer, is Still in Need of a Kidney Donor!

Who Chains You Books and founder Tamira Thayne are helping a fellow animal advocate find a kidney donor. Please read and share far and wide, so Bonnie can finally find the donor to help her live a normal life! Thank you.

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Update, Christmas 2018:

My wonderful friend, Bonnie Plafke, is still in search of an O Blood Type kidney donor.

A big thank you to those who have also undergone testing since our first post, only to be denied for one reason for another. I join Bonnie in sending out a big THANK YOU for trying on her behalf!

Would you please continue to spread the word about Bonnie’s need for a donor, and contact Bonnie at 954-638-9943 or plafke@comcast.net if you can help? Thank YOU!

Original Blog Post, From July, 2018:

It is with a sad heart that I report today on my efforts to be a kidney donor for my animal rescue friend Bonnie Plafke. In initial testing, our blood matched well, so I flew to Florida last month for two days…

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Now Available: The Eclipse Dancer, Plus Holiday Gifts for Animal Lovers Galore!

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Now Available, in time for the Holidays!

The Eclipse Dancer

By Laura Koerber

Andy thought of flying. She imagined the air under her arms, her hair lifting and floating. She felt her heartbeat separate from the faraway beat and form its own rhythm: light, quick, a dancing thrum. When she opened her eyes, her yard was dusky and her mood had lightened.

She let her gaze drift across the darkening landscape. Andy’s heart filled with exultation. She raised her arms, fanned out her fingers, and arched her feet until she was on her toes.

She was assaulted by memories. Her mother was dying, and Danny had been dead for years. Her daughter was in Minneapolis, and Alana was up in the North Woods someplace. All of her childhood friends—the fairies, Hairy, Mr. Tolliver, and Kenshi—were gone.

Is it true that childhood is never overcome? “I have changed,” she whispered.

The light exploded into a ring of fire in a black sky: total eclipse.

She gently rose up into the warm, dark air and began to dance.

Paper ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-40-2

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About the Author

Laura Koerber is an artist and writer who lives on an island with her husband and two dogs. Laura divides her retirement time between dog rescue, care for disabled people, political activism, and yes, she tells herself stories while driving.

Her first book, The Dog Thief and Other Stories (written as Jill Kearney), was listed by Kirkus Review as one of the Hundred Best Books of 2015. She’s also the author of The Listener’s Tale, I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue, Limbo, The Shapeshifter’s Tale, and The Eclipse Dancer.

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There’s Still Time to Get a Great Deal on a WCY GiftPak!

Who Chains You Publishing is Offering Special Holiday GiftPaks—You Save $7-$25 on Gifts for Animal Lovers!

We’ve created 12 GiftPaks that pass
along Holiday Savings to You while bringing
Joy to Your Little Corner of the World

Unless you’ve met one of our authors at a booth or event near you, odds are you know Who Chains You Books only from our online presence. As a small publisher, we don’t yet have the funding for major distribution to the few remaining brick and mortar book stores.

We offer excellent discounts to small, independent bookstores to carry our books in offerings, but most of our sales still take place in the virtual marketplace. 

Because of this, every day through Christmas will be like Cyber Monday for us, and as such we’re giving you our best deals of the year!

We’re offering a limited number of Holiday Gifts Packs direct from the publisher to those who love animals or want that special gift for a loved one. Free Shipping to the U.S! Additional shipping required for international orders.

Gift Paks range from $19.97-$49.97, and you’ll save anywhere from $7.00-$25.00 per pack.

Browse all our gift selections here:
http://whochainsyou.com/giftpacks.html

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Where is Christmas for the Chained Dogs?

Where is Christmas for the chained dogs, this and every year? Author Tamira Thayne reminds us of their suffering, and chained dog activist Jennifer Kanady brings it home in a poem. Art by Rocky Shepheard.

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Even though I consider myself ‘retired’ from the day to day activist fight for freedom for chained dogs, I can’t help but feel the pain of their suffering more at Christmas than any other time of the year.

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After all, most of us get to enjoy the season with our families. We laugh, we eat, we drink, and we revel in the beauty of the lights and the merrymaking we look forward to all year long.

But what do these poor, mistreated beings have at this time of year? Bupkis. That’s what.

Nothing. Nada. The same as the rest of the year.

That’s why this poem by my friend and chained-dog warrior Jennifer Kanady hits so close to home for me. It expresses their pain, their longing, the immediacy of their needs, and so I’ve asked…

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Save $7-$25 on Gifts for Animal Lovers this Holiday Season!

Save $7-$25 on Gifts for Animal Lovers this Holiday Season!

We’ve created 12 GiftPaks that pass along Holiday Savings to You while bringing Joy to Your Little Corner of the World

We’re offering a limited number of Holiday Gifts Packs direct from the publisher to those who love animals or want that special gift for a loved one. Free Shipping to the U.S! Additional shipping required for international orders.

Gift Paks range from $19.97-$49.97, and you save anywhere from $7.00-$25.00 per pack.

Browse our Selections Today. Limited Quantities, While they Last.

Browse our Selections Today. Limited Quantities, While they Last.

“A Peaceful Place” Makes the Perfect Gift for a Labrador Lover!

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Wonderful Holiday Gift!

A Peaceful Place:
Paintings and Inspirations
in the Language of Labradors

by Dina Marie

Immerse yourself in the beauty of artist Dina Marie’s paintings—depictions steeped in the universal language and love of Labrador retrievers. Each of Dina’s works is unique; some bring a smile, some a touch of whimsy, yet all inspire us to reach higher, love more, and affirm our most meaningful paths to the spirit within ourselves.

Dina pairs each piece with the inspiration behind the painting, offering reflections on the deepest bonds we hold with one another and the world in which we live.

These lovingly-crafted books make an excellent gift to yourself or the Labrador aficionado in your life, and encourage a sense of peace and kindness that we often miss in our day to day lives. We hope you’ll be as touched and intrigued by Dina’s paintings and inspirations in the language of Labradors as we are.

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A sample spread of Dina’s work and inspirations

About the Artist and Author:

Dina & Corrie2loDina Marie is a pet artist inspired by the passion she has for animals. She began drawing when she got her first dog at seven years old, and has been fascinated with animals ever since. A Peaceful Place was inspired by her Labrador retrievers, as she credits them with teaching her what it means to be loved unconditionally.

Dina painted portraits of all of her pets as a tribute to each animal. In 2010 she illustrated a children’s book, Roxy’s Forever Home.

Dina creates commissioned art pieces and pet murals for shelters; she also teaches pet painting classes. She lives a quiet life with her yellow lab, Corri, and her two cats, and enjoys spending time with her son and daughter-in-law.

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Delightful Audiobook Version of “A Tail of Two Christmases” by Narrator Phillip J. Mather Now Available

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Enjoy this trailer for our new holiday book, out now from Who Chains You Publishing.

A Tail of Two Christmases is delightfully written by Darla Purgason, adorably illustrated by April Pedersen, and lovingly narrated by Phillip J. Mather.

What gift can a rescue kitty like Mambo give to the angel who brought him in from the cold? Find out in this rhyming children’s tale about a prancing kitten, his friend Clancy the dog, and the animal lover who shared her all with them.

A wonderful new addition to read to the children and grandchildren this Christmas. Available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook at this link. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946044369

 

 

About the Book

Twas the Eve before Christmas
And all through the condo
Not a soul was stirring,
But a kitten named Mambo.

He was prowling and meowing
And licking his fur.
He needed a present—
A gift from him to her.

See, Mambo was rescued
By this kind-hearted soul;
And he wanted to give back
To make his heart whole…

But what gift can a rescue kitty like Mambo give to the angel who brought him in from the cold? Find out in this delightfully-rhyming children’s tale about a prancing kitten, his friend Clancy the dog, and the animal lover who shared her all with them.ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-36-5

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946044369
Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J21LQ9N
Audiobook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K92DDQS

About the Author

Darla Purgason is retired from a career in Washington, D.C., and keeps busy with cat rescue as well as caring for her own four beloved long-haired kitties. She enjoys vegetarian cooking, books on tape, and embroidery. She is the author of A “Tail” of Two Christmases, and a contributing author to More Rescue Smiles. Darla makes her home in Culpeper, Virginia, with her husband Paul.

About the Audiobook Narrator

Phillip J. Mather is a British Voice Talent based in the USA and providing a fast and professional service to clients the world over. Commercials, Podcasts, Industrial Narrations, eLearning, AudioBooks . . . MatherNarrates.com

It’s been said: “It’s not just that Mr. Mather is British; he is ultra-British—by turns dramatic, jovial, sinister, soothing, and matter-of-fact. He is a bit Olivier, a bit Rathbone, a bit Attenborough, with touches of Sebastian Cabot, Patrick Stewart, and Darth Vader in the mix.”

About the Illustrator

April Pedersen is a freelance illustrator and author based in Reno, Nevada. She is partial to frogs, snails, video poker, science fiction, geocaching, and chess. April is the author and illustrator of Slow Moe, and the illustrator of A “Tail” of Two Christmases, Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Bravo’s Freedom, Happy Dog Coloring Book, and Courageous Conner.

“Dandelion’s Dream” is a Touching Look at the Life of a Chained Dog

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Dandelion’s Dream

Written by Heather Leughmyer
Illustrated by April Pedersen

Sweet little Dandelion lived all alone; her bed was a barrel, her companion, a bone. The soft green grass had been slowly replaced; leaving dirt behind in the path that she paced.

In the daytime she’d wait while she watched passing cars. In the darkness she’d wish on all of the stars. In the winter she’d shiver; no escape from the cold. With no shield from the sun, summers got old.

She yearned for a family and a nice, cozy bed; a scratch on the belly, a pat on the head. She dreamed of the day when SHE’D be the one, alongside a jogger for a brisk morning run.

There was only one thing that brought Dandelion joy: a redheaded, freckle-faced, 8-year-old boy…

Could a little boy be Dandelion’s hero? 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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In Celebration of the release of Dandelion’s Dream, we’re featuring the art of illustrator April Pedersen on NEW attire and merchandise raising awareness for chained dogs. These make wonderful gifts for the dog activist in the family! Find all your selections at this link: http://www.cafepress.com/whochainsyou

 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, and co-editor of Rescue Smiles. She lives in Columbia City, Indiana, with her husband, daughter and several animal companions.

About the Illustrator

aprilpedersenOur whimsical artist, April Pedersen, is a freelancer based in Reno, Nevada. She is partial to frogs, geocaching, science fiction, video poker, and chess.

April is the author and illustrator of Slow Moe, and the illustrator of Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Bravo’s Freedom, Happy Dog Coloring Book, A Tail of Two Christmases, and Courageous Conner.