“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.

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How HumaneEducator.com Uses WCY Children’s Books in Its Educational Programs

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Humane Educator Debbie Gladwin with “Slow Moe”, by April Pedersen

Who Chains You Books loves to feature humane educators using our books in their programs. We asked Debbie Gladwin, founder of HumaneEducator.com, about her work for the animals and children, and how she finds our books useful. Here’s what she told us:

As a Certified Humane Education Specialist, I am always on the hunt for books with a humane education theme. At HumaneEducator.com, we often use animal themed literature. There is a unique bond between young people and animals that helps us to communicate empathy, compassion and respect for other living beings.

In our Bella’s Backyard Buddies program, we use many of the books published by Who Chains You Publishing. Books like Happy Dog: From Chained to Cherished, Sloe Moe: A Snail Tale and Doodle Bugs Second Chance are a part or our literature curriculum. They are perfect for read-alouds and compassion circle discussions. We have created art projects, writing activities, puzzles and games…all based on these animal-themed books.

We’ve created a body of curriculum based in part on the books and use them in a variety of environments like classrooms, after school programs, and service learning projects. These books make it easy for us to create activities that meet state academic standards and can easily be blended into an existing curriculum.

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Debbie’s rescue pups waiting for their bedtime story!

They are also great for family time reading at home. I’ve been known to read these books to my own rescue dogs!

What I love about Who Chains You Books as part of our program is watching the faces of the audience of young people light up as they listen to the stories of compassion and caring. They want to help.

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We love that the heroes and heroines of these inspirational books are compassionate and respectful activists who are role models for the young people we teach. We also love that the stories are about all kinds of animals…dogs, cats, horses…but goats, pigs, rats, mice, snails and birds too!

At HumaneEducator.com, we strive to provide young people with opportunities to develop critical thinking skills that will help them to make informed lifestyle choices. We help them to understand critical issues like animal abuse in a way that will help them to see that they can be a part of the solution instead of the problem.

Located in central Oklahoma, our mission is to empower students to understand the effect that their actions have on other people, animals and the environment. We give them the tools and skills they’ll need to make responsible lifestyle choices. In addition, we provide parent/caregiver training that empowers them to help the children in their lives to live with kindness, empathy and compassion. We partner with schools and individual educators to enable them to incorporate humane education principles into their existing academic curriculum and school culture.

Currently, we have three projects—Bella’s Backyard Buddies is our humane education literacy program. HumaneEducator.com is our character education program and BullyCrisis.com is our program designed to empower kids to be upstanders against bullying.

When I am not creating curriculum, searching for new ideas or attending events, I love spending time with my husband and three rescue fur babies. Charlie and Bella are my two senior dogs and Catboy is my senior cat who were all rescued while we were living in Southern California. My personal life goal is to partner with people, especially children, to help them to discover their own skills and talents and how they can use them to live socially responsible lives.

If you are interested in further information about our humane education programs, please contact us at any one of our websites: HumanEducator.com, BellasBackyardBuddies.com or BullyCrisis.com.

—Debbie Gladwin, founder, humaneeducator.com

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P.S. We LOVE working with humane educators! We’ve created some amazing books—featuring animals and issues that haven’t been addressed elsewhere—but we partner with those doing the work in the field to bring the animals’ voices to the children. That’s why we always offer wholesale discounts for humane educators and nonprofits. Check out our program for humane educators here, http://whochainsyou.com/humane-ed.html, and drop us a line if you have other ideas for projects we can do together at info@whochainsyou.com.

 

Win a Copy of “More Rescue Smiles” Before it Hits Store Shelves in our Last Prize of our 2nd Anniversary Celebration

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Well, it’s our Last Book Giveaway Day! We’re sad to see it end, but so happy you came along and played and we got to know our fellow animal lovers a little bit more! Today you can Win our 31st Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? More Rescue Smiles: Best-Loved Animal Tales of Resilience and Redemption.(Being published today, August 31, so it’s not yet available online…)

How Can You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or this link, to bring you to our page, and let us know you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day Aug. 31st, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, September 1st.

Spread the word and join in the fun! With a publication date of August 31st, More Rescue Smiles is not yet available for purchase, but will soon be available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook; it makes a wonderful addition to any humane education bookshelf, too.

Here’s that link to play, again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/a.994533240665277/1798617893590137/

About the Book:

MoreRScover18lo-dropThe heart of the animal rescue world lies in its stories—of freedom, of love, and of sacrifice by those who not only acknowledge but embrace the human-animal bond and its wondrous gifts.

In our second rescue story compilation, Who Chains You Books is pleased to share a glimpse into the emotional lives of animal rescuers and the living beings they hold close. Join us for another helping of heartwarming anecdotes, as Clancy triumphs, Tallulah escapes, Alex survives, and a host of other animals steal our hearts.

Through these stories, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the relationships between rescuers and not only dogs and cats, but horses, cows, pigs, birds, and even a ferret, in this delightful second installment of Rescue Smiles.

We hope you’re as captivated by the kinship between human and animal as we are. With contributions by: Darla Purgason, Heather Leughmyer, Laurie Lee, Sidney DuBois, Ron Smith, Brece Clark, Thalia Dunn, Stephen Plyler, Paul Ernest, Susan Hartland, Melody Whitworth, Rhi Banks, Johnna L. Seeton, Tamira Thayne, Joseph Horvath, C.A. Wulff, Liz Woloski, and Joe Maringo.

If you don’t win the book today, don’t worry, we’ll post when it becomes available for purchase in paperback, kindle, and audiobook.

About the Editor:

Tamira Thayne is an author, animal activist, and the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization seeking an end to dog chaining.

She is also the founder of Who Chains You Books, publishing titles for those who believe people—and animals—deserve to be free. She is the author of Happy Dog Coloring Book, Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament, Capitol in Chains, Foster Doggie Insanity, The Wrath of Dog, The King’s Tether, The Knights Chain, The Curse of Cur. She is the editor of More Rescue Smiles and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles.

Tamira 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.

Win-A-Book Wednesday Features “Rescue Smiles” in our $400, 31-Book Anniversary Giveaway

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It’s Win-a-Book Wednesday! Today you can Win our 29th Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation. This is our second giveaway for this Fan Favorite, in anticipation of our new, follow-up title: More Rescue Smiles, releasing August 31st!

How Can You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or this link, to bring you to our page, and let us know you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day Aug. 29th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 30th. Spread the word and join in the fun! Rescue Smiles is a fan favorite, and is available in paperback, audiobook, and kindle; it makes a wonderful addition to any humane education bookshelf, too.

Here’s that link to play, again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/a.994533240665277/1796539060464687/

About the Book:

rescuesmilescoverlodropThe heart of the animal rescue world lies in its stories—of freedom, of love, and of sacrifice by those who not only acknowledge but embrace the human-animal bond and its wondrous gifts.

In our first rescue story compilation, Who Chains You Books is pleased to offer a look into the emotional lives of rescuers and the living beings they hold dear. Join us for the heartwarming anecdotes, as Cinnamon steals Spice’s puppies, Alice steals everyone’s shoes, and a host of other animals conspire to steal our hearts.

Through these tales, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek into the relationships between rescuers and not only dogs and cats, but horses, goats, pigs, rats, mice, and birds, in this delightful first installment of Rescue Smiles.

We hope you’re as captivated by the kinship between human and animal as we are. With contributions by: Laura Koerber, Tamira Thayne, Reg Green, Heather Leughmyer, Joe Maringo, Patti Lawson, Sarah Barnett, Barb Michael, Sunny Aris, Christopher Barnekov, Gayla Evans, Andee Bingham, Rachel Ogden, Melody Whitworth, and Liz Woloski.

About the Editors:

Heather Leughmyer is the author of Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Courage Conner, A Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human, and If Your Tears Were Human, and co-editor of Rescue Smiles. She is also the founder of Happy Endings Rat Rescue, and a graduate of Indiana-Purdue University with a B.A. in Writing and Linguistics.

Writing has been a passion of hers for as long as she has advocated for animals.

She lives in Columbia City, Indiana, with her husband, daughter, and several animal companions.

Tamira Thayne is the author of The Wrath of Dog, The King’s Tether, The Knight’s Chain, The Curse of Cur (forthcoming), Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament, Happy Dog Coloring Book, Foster Doggie Insanity, and Capitol in Chains, and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles.

Tamira 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.

Tamira’s spent 878 hours chained to a doghouse on behalf of the voiceless in front of state capitol buildings nationwide, and worked with her daughter to take on a school system’s cat dissection program, garnering over 100,000 signatures against the practice.

In 2016 she founded Who Chains You, publishing books by and for animal activists and rescuers.

Win “The King’s Tether” for Tether-Free Tuesday in our $400, 31-Day Anniversary Giveaway

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Win a FREE Book for Tether-Free Tuesday! Today you can Win our 28th Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? The King’s Tether, by Tamira Thayne.

How Can You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or this link, to bring you to our page, and let us know you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day Aug. 28th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 29th.

Spread the word and join in the fun! The King’s Tether is a novelette, and is available in paperback, audiobook, and kindle; it makes a wonderful read for that last summer weekend.

Here’s that link to play again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/a.994533240665277/1795485937236666/

About the Novelette:

kingstethercoverlodropDiscover the roots of the Chained Gods Series in this 6,000 word prequel story to the paranormal world of 17-year-old Baylee and her crew.

In a rare moment of inactivity, the dog rested his head on his front paws. The thick logging chain weighed heavily across his body as he pulled his back legs from beneath the oppressive steel. His eyelids drooped, and even though his feral mind urged him to remain vigilant, told him he was in constant danger, sleep had its way with him anyway.
With sleep came relief.

In the waking state his mind knew only bloodlust and revenge, his body hunger and thirst, and his heart pain and sorrow. In slumber his consciousness freed itself from its bonds, and he revisited an immortal life once known—only to lose the beloved memories upon reawakening.

The ultimate cruelty.

He dreamt of a woman. It couldn’t be just any woman; according to the Prophetess, he would know her when he saw her. His brain, his heart, his mind—they all called out for her, whispering of bonds and mating rituals and a shared future that was theirs and theirs alone.

A kick to the ribs lurched him from the dream, and the woman slipped away from him, again…Grab The King’s Tether to read more and start your Chained Gods Series adventure today!

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About the Author:

Tamira Thayne is an author, animal activist, and the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization seeking an end to dog chaining.

She is also the founder of Who Chains You Books, publishing titles for those who believe people—and animals—deserve to be free. She is the author of Happy Dog Coloring Book, Capitol in Chains, Foster Doggie Insanity, The Wrath of Dog, The King’s Tether, The Knights Chain, The Curse of Cur, and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles.

Tamira 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.

Win A Fun Summer Read with “The Wrath of Dog” in our $400, 31-Day Book Giveaway

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Only a week left to win a free book from Who Chains You Publishing. Start your weekend with an escape into the world of fiction! Today you can Win our 25th Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? The Wrath of Dog, by Tamira Thayne.

How Do You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or this link, to bring you to our page, and let us know you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day Aug. 25th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 26th.

Spread the word and join in the fun! The Wrath of Dog is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook, and makes a wonderful read for that last summer weekend.

Here’s that link to play, again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/rpp.978812565570678/1792175337567726/

Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle | Buy Audiobook

About the Book:

wrathcover-lodropAn animal activist teenager finds out there’s more to the chained dog next door than meets the eye in The Wrath of Dog…

The hairy beast growled and lunged at Baylee, his rusted logging chain straining to break—like it did every morning she cut down his back alley.

She hadn’t dubbed him “The Wrath of Dog” for nothin’.

She’s vowed that someday she’ll free Wrath and they’ll rise up and smite his obviously nasty owner. For today, though, she just needs to get past him without dying and make it the two blocks to class before the bell rings and she has another detention headed her way.

Wrath’s plight is soon forgotten when her refusal to dissect a kitty earns her another trip to Principal Baird’s office. Things go from bad to worse, and before long she’s hearing voices in her head, decamping the school premises with a band of un-zombie cats, and learning that The Wrath of Dog is a lot more than she bargained for.

Next thing she knows she’s avoiding her best friend, learning she’s not quite human, and taking on an unseen enemy to save the day, her family, and just maybe two worlds in the process.

Becoming an adult sure isn’t what she thought it would be…

Grab The Wrath of Dog and start your adventure into The Chained Gods Series today!

Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle | Buy Audiobook

About the Author:

Tamira Thayne is an author, animal activist, and the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization seeking an end to dog chaining.

She is also the founder of Who Chains You Books, publishing titles for those who believe people—and animals—deserve to be free. She is the author of Happy Dog Coloring Book, Capitol in Chains, Foster Doggie Insanity, The Wrath of Dog, The King’s Tether, The Knights Chain, The Curse of Cur (forthcoming), editor of More Rescue Smiles (forthcoming) and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles.

Tamira 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.

Winabook Wednesday, featuring “The Returned: Chewy’s Story” about a Teen who Helps Shelter Dogs Get Adopted

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Welcome, Everyone, to Winabook Wednesday! Today you can Win our 22nd Free Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? The Returned: Chewy’s Story, by Samantha Riggi.

How Do You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or this link, to bring you to our page, and let us know you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day Aug. 22nd, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 23rd.

Spread the word and join in the fun! The Returned: Chewy’s Story is available in paperback, kindle, and forthcoming in audiobook. The book is wonderful for middle school humane and classroom education, too.

Here’s that link again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/a.994533240665277/1787355098049750/

About the Book:

chewyreturnedcover18lo-drop“That’s all for now. You can learn more about Susie’s happily-ever-after by reading my blog, The Returned. Click on Susie’s Story. Thanks for listening.”

Anna closed her podcaster app and put the microphone down. She and Molly had been best friends since second grade, and now the two girls run a blog and podcast called The Returned, which helps returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With three successful adoptions under their belts, the girls are preparing for their next adoption mission. When Chewy, a yellow labrador, is dropped at the shelter, Anna and Molly become determined to find her a happily-ever-after of her very own.

In the meantime, Anna is struggling with her dad’s distant behavior. When Chewy’s blog is posted, Anna discovers that someone is threatening her family. Will Anna find out who is behind the threat? Will Chewy find the forever home she deserves? Find out in this first installment of The Returned: Chewy’s Story.

Perfect for ages 10-14 (and up!), and grades 4-8. The series makes an excellent humane education tool, too, for nonprofits and humane educators.

About the Author:

Samantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She’s the author of The Returned: Chewy’s Story, Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reece: Fourth Grade Hero.

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Remember, humane educators and nonprofits, as well as indie bookstores, can buy our books in wholesale. Visit our site at whochainsyou.com to learn more.

Our 21st Book Prize in our $400 Giveaway, “The Puppy Who Left Puddles on the Floor”, Advocates for Shelter Dogs, Chained Dogs, and Strays

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Welcome, Everyone, to Triumphant Tuesday! Today you can Win our 21st Free Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? The Puppy Who Left Puddles on the Floor, by Lorena Estep.

How Do You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or this link, to bring you to our page, and let us know you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day Aug. 21st, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 22nd.

Spread the word and join in the fun! The Puppy Who Left Puddles on the Floor is available in paperback, audiobook, and kindle, and is wonderful for humane and classroom education, too.

Here’s that link to play again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/a.994533240665277/1785458768239383/

About the Book:

puddlescoverpuppy16webChance is a beagle puppy who is just like every other dog—he wants a home and a family to love him. When he loses his first home and is sent to the shelter, he is devastated—until he is adopted by a boy and his mother, and life seems like it will be good again.

But he has a little problem with leaving “puddles on the floor.” Without the proper training, he ends up in a horrible place—stuck at the end of a chain.

Like all dogs, he remains faithful to his family, and patiently waits for love to return.

A twist of fate sets him free to seek a better life. Will Chance finally find the loving inside home and family he deserves?

Using age-appropriate messaging, this book targets the following Humane Education aspects for coursework and can be used to stimulate discussion about these issues with students and children:

• Irresponsible breeding and the need for spay/neuter
• Dumping dogs at shelter
• Misuse of caging
• Chaining for life
• Strays and the dangers they face

About the Author:

Lorena Estep is the author of Out of the Mist, He Rode a Palomino, and A Bridge to Somewhere. Lorena got the idea for The Puppy Who Left Puddles on the Floor from discussing rescue stories with Tamira Thayne.

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Remember, our books make great classroom and humane education tools. Give one as a gift for a teacher today, or order in bulk and get a wholesale discount. Visit our site at http://www.whochainsyou.com to learn more.

Start Mischievous Monday with Animal Activist Book “Capitol in Chains”

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Welcome, Everyone, to Mischievous Monday! Today you can Win our 20th Free Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues, by Tamira Thayne.

How Can You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or this link, to bring you to our page, and let us know you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day Aug. 20th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 21st.

Spread the word and join in the fun! Capitol in Chains is available in paperback and kindle, and is a perfect fit for activist inspiration, and high school and college-level humane ed, too.

Here’s that link to enter, again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/rpp.978812565570678/1783880961730497/

About the Book:

capitolbookcover16loIn August 2010, one woman carried a doghouse to the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building and chained herself to it, seeking passage of a law protecting dogs from life at the end of a chain.

Not knowing if she’d be arrested, ignored, or ridiculed, she set aside her fears and acted on behalf of the voiceless: dogs—the most social of beings—whose needs have been overlooked by those with the power to create chain-ge for their future.

This is her story, and the story of the 54 days she and others spent chained at the bottom of the Capitol steps in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. May you be inspired, entertained, and educated about the needs of Man’s Best Friend, and how these needs continue to be negated in today’s society.

This Second Edition Includes:
Updates on PA Laws
The Doghouse Wedding
Eleven Years of Chain Off in America

“While reading this book I thought many times that our commissioners, city councilman and state representatives all need a copy of this book. I’ve even thought about buying one for each of my city council and commissioners because they need to understand what really goes on with chained dogs.

“The people that chain their dogs need to step into their dog’s paws. If each of our representatives would do the same—for even an hour—just maybe they would understand why it’s not ‘just a dog.’ Great book!”—Evie Kettler, chained dog activist, Georgia

About the Author:

Tamira Thayne is an author, animal activist, and the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization seeking an end to dog chaining.

She is also the founder of Who Chains You Books, publishing titles for those who believe people—and animals—deserve to be free. She is the author of Happy Dog Coloring Book, Capitol in Chains, Foster Doggie Insanity, The Wrath of Dog, The King’s Tether, The Knights Chain, The Curse of Cur (forthcoming), and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles.

Tamira 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.

Win a Copy of “If Your Tears Were Human” on Give ‘Em Sanctuary Saturday!

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Welcome, Everyone, to Give ’Em Sanctuary Saturday! Today you can Win our 18th Free Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animal in Agriculture, by Heather Leughmyer.

How Can You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or this link, to bring you to our page, and let us know you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day Aug. 18th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 19th.

Spread the word and join in the fun! If Your Tears Were Human is available in paperback and kindle, and is a perfect addition to humane education programs, too.

Here’s that link to play again: https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/a.994533240665277/1780751958710064/

About the Book:

 

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If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture is an intensely moving and powerful collection of 25 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.

About the Author:

Heather 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. She lives in Columbia City, Indiana, with her husband, daughter and several animal companions.

Heather is the author of Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, Courageous Conner, A Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human, If Your Tears Were Human, and co-editor of Rescue Smiles. She is also the founder of Happy Endings Rat Rescue, and a graduate of Indiana-Purdue University with a B.A. in Writing and Linguistics.

About the Photographer:

Vanessa 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.