Ouzo the Greek: A Year in the Life of a Greek Rescue Dog is Now Available!

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Who Chains You Books is proud to announce our first overseas book!
And odds are good this sweet book, written from the dog’s perspective, will have you laughing and crying like it did us.

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.

You can pick up your copies in paperback and kindle in most Amazon stores the world over. Here are the links to the U.S. and UK markets.

U.S. Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946044466

U.S. Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PJWF4T4

Amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ouzo-Greek-Year-Life-Rescue/dp/1946044466/

Amazon.uk Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ouzo-Greek-Year-Life-Rescue-ebook/dp/B07PJWF4T4/

See photos of Ouzo as rescuers helped him in Greece:

About the Author

Lisa Edwards lives in a quiet village in West Sussex, England. With their children grown, Lisa and her husband Michael decided the time had come to search for a new family dog. Having rescued pets in the past, there was no hesitation in deciding to ‘adopt’ rather than ‘shop’. Enter Ouzo the Greek, who joined Mrs. D, aka That Darned Cat, and more recently Mr. Moussaka. These three misfit second-hand pets completely changed Lisa’s life.

Lisa spent over a decade working as an Executive Assistant in secondary education, but gave it all up to start a new career, where she is now employed at an animal rescue organisation. She hopes to make a difference to those still looking for their forever home, as well as write about animals and animal causes on a freelance basis.

As for Ouzo, well Lisa and Michael didn’t just rescue a dog, they inadvertently stumbled across their best friend.

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Clarabelle Pig Comes Clean—And Takes on the Bullies!

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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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About the Author

tim picTimothy J. Verret is an actor, playwright, and poet. This is his first published children’s book, and he is very excited about that. Timothy is passionate about animal welfare, and always welcomes the opportunity to bridge his creative life with that of an animal rights advocate. He has had two plays published and available on Amazon: the denial family and Ingenting. Timothy also has a collection of sonnets (77 Spiritual Sonnets: Storms to Serenity) available through Amazon. Timothy received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama through the University of Texas at Austin, and has acted in numerous stage productions in Austin. He took on the role of Iago in Othello for which he was nominated for a national Falstaff Award for Best Male, Supporting.

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, Dandelion’s Dream, Clarabelle Comes Clean, and Courageous Conner.

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 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.

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

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“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.

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.

 

New Release, A “Tail” of Two Christmases, Especially for Kitty Lovers!

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Now Available!
A Tail of Two Christmases

by Darla Purgason
Illustrated by April Pedersen

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.

Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle

About the Author

darlaDarla 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 Illustrator

aprilpedersenApril 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.