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Last Week! We Hope you Found Something Good to Read from our Shelves During the COVID Shutdown
Here are our last ten choices for Week Eight.

JUST $.99 Each in eBook format
You Save $2.98 On Most Books.

We know even if you’re home and the bills are covered, it’s been a scary time. The virus has reached, and will continue to reach, into our communities, and life has been difficult.

The authors at Who Chains You Books wanted to make our books accessible to ALL during this time. The best way for us to do that is to offer them in eBook format at the minimum kindle price allowable:

JUST $.99 EACH!

Rest assured, you don’t need a kindle device to read our books in kindle. All you need is a smartphone OR the tablet of your choice, including the iPad. Just download the free kindle app from your app store, use your normal Amazon login in, and you’re all set up and ready to go! Then you can choose any of our 10 weekly selections from the links below (or ALL of them), and your titles will be sent right to your kindle app reading library on your device.

We wish you all the very best during this scary time. We hope you’ll enjoy our books, and get to know some of our authors. Reach out to them through their social media, and drop them a review on Amazon. Your reviews help our authors reach a wider audience. Be safe, we’re thinking of you.

This Week’s selection Includes books for all ages, from pre-school on up. Choose from the below titles:

wrathcover-lodropThe Wrath of Dog: The Chained Gods Series Book 1

By Tamira Thayne

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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’….


bravoscoverlo-dropBravo’s Freedom

By Samantha K. Riggi

Illustrated by April Pedersen

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Fifteen year old Gabriel is chosen by his village to travel to Old Guinea, where he must face the rulers to stop them from destroying the planet. With the impacts of global warming in full effect, Gabriel leaves his village with evidence that there is still time to reverse the damage and repair the planet…


ufocover19lo-dropThe Case of the Mysterious UFO

By Ronnell Jackson

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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…


emmacoverloEmma’s Second Chance

Written by Brandy Herr

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Emma learns what it’s like to love again, finds herself not one but two caring families, and even gets the chance to pay it forward, becoming a real-life hero in the process…


squeakcoverlo-dropSqueak the Squirrel

Written and Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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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!”…

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ratguidecoverlo-dropA Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human

Written by The Rats of Happy Endings Rat Rescue

Translated into English by Heather Leughmyer

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While owning a human can sometimes prove to be a challenging experience, it can also be very rewarding if you know how to handle them. The key lies in finding the human who is right for you, and ensuring that they do not share their homes with legless creatures of the reptilian variety….


kingstethercoverlodropThe King’s Tether: A Chained Gods Series Prequel Story

Written by Tamira Thayne

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Interested in checking out a fiction series that advocates for chained dogs too? Get your start today with The Chained Gods Series by Tamira Thayne. The King’s Tether can be read either before or after The Wrath of Dog, shown above. Discover 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.


knightschaincoverlo-dropThe Knight’s Chain

By Tamira Thayne

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The Knight’s Chain, a short story, precedes The Curse of Cur, and can be read before Book 2 of The Chained Gods Series or after to flesh out the character of the Knight.

The Akita was massive, a fine example of the breed—with the single exception of his current physical state: skeletal, matted, and attached to a cement post by a thick logging chain. He refused to let those things bother him, however; they were mere nuisances, after all….


listenercover-loThe Listener’s Tale

By Laura Koerber

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Anna didn’t even know she had an aunt. Aunt Moira had appeared the day after Anna’s parents died in a car crash: a tall grey figure through the screen door, silhouetted against the bright sun. But Anna hadn’t warmed to her aunt or her pug, whose eyes eerily tracked Anna’s every move. Something wasn’t right…


shapeshiftercoverlo-dropThe Shapeshifter’s Tale

By Laura Koerber

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Two worlds intertwine in this second of the “Our Side” Collection, where Mediators, Protectors, and Listeners travel the countryside of a simpler world to bring justice and harmony—yet outliers, dragons, ghoblainns, and shapeshifters bely the truth of a society that may not be so simple after all…


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Week 7 (Only 2 Weeks Left) 10 Books for Animal Lovers, Just $.99 in E-Book

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We’re in Week 7 of Affordable Books to Read during the COVID-19 Outbreak

We hope you’re making it through OK!

To help, we’re currently making 10 of our books per week
JUST $.99 Each in eBook format: Just Two Weeks Left.
You Save $2.98 Per Book.

We know even if you’re home and the bills are covered, it’s a scary time. The virus is reaching out into our communities, and making life difficult for everyone.

The authors at Who Chains You Books want to make our books accessible to ALL during this time. The best way for us to do that is to offer them in eBook format at the minimum kindle price allowable:

JUST $.99 EACH!

Rest assured, you don’t need a kindle device to read our books in kindle. All you need is a smartphone OR the tablet of your choice, including the iPad. Just download the free kindle app from your app store, use your normal Amazon login in, and you’re all set up and ready to go! Then you can choose any of our 10 weekly selections from the links below (or ALL of them), and your titles will be sent right to your kindle app reading library on your device.

We wish you all the very best during this time. We hope you’ll enjoy our books, and get to know some of our authors. Reach out to them through their social media, and drop them a review on Amazon. Your reviews help our authors reach a wider audience. Be safe, we’re thinking of you.

This Week’s selection Includes books for all ages, from pre-school on up. Choose from the below titles:

harleycover19lo-dropHarley Saves the Day

By Karen Patterson

Illustrated by Nina Robichaud

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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.


budcover18loThe Life of Bud (from our Crescent Renewal Imprint)

By Laura W. Eckroat

Illustrated by Greg White

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Join us for the tale of a special leaf named Bud, whose life journey reminds us that we are all important and needed.

Bud starts out as a tiny bud—small and insignificant—yet he arrives into this life with a feeling of purpose and hope…


finalCoverlo-dropThe Never-Ending Thank You (from our Crescent Renewal Imprint)

By Samantha K. Riggi

Illustrated by Niki Stage

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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.


tearscover20lo-dropIf Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture

Written by Heather Leughmyer

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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.


LostToothcoverlo-dropThe Lost Tooth (Crescent Renewal)

By Laura W. Eckroat

Illustrated by Greg White

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Follow Tommy the Tooth on his wild and exciting journey to the Tooth Fairy, as he ends up in places a lost tooth would never expect or want to be. A must for children who have or will have wiggly, jiggly baby teeth, and makes a wonderful first chapter book for ages 7-10 and grades 1-4.


bugmancoverloshadowMy Path to the Bugman: With an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for Your Home and Garden

Written by Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund

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Richard discusses pesticides, multiple chemical sensitivity, how to find the right pest control company when needed, and bee colony collapse. He both educates and entertains with tales of meeting (and sometimes running from) some of the more formidable members of the animal kingdom: a tiger, a python, an alligator, a king cobra, and other poisonous snakes, including rattlesnakes and copperheads.


RedKindergartenCover-lodropRed Goes to Kindergarten (Crescent Renewal)

Written by Laura W. Eckroat

Illustrated by Rodora Taboada

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Join Red as she experiences her exciting first week, and meets her teacher Mrs. Bloom and her new friend Violet. She draws pictures, colors apples, and creates patterns; kindergarten is amazing!

Includes a Monday through Friday activity section for the kids, too, so they can follow Red along her path.


olivercover19lo-dropOliver’s Big Problem

By Stephanie Itle-Clark and Jessie Miller

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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.


FionaFindsLoveCover-lodropFiona Finds Love

By Rhonda Lucas Donald

Illustrated by Erin Nielson

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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?


rescuesmilescoverloRescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation

Edited by Heather Leughmyer and Tamira Thayne

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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.

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Week 5, 10 Books for Animal Lovers, $.99 Each, Save $2.98 Per Book

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Can You Believe Most of Us Have Been in Lockdown for at Least Five Weeks Now? Crazy!

We hope you’re managing in these very difficult times.

To help, we’re currently making 10 of our books per week JUST $.99 Each in eBook format! You Save $2.98 Per Book.

We know even if you’re home and the bills are covered, it’s a scary time. The virus is reaching out into our communities, and making life difficult for everyone.

The authors at Who Chains You Books want to make our books accessible to ALL during this time. The best way for us to do that is to offer them in eBook format at the minimum kindle price allowable:

That’s Right. JUST $.99 EACH!

Rest assured, you don’t need a kindle device to read our books in kindle. All you need is a smartphone OR the tablet of your choice, including the iPad. Just download the free kindle app from your app store, use your normal Amazon login in, and you’re all set up and ready to go! Then you can choose any of our 10 weekly selections from the links below (or ALL of them), and your titles will be sent right to your kindle app reading library on your device.

We wish you all the very best during this time. We hope you’ll enjoy our books, and get to know some of our authors. Reach out to them through their social media, and drop them a review on Amazon. Your reviews help our authors reach a wider audience. Be safe, we’re thinking of you.

This Week’s selection Includes books for all ages, from pre-school on up. Choose from the below titles:

honeybeecover20loThe Sleepy Honey Bee

By Samantha K. Riggi

Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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Mia woke one morning still feeling tired; after all, the hive is a very busy—and very noisy—place. She yawned, and stretched, and wished she could climb back into her warm, honeycomb bed. But nectar bees don’t sleep in; they have nectar to collect after all…


coyotesummercover20lodropCoyote Summer

By Laura Koerber

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The “summer of magic” was forty years ago when Ben was just seventeen—but he’s never forgotten.

It started with rape and ended with a promise, and in between there were things that Ben still doesn’t understand.

A man turned into a coyote, a girl danced in the air, Ben broke the law, and he fell in love for the first time…


papaspumpkincover-lodropPapa’s Pumpkin (from our Crescent Renewal Imprint)

By Sandra Biersdorfer

Illustrated by Nikki Cooper

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Kylee Rain’s Nana and Papa live with them in a big old house on a farm in the country, where she gets to cuddle with her grey kitty Purrlock Holmes and explore their HUGE vegetable garden with its extra large pumpkin patch…


ufocover19lo-dropThe Case of the Mysterious UFO

Written by Ronnell Jackson

Illustrated by Brynahka Vaettir

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What was that, a meteor? Some kind of aircraft?

As two 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.


adoptingadelecoverloAdopting Adele

By Heather Leughmyer

Illustrated by April Pedersen

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In a shelter Adele lingered in a cage made of glass, where she patiently waited as people walked past. With delicate ears she listened each day, to the mewing of kittens and puppies at play. Dogs were adopted, people cooed over cats. Even hamsters found homes; why not a nice rat?


cursecoverlo-dropThe Curse of Cur: The Chained Gods Series Book 2

Written by Tamira Thayne

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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…


oneyecover19lo-dropOne Eye: A Squirrel’s Tale

Written by Laura W. Eckroat

Illustrated by Greg White

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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.

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


spittencover19-lodropSpittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away

By Tamira Thayne

Illustrated by C.A. Wulff

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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?…


tiffanyrollscoverlo-dropTiffany Rolls On

By Stephanie Itle-Clark

Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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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.


slowmoecover18lo-dropSlow Moe: A Snail Tale

Written and Illustrated by April Pedersen

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Slow Moe was born into a place no snail wanted to be.

 Nobody noticed the egg hatching; the youngster stretched and looked around, feeling small and all alone.

He was greeted by row upon row of snails just like him, as far as the tiny eye could see…

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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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—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,
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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.

We Know What Happened To Michael Vick’s Dogs…but What Became of the Infamous Property? Read All About it December 1!

If you haven’t read the most recent Washington Post story on the Vick dogs rescued from his fighting operation in 2007, we urge you to read and share it with all your friends. After all, can there ever be enough happy ending stories from a tragedy such as this?

A Second Chance

Twelve years ago, 47 dogs were rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation and allowed to live. They’ve enriched the lives of countless humans and altered the course of animal welfare.

Even though most of the dogs have since passed on, many groups and families gave their all to chain-ge the lives of these dogs for the better. They deserve a place in history and our gratitude.  Read the full article and see the heartwarming photos here.

In addition, the article mentions that the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better bought the property, and turned it from the Bad Newz Kennels to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.

Did you ever wonder how that came to be?

On December 1st, from author and founder of Dogs Deserve Better—Tamira Thayne—comes the book many have been waiting for:

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

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From the Introduction:

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.

**

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

Seemed pretty creepy to me.

I felt the whispers surround me, reaching out. The rescuer in me 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. I shuddered, pulling myself together…

Stay tuned for more information, coming soon! To browse all of author Tamira Thayne’s current books, visit her author page.