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.

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Win “Emma’s Second Chance” on Another Free Book Friday!

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Only one week left to win a free book from Who Chains You Publishing. Welcome, Everyone, to Another Free Book Friday! Today you can Win our 24th Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? Emma’s Second Chance, by Brandy Herr.

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. 24th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 25th.

Spread the word and join in the fun! Emma’s Second Chance is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook, and makes a wonderful addition to humane education and classroom programs.

Here’s that link to play again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/rpp.978812565570678/1790626801055913/

About the Book:

emmacoverloEmma, a deaf hound mix, thinks everyone deserves a second chance at life. After all, she’s one of the lucky pups who got to start over—thanks to a kind woman who rescued her after her family dumped her along the side of the road.

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.

Based on the true story of Emma the rescue dog, Emma’s Second Chance is perfect for kids young and old. Who Chains You Publishing is proud to release children’s books that are fun, educational, and stand tall as a voice for the animals.

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About the Author:

Brandy Herr was born near Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a major in public relations and a minor in theatre. She now lives in Granbury, Texas with her husband, Matthew, their rescued dogs, Pillow and Luna, and their rescued cats, Emma and Goblin. She currently has three other books available: Honey’s Second Chance, Haunted Granbury, and a short story featured in the collection Nine Deadly Lives: An Anthology of Feline Fiction. Learn more about Brandy and her work on her website at AuthorBrandyHerr.com and follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuthorBrandyHerr.

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Meet Some Adorable Pigeons in Today’s Book Giveaway, “Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament”

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Welcome, Everyone, to Thursday’s Contest! Today you can Win our 16th Free Book in our $400, 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament, 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. 16th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 17th.

Spread the word and join in the fun! Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook, and is a perfect addition to humane education programs, too.

Here’s that link again. https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/rpp.978812565570678/1777337899051470/

About the Book:

smidgeycover18lo-dropIt was a gorgeous summer day in Central Park, and Smidge and her brother Ridge had time to share one last adventure before it was time to grow up, as Mama Pidgey primly informed them. Yuk, where was the fun in that?!

Smidge slapped Ridge’s wing with hers. “Hey, you hungry? Wanna be real birds, and scavenge the park for seeds, or go see if Mrs. Laney is providing Pidgey Take-Out today?”

Ridge rubbed his belly. “Yum, Mrs. Laney’s for sure! Maybe she put out french fries again,” he grinned mischievously.

The two were so intent on their scramble for treats that when they heard the first squawks of protest, they assumed it was just a squabble over a savory morsel. Soon the cries became louder and more frantic, and more birds joined the chorus.

Finally realizing something wasn’t right, Smidge and Ridge looked up from their breakfast.

But it was too late—a black sack came down over their heads, engulfing them both and turning their world to darkness…

Who was stealing the city’s pigeons, and what’s to become of Smidge, Ridge, and the others? Find out in Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament, excellent for ages 8 and up, and perfect for humane education in today’s classrooms. Includes Vocab Builders, as well as information about the very real threat to pigeons, and what you can do to help these wonderful birds.

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), the 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.

About the Illustrator:

C. A. Wulff has been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-four years, volunteering with Ohio humane group Valley Save-a-Pet. An author, artist, and animal advocate, Wulff uses her art and writing to spread the joy of the human/canine bond. Her books, Born Without a Tail: the Making of an Animal Advocate and Circling the Waggins; How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness, chronicle her personal journey of animal rescue. Her books How to Change the World in 30 Seconds and Finding Fido are guides for animal advocates and pet parents. You can follow her on her blog “Up on the Woof”, where she shares biscuits of dog-related info.

Wulff currently resides in one of our nation’s National Forests with her lifemate and five dogs. She attributes her love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.

Day 11 of our $400 Anniversary Celebration Book Giveaway! Win a Copy of “The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail”

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Win our 11th Free Book Today, Saturday August 11th ONLY! We’re on Day 11 of our $400 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail, by Sandra Biersdorfer.

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. 11th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 12th.

Spread the word and join in the fun! The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook, and is a great anti-bullying and humane education choice for the classroom, too.

Here’s that link to play again: https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou/photos/a.994533240665277.1073741828.978812565570678/1768642063254387/

About the Book:

kittycoverlo-drop“Look who’s coming down the hall! It’s Stubby Nubby, her tail so small!”

Most of us have experienced being made fun of or called names that hurt our feelings. Meet Ethel Kitty who doesn’t like being called names—like “Stubby Nubby”—just because she has a smaller tail than the other cats at school. Read along in this tale of tails as the new cat in town helps Ethel realize she is special despite her “shortcomings” and teaches her how to stand up to bullies.

In its third edition, author Sandra Biersdorfer adds playful song lyrics and talks about the real Ethel who inspired the tale. Perfect for ages 7 and up, The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail will delight readers big and small, and fit flawlessly into school humane education and bullying programs.

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About the Author:

Sandra Biersdorfer, a native of East Texas, has been an avid reader since childhood. Some of her favorite books are the Nancy Drew mysteries and The Little House on the Prairie series. She is an advocate for reading and enjoys reading to children and visiting schools as much as possible to share her love of reading and becoming an author.

Sandra currently lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with her two feline fur babies Shadow, an adopted male black domestic short hair, and Ethel. Ethel is a rescue kitty, too, and is the subject of Sandra’s second published children’s book, The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail, because she does indeed have an itty-bitty tail. Her first children’s book, Nana’s Banana, was published in 2014, and her third, Papa’s Pumpkin, was published in 2017.

Sandra enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends including her two grown children. Her son is a Math major at Stephen F. Austin State University, and her daughter is a high school English teacher in Katy ISD.

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Win “It’s About A Dog” on Thrifty Thursday! Book 9 in our 31-Book Giveaway

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Win our 9th Free Book on this Thrifty Thursday! We’re on Day 9 of our 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary.

Today’s Prize? It’s About a Dog, by Maggie Couch.

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. 9th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 10th.

Spread the word and join in the fun! It’s About a Dog is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook, and is great for humane education, too.

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About the Book:

aboutadogcover-loOliver the Owl isn’t used to caring about dogs. To Oliver’s way of thinking, dogs can’t be trusted. They eat birds, after all.

But then a black dog—with some white spots—ends up living under the tree he calls home; Oliver discovers he can’t ignore, can’t forget, and can’t fly away from the plight of his fellow being. Will the neglected and chained black dog ever receive the happy ending Oliver believes he deserves?

Oliver narrates the dog’s tale from a new and unique perspective; his viewpoint is sure to touch the hearts of all who read It’s About a Dog.

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About the Author:

Over the past 20 years, Maggie Couch has fostered more than 100 homeless dogs, in Connecticut and in Colorado. She has loved every one of them, and carries them in her heart always. An animal rights activist, Maggie has participated in demonstrations against circuses, zoos, dog racing, marine life “entertainment,” puppy mills and stores, cat declawing, dog tethering, and other horrific practices which hurt our trusting, loyal and loving friends. She hopes that someday very soon there will be no dogs in this world who wait for love in lonely desperation, as did the dog in this story. She hopes that, instead, all dogs will be cherished, protected, and loved, also as was the dog in the story. She lives in Colorado with her two elderly adopted dogs and a neighborhood stray cat who adopted them all and rules their happy home.

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Win Today’s Book, Rescue Smiles, and Read about Some Beautiful Moments with our Animal Friends

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We’re giving away 31 FREE Books this Month. Today, win a copy of Rescue Smiles during Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

How do you win today’s prize? Simple. Just click on the link below to bring you to our page, and tell us you want it in our comment section. The contest will run all day today, Aug. 2nd, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 3rd.

Spread the word! Rescue Smiles is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook. The book is an excellent humane education tool, too

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Rescue Smiles was the 2017 winner of the Maxwell Award from Dog Writers of America in the Best Human/Animal Bond category.

About the Book:

The 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, Kat Soul, Rachel Ogden, Melody Whitworth, and Liz Woloski.

https://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Smiles-Favorite-Stories-Liberation/dp/1946044105/

Win a FREE Book During our 2nd Anniversary Celebration-31 Prizes!

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Join Us, for a Very Exciting Second Anniversary Celebration! And, Win One of 31 FREE Books During the Month of August

We can hardly believe it’s been two years since Who Chains You Publishing opened our proverbial doors…

To celebrate, we’re giving away 1 FREE BOOK each day this month on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/whochainsyou.

How do you win? Just visit our Facebook page, click on our book prize of the day, (for today it’s Adopting Adele), and tell us you want it in the comments section. THAT’S IT!

You’ll then be entered in our random drawing, and the winner will be chosen tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. Our first book in our giveaway, TODAY ONLY, is Adopting Adele, by Heather Leughmyer.

tamijewelonyxloWho Chains You Books started with the vision of one woman who understood how hard it was for animal rescuers and activists to get published by mainstream publishers—yet she also knew these folks had an important message to share with the world.

Tamira Thayne had left the nonprofit she founded, Dogs Deserve Better, the previous spring, and was looking for another way to make a difference for animals. Her background in the publishing industry gave her the knowledge to bring animal-related books to the market, and in the summer of 2016 she took the plunge, creating Who Chains You Publishing and putting out her first books.

To date, the company has published 29 animal-related books, with two more slated for release this month. Our Crescent Renewal Imprint, which focuses on family, education, and the environment, has released a further six books.

We hope you’ll join us in the fun this month as we celebrate both our 2nd Anniversary and support Back to School programs. Take the first step by joining us on our Facebook page today.

Read more about Adopting Adele here:

Did You Know Humane Educators Can Get Wholesale Pricing?

Humane Education is one of the most important tools we have to engender a sense of kindness in future generations. By breaking the chain of cruelty to animals through direct communication with youth in schools, we create a more caring society, for humans as well as animals. Our wholesale program is perfect to assist Humane Educators in teaching our youth about animal issues in society.

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Guess Who Else can Get Wholesale Pricing? Nonprofits and Indie Bookstores!

We know what it’s like to run a nonprofit and always be searching for new and creative ways to raise money. Our nonprofit and indie bookstore wholesale program is perfect to help you both fundraise AND educate about animal issuesat the same time. You are welcome to sell our paperbacks on your website, social media sites, at booths, as well as at any other fundraising opportunities.

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Two Tweens Find Homes for Returned Shelter Dogs in New Book from Author Samantha K. Riggi

Engaging New Series from Author Samantha K. Riggi Advocates for Returned Shelter Dogs

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“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.

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About the Author

samanthariggiauthorphotoSamantha 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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Dog Mom v. Human Mom: Who’s “Got it Easier”?

By Tamira Thayne

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It’s that sacred day of the year. You know the one—the one where we moms get to do whatever it is WE want to do. We get to be completely selfish, laze around in bed, and make inordinate demands on our family, like “Clean up your own mess”, or “Run out to the liquor store and bring Mommy a half gallon of whatever’s on sale, there’s a good lad.”

That kinda thing.

Except for some reason I’m already on my second load of laundry and contemplating whether I really DO want to vacuum the floor on Mother’s Day. [Pretty sure the answer is NO…Yes, it’s NO.]

As I was peeling away the hair-covered sheets from the dog and cat beds—and trying to contain the runoff within said sheets so it didn’t further hairify the floor—I contemplated how much of said fur was about to be deposited into my washing machine.

I acknowledged to the person I talk to in my head who is also me that I’m gonna have to make sure the washing machine is thoroughly sanitized before the hubby notices. [He likes to pretend the animal laundry gets magically poofed to the laudromat so our own machines don’t get sullied—we maintain this fantasy as part of our peaceful household.]

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The author’s daughter with a blind foster dog

Which got me to pondering…is it easier being a Mom to dogs and/or cats or to those of the human persuasion?

 

Let’s compare, getting right into the thick of it. The, ooey, gooey thickness of it…

Wretching. Horking. Vomiting.

Dog & Cat: OH, THE HORROR! The puke…the sound of which can strike fear into the hearts of many an intrepid dog or cat mom. You know that wretched wretching noise of which I speak….there you are, dreaming about Timothy Olyphant (Justified, not Santa Clarita Diet, although he is a very supportive husband in that role), when suddenly there it is. Yak…yak…YAKKKKK!

But where is it? Is it in your bed? On the floor? Between you and the bathroom? Can it wait until morning, or will you forget about it and definitely step in it then?

[Ponder the problem. If you’re one of those lucky moms, you roll over, go back to sleep, and vow to investigate at the break of dawn.]

Kid: “Mommy! I don’t feel so good.” Rubs belly. “I think I’m gonna frow up.” Rushes for the bathroom…

Odds are about 80/20 they won’t make it. At least when they miss you know exactly where it is, and sometimes it’s even on the bathroom floor, which means there’s not even carpeting. Score.

Plus, you’re telling me there’s a CHANCE.

Point=Kid

Grocery Shopping

Dog & Cat: “You’re leaving us here? At home? While you go to the place with all the delicacies, and the smells, and the beautiful decisions over what to bring home to this prison?”

You, ruefully: “I’m so sorry, my sweethearts. I will miss you incessantly, but alas, there are laws against bringing you with me into the grocery store, which we are of course greatly offended by and will make plans to protest another day.”

Kid: “I hate the grocery store. Why do I have to go? Ooh, can I have that? Mom!!!! But I want it! I need it. All the other kids have it.” [Slips said item into cart while you compare green beans.]

You, harried. “Why is it a big fight every time we come here? We have a LIST.” You clutch the list and thrust it emphatically and victoriously into the air.

[Kid is umimpressed. Throws him/herself onto the floor when you remove the item from the cart and screams that you’re the worst parent EVER. Repeat.]

Point=Dog & Cat

Play Dates at the Park

Dog [If you have any living gray matter, you won’t be taking your cat to the park—EVER]: You briefly ponder on the way to the park why you have a death wish. Rufus is pacing the back seat with excitement, spittle and fur swishing throughout the vehicle because you just had to open your sun roof, and even your iced tea has now sprouted.

Yeah, there was that one time you took the dog to the park and there was just the two other nice dogs and everyone got along and the other dog dad was actually hot and nice. 

But that was only one time. The other 3,098 times your dog peed on the sexy guy’s leg, fought with two dobermans and a rottweiler, and ended up with a $3098 vet bill and the cone of shame. You’re now facing two civil lawsuits because your dog’s an asshole, and you’ve had to move cities three times to find new dog parks.

Kid: You briefly ponder the weather, and hope this beautiful spring day will hold up. Did I forget my book? Darn it. Well, I’m sure I can find something on Kindle Unlimited to read.

I hope Betty Sue is there with that delightful Kenny. He’s such a good influence on Ralphie. I sure hope that Damian isn’t there, he tugged on little Kate’s hair braids the last time and made her cry. What a kerfuffle. I’m so glad I remembered some healthy snacks for Ralphie to share with his friends.

Point=Kid

Swearing

Dog and cat: You’re in your first real home, a young married couple, and fresh out of the military. You have a mouth like a sailor, but it’s all good, because Mom and Dad are five states away, and they aren’t technologically savvy enough to plant bugs in your house to monitor you from afar. You’re FREE!

You rush to the local rescue group to adopt Fluffy and Kirby, because you know you’re mature enough now, and Mom taught you how to care for your best friends. You pass the home visit with flying colors, and get that exciting call to come pick up your babies.

While driving home with your precious cargo, one of THOSE drivers cuts you off, and then stops right in front of you. “Why, you sonuvabeeyotch! You crazy mothereffer! I’m gonna shove this car so far up your rectum you’ll be spitting steel by suppertime!” you scream, really warming up to your topic.

Then, guiltily, you remember Fluffy and Kirby sitting patiently in the back, hoping this will be their FUREVER home this time—not like that last one.

You give them a tentative smile, and they look back at you with eyes full of hope and love, saying only two words: “Ruff” and “meow.”

Your secret is safe.

Kid: You’ve been in your new home for three years now, and, Thank Dog for your good genes, have managed to pop out a two-fer, TWIN boys! Waahoo! You love spending time with your sons, and regularly take the two year olds with you on jaunts about town.

While driving home with your precious cargo, one of THOSE drivers cuts you off, and then stops right in front of you. “Why, you sonuvabeeyotch! You crazy mothereffer! I’m gonna shove this car so far up your rectum you’ll be spitting steel by suppertime!” you scream, really warming up to your topic.

Then, guiltily, you remember Keenan and Keefer in the back seat, soaking up the atmosphere like the little sponges they are.

You give them a tentative smile, and they look back at you with eyes full of vinegar, and and then at each other, before screaming: “Sumbish! Mavaeffa! Sumbish! Mavaeffa!”

Horrified, you rush home to put on Clifford The Big Red Dog before they memorize the gutter talk you’ve inadvertently taught them, and realize your word salad freedom has come to an end.

Point=Dog & Cat

It’s a Tie!

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Foster Doggie Insanity: Tips & Tales to Keep your Kool as a Doggie Foster Parent

Truth be told: I could go on all day with this…and I’m sure you too can think of lots of fun comparisons. For some moms, there will be a definite pro/con list that lands to one side or the other of the pet/kid argument.

Having been lucky enough to birth two humans and become a mom or foster mom for hundreds of dogs and cats during my years of active rescue, I can tell you that, despite my jokes and lamentations, I’ve loved them all.

Now that my daughter is an adult, and I am down to life with one dog and six cats, I can say with some degree of certainty that the human child has become easier.

For example: Today’s Mother’s Day, and I still had to get up and take care of our companions and feed the outside critters, birds and squirrels. My old cat Una still yapped incessantly until he got his morning treats, and the dog still refused to do his business in the rain.

But Bryn got up at five, went to her job at the bakery, then brought me home two cookies and is taking me to dinner. I can drink wine with dinner and know I have a driver to cart my buttocks safely home afterward.

Yet, a cat is snuggled on my lap as I type, and the dog lays contentedly at my feet. And therefore I acknowledge—to the voice in my head that is also me—that I am, indeed, ONE LUCKY MOTHER.

Happy Mother’s Day, from myself and the rest of the authors at Who Chains You Publishing. Whether you’re a mom to humans or to the fur-covered variety, we wish you a little time to sit back, put your feet up, and read a good book today. Here’s to you! http://www.whochainsyou.com.

About the Author

mommybanmanlo3Tamira 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 Foster Doggie Insanity, Happy Dog Coloring Book, Capitol in Chains, The Wrath of Dog, The King’s Tether, 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.