Author Brandy Herr Brings Us the Second in her Second Chance Farm Children’s Book Series with “Emma’s Second Chance”

Second Chance Farm is a real-life rescue in Granbury, Texas, dedicated to helping animals with physical handicaps. Author Brandy Herr is determined to share their stories in the best way she knows how: through a children’s story and picture book series.

Emma’s Second Chance is her second book of the series, and she’s excited through it to raise awareness for both deaf dogs and the rescue who helped Emma along to a wonderful life.

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Interested in an autographed copy of Emma’s Second Chance or Honey’s Second Chance? You can order them direct from the author at this link: http://www.whochainsyou.com/books.html

About the Book:

Emma, 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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About the Rescue:

The mission at Second Chance Farm is to offer quality care and a place of refuge for abused, physically handicapped, aged or homeless animals. Second Chance Farm, an open space facility, helps protect the quality of life of these animals while improving their well being through prevention, education, intervention, placement and lifetime care, so they can live out their lives with dignity, respect and love. Visit their website to learn more at SecondChanceFarmGranbury.org and follow all their exciting adventures at Facebook.com/SecondChanceFarmGranbury.

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Don’t Miss Brandy’s first book in the series, too, Honey’s Second Chance!

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Adele, a sweet and oft-overlooked rattie companion, is charming readers and librarians alike!

The reviews are coming in for Adopting Adele, and fans are raving about a book they have declared “long overdue”!

We’re so excited for Adele and other rats like her who are oft-overlooked when it comes time for adoption. A big thanks to author Heather Leughmyer and illustrator April Pedersen for raising awareness on their behalf.

From a Librarian:

Five Stars from Lynn S.: “As a children’s librarian and pet rat lover, I can’t say enough good things about this book. Children will love the rhyming verse and sympathize with Adele’s plight. The story accurately describes these incredible, misunderstood creatures. It is a perfect read-aloud for kids from 3 and up. I will be using it in my preschool and elementary storytimes. A big thank you goes out to Ms. Leughmyer for a truly wonderful book.”

From fellow rat-pack fans:

Five Stars, from Jenny L. Branhamon: “This book is so great! It’s a fantastic way to introduce people to pet rats. The story is so sweet, and the artwork amazing. Well done! (And about time!😉)”

Five Stars, from Jim Piatekon: “A great book. At first you feel sorry for Adele, but when she is adopted, you feel happy for her. I highly recommend this book not only for kids but for everyone who loves rats, dogs, cats or any other fur friends. Lovely book to share with a child.”

Five Stars, from Laura: “Wonderful book to read to a child. Both the text and the illustrations are whimsical and charming. BTW I also recommend rats as pets. Like this ebook, they are sweet; I too had rats when I was a child.”

About the Book:

Meet Adele, a gorgeous little white rat who dreams of a home of her own. Yet every day in the shelter she’s passed over, met with looks of disgust from parents telling their children “it’s just a filthy rat.”

Yet they couldn’t be further from the truth. Written by author Heather Leughmyer in a beautifully singsong prose, this book is sure to change hearts and minds about this oft-overlooked companion. The verse is accompanied by 13 full-color illustrations by artist April Pedersen, and includes a children’s activity section at the back.

From the book: 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. Curiously twitching her pretty pink nose, she sat groomed to perfection from whiskers to toes. Her tiny eyes glistened like two glossy stones, yet still, sweet Adele would remain all alone.

Dogs were adopted, people cooed over cats. Even hamsters found homes; why not a nice rat?

Perfect for childhood reading for ages 4 and up, Adopting Adele promotes a happier world for all our animal friends. Who Chains You Books is dedicated to helping our planet’s companions and wildlife and all who advocate on their behalf.

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Been Told You’re ‘Too Sensitive’ for Caring About the Animals? Four Challenges Sensitive People Can Overcome to Make a Difference

 

Are you an animal activist or rescuer who’s been repeatedly told you’re ‘too sensitive’ for caring about animals? You are not alone.

One of the Universe’s little ironies is that the most sensitive among us are the ones tasked with doing one of the most difficult jobs…protecting the animals.

Yet this very same sensitivity—the gift of the ability to empathize, to put ourselves into the shoes, hooves, or paws of another being—puts us at greater risk for pain, depression, and immense suffering, whether we are following through with our chosen mission or not.

There are four hurdles to be overcome in working for the animals which can prove especially challenging to the sensitive soul.

1. Overcoming the Fear of Taking Action

Sensitive folks believe they’ve come to this planet to make a difference. When that difference is scary, such as advocating for animals left out on chains, animals that end up on peoples’ plates, or animals that are used for the amusement of humans, the fear—real and imagined—is amped up accordingly.

There exists the possibility that when one stands in the face of violence against animals, jail, physical and emotional harm, or even death can result. To the sensitive soul these confrontations with amoral people loom large and menacing.

The probability of failure is high, and even when there are successes to tide you over, the greater likelihood is that there remains a continued chance of defeat in each mission you undertake. Those who are sensitive take these failures more personally, believing that it’s all their fault—and just maybe they are not good people—if they can’t succeed.

2. Overcoming Debilitating Pain for and on Behalf of The Animals

For those of us who love animals, the thought of eating them, chaining them, caging them for our amusement, and the host of other uncurbed cruelties that abound out in the ‘real’ world cause us intense emotional discomfort.

We feel this pain on behalf of the tortured souls—as if we are experiencing it AS them—AND we feel this pain on behalf of our own tormented spirits, forced to witness the cruelty and feeling helpless to stop it.

Overwhelming anguish leads to depression, avoidance of the reality we face, and—worst case scenario—suicide.

When we are in such intense agony, it is very hard to act on behalf of the animals. All we can focus on is our own suffering and how to ameliorate it.

3. Overcoming Obstacles and Putdowns by Bullies and Authorities

Sensitive people by and large don’t fend off criticism as well as their neighbors and co-workers. Because they are so easily-affected by the putdowns of others, they struggle to place the far-flung words into perspective, to realize those who are directing abuse at them are really showing themselves for what they are: bullies. To the overwhelmed thought pattern of the empath, the putdowns becomes more proof that they must somehow be defective.

They have a harder time standing up to authorities—even though their moral compass is strong—because the desire to avoid conflict and an inherent kindheartedness is a large part of who they are. As such they are often mistaken for weak by those who bulldoze all those standing in their path.

4. Overcoming Defeat and Getting Back Up to Fight Again

Once a sensitive soul is down, it becomes all too tempting to roll over and play dead. They bury themselves in depression, alcohol, pills, food, TV-watching, internet surfing, or other activities that are self-defeating and don’t forward the mission of advocating for the animals.

Everyone on the front lines needs a break from time to time. Animal advocacy is a very difficult and soul-draining process, especially for those who are empathetic enough to fight on behalf of the animals.

There also comes a time in every activist or rescuer’s career when her front line days are over, she’s served her time, and she can then be of service to the cause as a mentor to others.

Ascertaining at which point on the spectrum the sensitive soul currently sits is an ongoing process, but overcoming a sense of defeat enough to stand and fight another day is a highly-commendable—and possible—goal.

Exactly How Does the Sensitive Soul Overcome These and Other Obstacles to Animal Activism?

Sometimes the most sensitive among us are surprisingly inept at inner reflection and strength-building. Most have suffered intense childhood wounding by their families of origin, and carry this pain into adulthood, mistakenly assuming they are stuck dragging it after them for life.

But our very ability to look deep, to release old, stuck issues, can make the difference in overcoming the obstacles and creating a new reality for ourselves.

Often a childhood fraught with animal abuse brings about the very desire to make a difference for the animals as adults, and letting go of the pain and blame from childhood will go a long way toward giving us the strength to stand tall for those we are now tasked with protecting.

There are a myriad of ways to let go, and there is no wrong way as long as it works for you. Just start exploring the infinite possibilities. I recommend reading “The Four Agreements” if you haven’t already done so, and take its lessons to heart. The agreements are simple yet profound, and the book is short and perfect for multiple readings—as you’ll find it easy to forget what you’ve learned and fall back into childhood patterns.

I’ve become a fan of and use tapping, aka EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), for myself and my clients, as a solid means by which to free negative emotions and build a strong inner core through drawing the positive into your life.

To teach yourself tapping (one of the reasons I love it is that you can totally teach it to yourself), visit the founder’s website and go through the lessons. You won’t regret it. http://www.emofree.com.

Below is a video to get the sensitive souls among us started in overcoming obstacles today. Tap along and you’ll start releasing a little of that pain and negativity within the first 15 minutes!

Tamira Thayne is the founder of Who Chains You Books and Spiritual Mentoring, and the pioneer of the anti-chaining movement in America. She spent 13 years on the front lines of chained-dog activism and rescue as founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better. She is the author of Foster Doggie Insanity: Tips and Tales to Keep your Kool as a Doggie Foster Parent, and Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues. To book a one-on-one session with Mr. Thayne, visit the website at http://www.whochainsyou.com/activism.html.

Bullying in the Animal Rescue Movement, Part II: How an Online Bully can Change and Make Amends

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Online bullying is a fact of life, and happens in every social movement and in every dusty corner of the web; however, it is particularly insidious in the animal rescue movement because it destroys the very protective fiber the animals depend on for their salvation.

In Part II of our two-part series on Bullying in the Animal Rescue Movement, Who Chains You founder Tamira Thayne offers a five-step process for online bullies who want to put an end to abuse of others and change their lives for the better.

1. Get Straight with Yourself

For an online bully, coming clean will not be an easy process, and most-likely only 1 in 100 will find it within herself (since the bulk of the online bullying in the rescue community comes from women, I will be using “she/her” throughout. Feel free to substitute “he/his” as needed) to grow enough to change.

But, one cannot begin to change without taking responsibility for the actions that have caused harm to others. That means putting an end to the blame game, an end to the justifications, and taking an honest inventory of what you’ve done and to whom.

Here are some possible suggestions as to the actions you’ve taken to cause harm. Make yourself a list and resolve to take the steps necessary to fix the behaviors.

Lying about others? Check.

Starting fake profiles in order to stalk or intimidate others? Check.

Starting online facebook pages who’s sole intention is to harm the target of your bullying? Check.

Creating or amplifying online rumors that are hurtful and untrue? Check.

These four behaviors (and more, don’t skip any) are established big guns in the arsenal of the online bully. Take stock of what you’ve done and to whom. You can’t change it until you own it.

2. Figure Out the WHY Behind What You’ve Done

Digging deep within and being honest with yourself about WHY you’ve targeted others in the animal rescue community is an important step in the healing process. If you don’t understand why you’ve done it, how can you fix it?

Jealousy? Whether or not an online bully will admit it, most bullies operate from a place of jealousy and envy. “Why does that rescuer get so much attention for her rescues? Why am I not getting the attention I crave? I need to put a stop to that.”

Although everyone in society has experienced jealousy in his/her life, most don’t target and attempt to destroy the person they find themselves envious of. Must folks understand that if they are jealous it is solely THEIR problem, and taking action to harm others is a line they will not cross. What makes an online bully different?

Mental Issues? Although there’s not a human alive that has no emotional or mental issues, those who take their jealousy to targeting status have allowed these issues to get the better of them. Therapy (and tapping, see the below video to get you started) are two of hundreds of possible methods for dealing with and healing yourself from mental or emotional pain.

Remember, just because you are in pain, you have no right to take that pain out on innocents.

3. Stay Away from Triggers Such as Other Animal Rescue Groups or Online Pages Until You’ve Gotten Through your Program

Just as an alcoholic needs to avoid the bars, so the online bully who wants to get better needs to avoid the situations that bring out her worst behavior. Don’t join a new rescue group as a volunteer or online Facebook pages where you might be tempted to bully. Until you can feel strong enough to avoid the temptation to victimize others, it’s best to just keep your own council and work on your own self-improvement.

4. Make Amends—One Cannot Underestimate the Importance of this Step.

Once you’ve taken responsibility in your own mind and figured out the underlying issues that have caused you to behave badly, it’s time for you to take responsibility for your behavior with the victim AND the world at large.

This step is very difficult for most, BUT it’s also the most crucial—because your victim will continue to feel victimized by you unless you take steps to alleviate her pain.

If you’ve announced to the world that your target is a [insert lie here], then it’s also your obligation to announce the truth to the world and do what you can to repair her reputation. 

It could be something as simple as the following letter that is sent to the victim and then made public online:

Dear [Target],

I have been bullying you online, and I have realized that I was wrong in doing so. I would like to say “I’m Sorry”, and I would also like to make amends to you by publicly posting that the things I said about you were NOT TRUE. I’m sorry for destroying your reputation and for harming your rescue efforts. I am changing my life, and making amends to you is a big part of that. If there is more I can do to help restore your character, please don’t hesitate to ask.

5. Celebrate your Ascent from Madness into Braveness and FIND YOUR PASSION!

Given that only 1 in 100 will actually take responsibility for the harm they do others, if you’ve done the work to get to the 5th level, pat yourself on the back! You’ve shown tremendous growth of spirit.

In order to prevent you from slipping back into online bullying status, it’s time to grow even more by Finding what Makes your Soul Sing!

At a loss for discovering your passion? My favorite tool for discovering my soul’s purpose was a book called “You Already Know What to Do” by Sharon Franquemont, which I credit for helping me clarify my mission and my decision to form Dogs Deserve Better in 2002. I recommend it; or, I’m sure there are many others out there that can speak to you and help you find the gift that will bring your soul the most joy.

I wish you the best of luck.

Below, tap along with Tamira Thayne in this week’s Tapping Tuesdays at 2 episode to learn how tapping can help you release negative emotions.

To take your own free tapping courses and go in-depth into tapping, visit the creator’s website at http://www.emofree.com.

Tamira Thayne is the founder of Who Chains You Books and Spiritual Mentoring, and the pioneer of the anti-chaining movement in America. She spent 13 years on the front lines of chained-dog activism and rescue as founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better. She is the author of Foster Doggie Insanity: Tips and Tales to Keep your Kool as a Doggie Foster Parent, and Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues. To book a one-on-one session with Mr. Thayne, visit the website at http://www.whochainsyou.com/activism.html.

Love to Read? Join the Who Chains You Proofer Club to Read FREE and FIRST!

Who Chains You Publishing Assists Both the Animals and Those Who Fight on Their Behalf through Books that Educate as Well as Entertain.

Join our Proofer Club to Read Free (and First) AND Help Our Books Become Error-Free!

Are you an avid reader (and animal lover) who can’t help but notice and wish you could correct errors in the books you read? Now’s your chance to have your voice heard and your changes implemented! We want your help as a member of our Proofer Club. Who Chains You Books is a new, niche publisher, and as such seeks to put out books that are as error-free as possible in order to widen our audience and spread the world about animal issues and advocacy. It takes many sets of eyes to bring a book to near-perfection, and WCY is not yet able to pay full-time proofreading help.

Can you assist us and lend a hand to animal causes without having to be on the front lines? We’d be grateful, and, you read free, of course! (And usually before anyone else gets to see it!)

How our club works: Join our Proofer Club e-mail list, below, to receive notifications of which books need your proofing help. If you’re interested in reading a book we’ve listed, sign up to read that book in either .pdf or kindle format. We’ll send instructions via e-mail, you’ll send us back any errors you noticed, and after ten completed book proofs you’ll receive your choice of a free paperback, too, as a big THANK YOU for your help.

Note: If you commit to holding a proofing slot for a book, please follow through, as we only accept 20 slots per book, and each voice is important. Failure to follow through will result in us holding future slots open for others.

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Join Us Live on Facebook for Tapping Tuesdays at 2

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Are you stressed out and anxious about the plight of the animals?

Are you under attack by others for your stand?

Join Who Chains You and Tamira Thayne as we tackle the anxiety so many are feeling with tapping and other coping techniques in a ten-week free seminar.

Emotional Freedom Technique, aka Tapping, works with the body’s meridians to help ease anxiety, and can relieve a myriad of ailments if properly targeted. Tamira Thayne has been a student of and uses tapping in her own life, and strongly believes it can be a useful tool in any animal advocate’s arsenal.

Tamira Thayne is founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, an award-winning national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the chaining and penning of dogs, and as such spent years on the front lines of animal activism. In 2010, Thayne was termed the “Godmother of Anti-Tethering” by USA Today.

Tamira is the author of Foster Doggie Insanity: Tips and Tales to Keep your Kool as a Doggie Foster Parent, Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues and co-editor of Unchain My Heart: DDB Rescue Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Caring. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister, and holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Maryland, as well as a Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral Degree in Naturology from AIHT.

To learn more about tapping directly from its founder, visit his site at http://www.emofree.com.

Now Available: Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund. My Path to the Bugman, With an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for your Home and Garden

Got questions about bugs? Richard Fagerlund’s your guy, and his newest book is now available in Paperback and Kindle from Who Chains You Books.

bugmancoverloshadowRichard Fagerlund is now widely known and respected as “The Bugman”, but it wasn’t always that way. In his third book, The Bugman takes us on a compelling journey through his early life, his struggles with alcohol and search to make a meaningful contribution to society, and his ultimate self-discovery along the path to becoming a Board Certified Entomologist (insect expert) and Dipterist (specialist in flies).

He then guides us through the best and least-harmful ways to deal with insects, other arthropods, and vertebrates which are commonly considered pests in our homes and gardens, offering detailed descriptions for over 150 species and ecologically-friendly advice on how to dissuade or remove them from your home or environment.

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.

Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund has previously published two books and three scientific papers on the subject of bugs, and written a nationally-syndicated column about natural pest control.

According to former presidential candidate Gary Johnson, Richard “leads the way to a better, healthier planet, where pollution from pesticides is limited.”

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Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund spent many years in the pest management business, and then 11 more working with the University of New Mexico as a pest specialist, an Entomologist (insect expert), and Dipterist (specialist in flies). He is the co-author of “Ask the Bugman” and “The Bugman on Bugs”, as well as the co-author of three scholarly papers during his time with UNM. He wrote weekly natural pest control columns that appeared in many newspapers nationwide, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the Albuquerque Tribune.

When he retired from the University of New Mexico in 2006, Richard went into pest management consulting, and continues to help businesses control pests using least-toxic methods today. He still writes occasional columns for various papers, because he enjoys helping people solve their pest problems without having to use toxic pesticides. He has received hundreds if not thousands of letters from readers across the country.

His latest book is available in paperback and on kindle from Amazon and 3rd-party representatives.

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Honey the Golden Retriever Gets a Second Chance in Children’s Book

A review of Honey’s Second Chance, thank you!

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The children’s book “Honey’s Second Chance” by Brandy Herr is a well-illustrated and moving story about a Golden Retriever named Honey who spent a large number of her early years tied up to a tree. Over time, Honey got more and more depressed and would sleep a lot. One day, she was taken to an animal shelter and they decided to call a rescue group to come and get her so that she could recover and find a new home. Honey’s collar had dug more and more into her skin as she grew bigger and the rescue group Second Chance Farm got rid of the collar, nursed her back to health and got her ready to find a new home.

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A Fight for Human Rights IS a Fight for Animal Rights

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

cfd5The year was 2000, and I was searching for a mission, a way to make a difference before I left this planet. My love for animals pushed me to fight for chained dogs—the forgotten dogs, the dogs languishing in backyards with no one to speak on their behalf.

Even though I loved all animals, and shortly after forming Dogs Deserve Better became vegetarian (and now mostly vegan), I always carried a deep fascination for cows. Those faces! I just wanted to squish them and kiss them all over.

But a part of me always thought, “if I can’t get people to care about the dog suffering on the chain, how can I get them to care about the cows, pigs, or chickens laying on their plates?”

I never envied those who fight on the front lines for farmed animals—the difficulty of their mission made mine look like child’s play. 

But…

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A Vegan’s Impact: The Facts

Good blog with some facts to consider for those weighing a vegan diet!

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As many people wrap up Veganuary and potentially weigh the pros and cons of sticking with it past the 31st, it’s important to fully grasp the impact that one vegan can have on the world.

It’s so easy to feel like just a drop in a huge ocean. Every vegan or temporary vegan must remember that even one person can make a huge difference for the animals and the planet.

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.*

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