Who Chains You Publishing Presents our New Release and Now Available Titles for your Bookshelf
We are a niche, independent (indie) publishing company for animal lovers, presenting our first and second year’s book collection, which includes the following: a book for doggie foster parents, a book of poetry for animals in agriculture, an inspirational book for animal activists, a tale of an animal rescue gone bad, two books of short stories, a book on bugs and earth-friendly pesticides, a booklet of humor for rat lovers, two paranormal/magical fantasy book for young teens and up, and ten animal-related children’s books. We even have our own ghost story now! We featured 25 titles by the end of 2017. Our hope is that this is just the beginning.
Who Chains You Publishing pledges to choose a new charity annually to receive a portion of our sales at the end of the year. For 2018 we’ve chosen SHARK-Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, in gratitude for their hard work to end pigeon shoots in PA and the rest of America. Thank you!
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By Heather Leughmyer
Illustrated by April Pedersen
Little Conner was born on the 3rd day of June, to a proud mama cow, one warm afternoon. His mom gently cleaned him, as a good mother would, then he wiggled and wobbled, until finally he stood.
She gave him soft kisses on his velvety head, then faintly he mooed; Conner now needed fed. He found mama’s milk; it was pleasingly sweet. When his tummy was full, he took a nap at her feet.
But his dreams were cut short by the cries of another; someone was taking a calf from his mother! Conner stayed silent as he cowered in fear; he looked up at his mom as the human drew near…
What will Courageous Conner do now? Will he lose the mother he holds dear? Find out in this lyrical rhyming story from author Heather Leughmyer, part of her Kindness to Animals Series. Perfect for ages 6 and up, and excellent for both humane education and library and family story time.
The Shapeshifter’s Tale
By Laura Koerber
“I wanted to be the hero of this story, but instead I am the villain.”
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.
Meanwhile, on the “Other Side”, teenagers engage in the age-old ritual of cafeteria wars as they search for a place in modern society, and social hierarchy means everything to girls left on the outside with no way in.
How do these seemingly conflicting worlds collide, and who will turn out to be the self-described “villain”?
Find out in “The Shapeshifter’s Tale”, a story at once thought-provoking and intriguing, for young teens through adults and all those brought into the world of the “Other Side” through “The Listener’s Tale”.
Happy Dog! Coloring Book
By Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by April Pedersen
25 pages of whimsical black and white drawings from illustrator April Pedersen grace this wonderfully thought out and caring coloring book about a dog named Ranger, chained in the backyard and—like all dogs—wishing to be free.
Ranger tells the kids about his hopes and dreams, and how he was ultimately saved from a life no dog should have to suffer. By the end of his tale, his fans will be smiling and proclaiming themselves to be Happy Dogs right along with him.
The coloring book also features six pages of Happy Activities for kids, including a maze, connect the leash, and draw a tail on the pup. Perfect for all ages from 3 and up, this makes an incredible addition to any and all classroom humane education efforts.
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The Kitty with the Itty-Bitty Tail
By Sandra Biersdorfer
Illustrated by Lucent Ouano
“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.
In Bravo’s Freedom, 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. Will the rulers of Old Guinea listen to what Gabriel has to say, or will Gabriel and his new friend Bravo get locked away forever?
Bravo’s Freedom makes a wonderful classroom addition for environmental and humane education studies, and is perfect for ages 8 and up.
By Laura Koerber
How would you spend your time if you died and found yourself in Limbo? Most see Purgatory as a kind of in-between afterlife for people who didn’t rate Heaven and don’t deserve Hell. The author’s Limbo is a ghost town that includes animals that had been killed by humans: a dog, some cats, cows, chickens, and wild creatures, too. The animals are content with their lot in the afterlife, but the humans have an infinity of time on their hands and not enough to do. They think about the big issues, of course: the nature of God, how they screwed up in life, and how they can escape Limbo and get into Heaven.
But no one can spend all their time thinking higher thoughts, so mostly they do what they did in life: they gossip, they get on each other’s nerves, and they play poker.
Darla runs the village politics like a PTA Mom. Emmanuel, who has a wonderful singing voice, most enjoys fellowship with the cows. The Preacher, still in his hospital gown, gathers a congregation and makes it up as he goes along. Warren, a former college professor, seeks something to study in a bookless afterlife. You’ll meet The Naked Man, Lily, Traveling Jack, The Chinese Lady, and Trey, a quadriplegic who is freer in death than he was in life. Seventeen-year-old Alyse, the newest person to join the village, decides to bring everyone together by throwing the Limbo equivalent of a neighborhood block party.
If you like Ghost-Lite stories, you’ll love Limbo…you’ll laugh, cry, and ponder what comes next in your own great beyond.
By Heather Leughmyer
Illustrated by April Pedersen
Benny the bat always did what was right; hiding during the day and hunting at night. His bed was a tree and he slept upside down, in a quaint little forest just outside of town.
Each night at dusk he’d stretch and he’d yawn, then drop out of bed, and be home before dawn. By daybreak the bats would be sleeping away, but bored little Benny just wanted to play.
He wished to discover the world in the light; he was tired of darkness, fed up with the night. Then one dewy morning, he passed by his tree; he was nervous, but eager, about what he would see…
What will Brave Benny discover on his adventure? Find out in this wonderfully illustrated, rhyming children’s book, a perfect bedtime story for ages 4 and up, and independent readers age 7 and up. Includes activities for kids, and some good batty questions and answers, too!
I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue
By Laura Koerber
On the far side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, halfway between the mountains and the ocean, stands the little town of Forks. In that town, in a quiet neighborhood of modest homes and shabby businesses, there remains a dilapidated pink warehouse.
Packed inside that warehouse, living in deplorable conditions, were once over 120 dogs. Some of the dogs were kept in crates piled high on shelves, arranged in rows along the walls, and shoved into corners behind heaps of garbage and urine-saturated straw. Some of the dogs were confined to wire-sided or glassed-in kennels. One was kept in an old horse trailer. Dead ones were stored in a cooler.
In one of the crates was a black dog named Daisy. This is her story.
It is also the story of the rescue of one hundred and twenty-four dogs—and one snake—from the Olympic Animal Sanctuary, the only large-scale dog rescue in the U.S. to be carried out with no support from local government. The OAS rescue was an epic narrative that extended over several years and featured small town politics, protests, assault, lawsuits, arrests, and a midnight escape, all played out to a nationwide audience.
Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories
of Love and Liberation
Edited by Heather Leughmyer and Tamira Thayne
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 edition 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.
The King’s Tether: A Chained Gods Prequel Story
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.
In a rare moment of inactivity, the dog rested his head on his front paws. The thick logging chain weighed heavily across his body as he pulled his back legs from beneath the oppressive steel. His eyelids drooped, and even though his feral mind urged him to remain vigilant, told him he was in constant danger, sleep had its way with him anyway.
With sleep came relief.
In the waking state his mind knew only bloodlust and revenge, his body hunger and thirst, and his heart pain and sorrow. In slumber his consciousness freed itself from its bonds, and he revisited an immortal life once known—only to lose the beloved memories upon reawakening.
The ultimate cruelty.
He dreamt of a woman. It couldn’t be just any woman; according to the Prophetess, he would know her when he saw her. His brain, his heart, his mind—they all called out for her, whispering of bonds and mating rituals and a shared future that was theirs and theirs alone.
A kick to the ribs lurched him from the dream, and the woman slipped away from him, again…
Grab The King’s Tether to read more and start your Chained Gods Series adventure today!
A Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human
A Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human is a short, fun read, written by and for rescue rats, of course! (They kindly allow human Heather Leughmyer to translate for them.)
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. As a rat, you can’t imagine living your entire life without whiskers and a tail; it’s understandable, therefore, that you could find this lack in others so disconcerting that you’re not interested in giving them a chance.
Bipeds often get a bad rap, though, so it’s important to remember that not all humans are cut from the same cloth. 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.
The Wrath of Dog
The hairy beast growled and lunged at Baylee, his rusted logging chain straining to break—like it did every morning she cut down his back alley.
She hadn’t dubbed him “The Wrath of Dog” for nothin’.
She’s vowed that someday she’ll free Wrath and they’ll rise up and smite his obviously nasty owner. For today, though, she just needs to get past him without dying and make it the two blocks to class before the bell rings and she has another detention headed her way.
Wrath’s plight is soon forgotten when her refusal to dissect a kitty earns her another trip to Principal Baird’s office. Things go from bad to worse, and before long she’s hearing voices in her head, decamping the school premises with a band of zombie cats, and learning that The Wrath of Dog is a lot more than she bargained for.
Next thing she knows she’s avoiding her best friend, learning she’s not quite human, and taking on an unseen enemy to save the day, her family, and just maybe two worlds in the process.
Becoming an adult sure isn’t what she thought it would be…
Emma’s Second Chance
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.
Went Out to Get a Donut—Came Home With a Muffin
By Laura W. Eckroat
Went Out to Get a Donut—Came Home With a Muffin is a happy-go-lucky, singalong story of adopting a pup named Muffin. The colorful illustrations by Greg White perfectly complement a wonderful tale that will engage our smallest readers while teaching love for our companion animals. Suitable for kids aged pre-school and up.
WHAT “MUFFIN” LOVERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE SAYING …
“… Came Home With a Muffin will win the hearts of children of all ages. The story behind the story is equally engaging and charming. It will become a favorite for dog lovers everywhere.” — Carolyn Hedgecock, Author Locker Letters
“Went Out to Get a Donut is a fun book to read to your child while at the same time introducing the importance of adopting and rescuing animals. Mrs. Eckroat helps start the conversations with this book.”—Sherwin Daryani, Operation Kindness
The Listener’s Tale
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. The neighbors welcomed her—they were relieved to get Anna off their hands and into the custody of a relative.
But Anna hadn’t warmed to her aunt or her pug, whose eyes eerily tracked Anna’s every move. Something wasn’t right; her investigation leads to a world she’s never seen and even more relatives who live in a quirky village—a village where singers dance in the sky, the elders are hundreds of years old, and everyone has access to magic.
At first bemused, then charmed, Annie settles in to live with her new-found (and vegetarian) relations—and unravel the mystery of who is trying to kill her.
The Listener’s Tale is a charming fantasy for young teen readers age 10 and up or the young at heart.
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.
Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund: My Path to The Bugman, With an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for Your Home and Garden
Richard 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.”
Honey’s Second Chance
Honey, a beautiful golden retriever who deserved the very best life had to offer, had fallen on hard times. She spent all her days and all her nights tied to a tree in the backyard; she was lucky if she received food, water, and a kind word each day. But everything changed the day her guardian discovered her collar had cut into her neck, forcing him to make a decision about how much she actually meant to him. She was dumped at the shelter, where a kind woman took her to Second Chance Farm; there she got the care and tenderness she so greatly needed. Based on a true story, this tale is sure to touch the hearts of all who read it. Perfect for kids young and old, Honey’s Second Chance is a wonderful way to educate children at home or in schools that a dog deserves to be a happy and beloved member of the family.
If Your Tears Were Human:
A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture
If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture is an intensely moving and powerful collection of 25 verses written by Heather Leughmyer and paired with striking photographic images from Vanessa Sarges.
Each year, billions of land animals are raised and killed for their meat, eggs, and milk. To the agricultural industry, they are commodities, dollar signs. But to a growing number of people from all walks of life, these precious souls have purpose beyond our palates. They are unique individuals who experience pleasure and pain. They are companions, they are teachers, and they bring beauty and diversity to the planet we all share.
The poems included in this book were inspired by animals, people and events the author encountered in her activism for animals. Although she has been deeply disturbed by the magnitude of human cruelty toward these innocent beings, she has been just as deeply touched by the people who have bravely protested these injustices and who work relentlessly to make this world a kinder place. These are her heroes; the rebels, the bunny-huggers, those with the largest hearts and the softest souls. These poems honor them and the animals they serve.
It’s About A Dog
Oliver 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, sure to touch the hearts of all who read It’s About a Dog.
The Dog Thief and Other Stories
Kirkus Review: “A superb collection of stories
about the most elemental of bonds.”
Listed by Kirkus Review as
“one of the best indie books of 2015.”
The Dog Thief and Other Stories is a Don’t Miss book; it was released initially as a self-publishing venture, but we at Who Chains You have been lucky to bring this author into our collection! She’s received rave reviews from Kirkus, and believe us, that’s NOT easy to do.
Dog rescuers will recognize themselves in the stories, and observers of human nature will delight in the word pictures painted by Kearney.
Author Jill Kearney is an artist who lives with her husband and two dogs on an island in Puget Sound. She writes stories drawn from her experiences as an in-home care provider and a dog rescuer in the impoverished rural southwestern corner of Washington state. “I began writing almost as a compulsion,” she said. “I met people and animals and got into situations that just demanded to be described in story form.”
According to Kirkus Review, “Kearney’s impoverished, misfit, outcast characters live mainly on the fictional Sebequet Peninsula, which features a Native American reservation, ramshackle trailer parks and plywood cabins surrounded by trash and rusting metal. In this zone of squalor and despair, people’s connections with animals are, for many, their only links to life.
Kearney’s prose is elegant and unfussy, with threads of humor and lyricism. She has an excellent eye for settings and ear for dialogue, and she treats her characters, and their relationships with their pets, with a cleareyed, unsentimental sensitivity and psychological depth.”
Foster Doggie Insanity: Tips and Tales to Keep your Kool as a Doggie Foster Parent
Updated and Revised Edition of Scream Like Banshee
Do you struggle as a doggie foster parent, and feel like you’re the only one who finds it hard? Do you want to foster a dog, but don’t know where to start, how to prepare, and what to expect? If so, this is the book for you. Described by one reader as “an embrace from a friend who understands what we all go through. It is a beacon of hope to let other rescuers know that they are not alone. It is a must read for anyone involved in rescue.”
The image you see on the cover of this book is a staged shot, not ‘real’ life. It’s how Thayne wishes doggie foster parenting could be—she walks her tiny foster doggie down the street, the red leash matching Thayne’s designer pumps, her couture dress swaying with each sexy stride. And then once in awhile, oops, Princess and she get tangled in the leash. Goodness Gracious! But soon they’re back in sync again, swishing their way up the block, being envied by all those who wish they were as cute a couple as Thayne and her foster doggie are.
Ah!…but who is she kidding. That’s not her reality, and it’s probably not yours either. Fostering is not for wimps, cowards, or the otherwise mess-or-insanity-challenged. It’s hard and emotionally draining work, and there are days we all could use an understanding shoulder to cry on. There, there. Foster Doggie Insanity is here for you!
Praise for the first edition of this book, Scream Like Banshee: “I regularly buy books with a rescue theme but always felt a bit disappointed because there hasn’t been a book that portrayed my rescue experiences. So I wasn’t really prepared for Tamira Ci Thayne’s book. It is the most honest account of the perils and pitfalls as well as the joy and fulfillment that rescue volunteers face daily. The book was beautifully written and brutally honest… Thayne’s book feels like an embrace from a friend that understands what we all go through.”—Amy Snyder, Volunteer for Dachshund Rescue of North America
A Doggie Hero is Born
Romp through the wilds on a good old-fashioned adventure with pals Worthless, Sly Fox, and Otto. Worthless (as he’s called by his no-good captor) remains chained to his rickety old doghouse yet longs to be free and loved. His best friends step in and find a way to break his chains, and their quest for a new home takes off. Times get tough, but in the end will they win all the love they are searching for, and just maybe a new name for Worthless?
Written and illustrated by Rocky Shepheard, this Children’s Action/Adventure is full of both excitement and rich, magnificent illustrations to thrill your audience and teach a lesson in compassion and humane treatment of Man’s Best Friend.
Perfect for all kids, young and old, this story is a wonderful way to educate children at home or in schools.
“This book will lead readers of all ages to more fully understand the true nature of “man’s best friend” with a common-sense, compassionate approach that can change the world for the better.”–Dan Piraro, creator of “Bizarro”
Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues
In August 2010, one woman carried a doghouse to the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building and chained herself to it, seeking passage of a law protecting dogs from life at the end of a chain.
Not knowing if she’d be arrested, ignored, or ridiculed, she set aside her fears and acted on behalf of the voiceless: dogs—the most social of beings—whose needs have been overlooked by those with the power to create chain-ge for their future.
This is her story, and the story of the 54 days she and others spent chained at the bottom of the Capitol steps in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. May you be inspired, entertained, and educated about the needs of Man’s Best Friend, and how these needs continue to be negated in today’s society.
“Sleepy today and blaming Tamira Thayne! Okay not her in person, but her inspiring and heartfelt book, Capitol in Chains. I needed to study for a quiz tonight and NOT be up at 3:00 a.m. reading the rest of the book. I am in awe. THANK YOU and BLESS YOU.”—Stephanie S. Scott, Virginia
Second Edition. Includes Legislative updates, plus an 11-year History of Chain Off AND the Doghouse Wedding.
The Puppy Who Left Puddles on the Floor
Chance is a beagle puppy who is just like every other dog—he wants a home and a family to love him. When he loses his first home and is sent to the shelter, he is devastated—until he is adopted by a boy and his mother, and life seems like it will be good again.
But he has a little problem with leaving “puddles on the floor.” Without the proper training, he ends up in a horrible place—stuck at the end of a chain.
Like all dogs, he remains faithful to his family, and patiently waits for love to return.
A twist of fate sets him free to seek a better life. Will Chance finally find the loving inside home and family he deserves?
“I just received The Puppy Who Left Puddles On The Floor, and have read it three times. What an awesome educational tool this is! I AM IMPRESSED, and I encourage YOU to order multiple copies to distribute in your area.” —Pauline Larsen, Columnist, Humane Educator