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 twelve animal-related children’s books. We even have our own ghost story now! We feature over 50 animal-related books through the spring of 2019. Our hope is that this is just the beginning.
Who Chains You Publishing pledges to support charity efforts for animals with a year-end donation. For 2019, we will donate a portion of our proceeds to those charities who participate in our Nonprofit Wholesale Program with the purchase of 30 books or more throughout the year. For those in the animal nonprofit community this is an added bonus, as our books make great fundraising and educational tools for those speaking out for the animals. Visit our nonprofit fundraising page to learn more.
Do you represent a humane education group, other nonprofit, or independent bookstore? If you’d like to order our books in bulk to sell to benefit your organization, please visit our nonprofit (and book store) wholesale page at http://whochainsyou.com/nonprofitorder.html or contact us at email@example.com.
The Returned: Rocky’s Story, Book Two
By Samantha K. Riggi
Anna and her best friend Molly run a blog and podcast called The Returned, helping returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.
With four successful adoptions through their program, the girls discuss choosing their next dog to feature. Unbeknownst to Anna and Molly, their mission will find them—in the form of a chained dog named Rocky.
Rocky is a pit bull mix who is forgotten in the summer heat in an overgrown backyard next door to the town library. When the girls and their friend Erin stumble across Rocky and his dilemma, they are faced with moral and ethical decisions.
How can they free the dog from a bad situation and get him into a loving home?
In the meantime, they discover a local family has been living homeless, and they too are in need of assistance. Will Anna, Molly, and Erin find a way to work through the challenges to find a happy ending for both Rocky and a family in need? Find out in this second installment of The Returned: Rocky’s Story.
Perfect for ages 10 and up and grades 4-8, the series also makes an excellent humane education tool for nonprofits and humane educators.
Fiona Finds Love
By Rhonda Lucas Donald
Illustrated by Erin Nielson
They call me the trash cat. But my name is Fiona.
That’s what my family used to call me before they moved away. “She’ll be fine,” they said. “She’s a cat, after all.”
Now I’m on my own.
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?
Fiona Finds Love dispels the myth that cats can fend for themselves and ought to be outside. Cats deserve our love and care—and have so much of both to give back. The book is perfect for early readers from age 5 and up, and works great in the classroom and as part of humane education efforts, too.
Hachi and Friends
By Anastasia Ormeron
Illustrated by Chiara Intropido
If you happen to be passing through Shibuya Railway Station, in the chaotic heart of Tokyo, you are certain to come across a small bronze statue of a dog.
This is Hachi-kò, the ‘Loyal Akita Inu of Japan’, who waited faithfully at that exact spot for almost ten years in the hope of his master’s return.
Shibuya Station is a focal point in this delightful tale combining fact and fiction, and every afternoon our hero unfailingly meets the incoming three o’clock train, seeking the one familiar face which means so much to him—that of Master Ueno.
A mysterious kidnapping sets Hachi and friends on a trail that twists and turns through the Tokyo of the 1920s, and Hachi comes face to face with his worst fear. Will he overcome it to win the day?
You’ll meet some of Hachi’s many human and animal friends, including Maro, the vagabond mixed breed who is proud to live as a street dog, Goro, who was abandoned as a puppy outside the police station and now acts as police dog, and Debbie, Hachi’s special fox terrier friend who lives next door.
This illustrated story for ages 9 and up is dedicated to Hachi, on his eighty-fourth Memorial Anniversary.
Ouzo the Greek: A Year in
the Life of a Greek Rescue Dog
By Lisa Edwards
After being hit by a car and left for dead on the streets of Greece, I was rescued by my heroine and first love, Ermioni. With broken bones and open wounds so severe my flesh was beginning to rot, the only option was to amputate my leg.
Ermioni nursed me back to health and I lived for a time at the Diasozo Animal Rescue shelter. However, I was becoming depressed, as the healthier dogs were pushing me out of the way when there was food to be had.
My guardian angel continued to look out for me and share my story on social media all around the world, until one day I found my very own Mama and Papa, in little old England.
And this is where my story begins.
Clarabelle Comes Clean
By Timothy J. Verret
Illustrated by April Pedersen
Clarabelle Pig was drinking from the school water fountain when Barrett Frog hopped in front of her, blocking her. He stood with Andrea Fox and Ferdinand Rabbit, all laughing.
“Pigs shouldn’t drink out of fountains!” said Barrett, leaping and chuckling.
“They’re too dirty,” Andrea said, wrapping her gorgeous tail around her neck.
“Oink, oink, stinky piggy!” chimed in Ferdinand, holding his whiskered nose.
Clarabelle shook her head and stomped off to her next class. “I’m so tired of those meanies saying pigs are muddy and smelly,” she thought. “I’m gonna prove them wrong, once and for all.”
Find out how Clarabelle stops the hurtful name-calling in its tracks in Clarabelle Comes Clean, a wonderful addition to humane education classwork and lessons in bullying and societal stereotyping. The book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and the illustrations keep the attention of younger students too in parental, library, and classroom read-alongs.
Tiffany Rolls On
By Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Rhonda Van
Meet tiny Tiffany and her big personality in this touching story of compassion, determination, and triumph. Readers will discover the dark and dank place (a puppy mill) where Tiffany began her life, and experience her rescue and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Yet even after her rescue Tiffany struggles to play like the other dogs, due to her injuries and weak legs. With the help of her foster mom Ashley, Tiffany gains strength in both body and spirit while she waits for her adoptive family.
Tiffany discovers independence and positivity when she gets a wheelchair that allows her to run and play like the other dogs.
Tiffany Rolls On promotes perspective building and empathy for others, while also supporting conversations about both animal welfare and the fact that our commonalities outweigh our differences. Perfect for ages 4 and up, Tiffany’s story can be useful in a variety of humane-themed lessons, including discussions about disabilities, animal welfare, adoption, and companion animal care.
Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away
By Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by Rhonda Van
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? he wondered. Maybe he could be the one to remind them.
Spittin’ had never been around people before, but—pushing his fear aside—he bravely left the den in search of help. When he reached the other side of the barn, he jumped back in shock. In front of him splayed out a whole big world he’d never known existed!
Soon Spittin’ finds himself on an unexpected adventure—he flies through the air, scrambles for a hiding place, and even takes an unexpected ride in the engine of a car. Where will the little kitten end up, and will he get help for his family?
Find out in Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, perfect for ages 7 and up. The book also features vocab builders throughout the story, and excels as part of a humane education curriculum.
The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam
By Dale Seddon
“I was born,” he began, “by a dumpster at noon,
In a broken down doghouse with only one room,
With only one window we used as a door,
With rats in the rafters and mud on the floor.”
Raised by a single parent, the outlaw collie Sam and his seven siblings run wild and free, feasting on castaway food in garbage cans and chasing after humans to scare them, all for the fun of it. Then one day disaster strikes. Sam and his brothers and sisters mistakenly frighten the wrong human. The Catchers arrive at the dilapidated doghouse in the middle of the night, guns in hand. Sam is wounded. But he manages to escape.
The next day, Sam is found by a Keeper, a kind human who takes the dog home and sets about training him.
“He healed my wound and he purchased a tag.
I trained to the collar and re-learned to wag.
It wasn’t all easy. Oh no, to be sure.
I yearned for the smell of the pack and the poor.
I longed for my snout in the wind and the fun,
For the thrill of the free in the rush of the run.
But slowly I learned that I had to obey.
The Keeper was mine if I wanted to stay.”
The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam is so far outside the box that it’s difficult to label as anything but absolutely unique. Part poem, part fantasy, part courtroom drama, and part—a very large part—the true story of the real outlaw collie Sam, a Heinz-57 variety mongrel dog whose life and adventures were the inspiration for the story.
The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam and its companion story about the real Sam are both captivating tales. The story of the trial itself is beautifully told. It bounces along in an almost musical fashion—especially when the narrative poem describing it is read aloud. It provides an intimate glimpse into how “guilt” or “innocence” is established for our animal friends.
And the story about the real outlaw collie Sam? Well, that is worth reading too, if for no other reason than to avoid making the same mistakes that the author did when Sam chose him to be his Keeper.
The Eclipse Dancer
By Laura Koerber
Andy thought of flying. She imagined the air under her arms, her hair lifting and floating. She felt her heartbeat separate from the faraway beat and form its own rhythm: light, quick, a dancing thrum. When she opened her eyes, her yard was dusky and her mood had lightened.
She let her gaze drift across the darkening landscape. Andy’s heart filled with exultation. She raised her arms, fanned out her fingers, and arched her feet until she was on her toes.
She was assaulted by memories. Her mother was dying, and Danny had been dead for years. Her daughter was in Minneapolis, and Alana was up in the North Woods someplace. All of her childhood friends—the fairies, Hairy, Mr. Tolliver, and Kenshi—were gone.
Is it true that childhood is never overcome? “I have changed,” she whispered.
The light exploded into a ring of fire in a black sky: total eclipse.
She gently rose up into the warm, dark air and began to dance.
A Peaceful Place: Paintings & Inspirations in the Language of Labradors
By Dina Marie
Immerse yourself in the beauty of artist Dina Marie’s paintings—depictions steeped in the universal language and love of Labrador retrievers. Each of Dina’s works is unique; some bring a smile, some a touch of whimsy, yet all inspire us to reach higher, love more, and affirm our most meaningful paths to the spirit within ourselves.
Dina pairs each piece with the inspiration behind the painting, offering reflections on the deepest bonds we hold with one another and the world in which we live.
These lovingly-crafted books make an excellent gift to yourself or the Labrador aficionado in your life, and encourage a sense of peace and kindness that we often miss in our day to day lives. We hope you’ll be as touched and intrigued by Dina’s paintings and inspirations in the language of Labradors as we are.
By Heather Leughmyer
Illustrated by April Pedersen
Sweet little Dandelion lived all alone; her bed was a barrel, her companion, a bone. The soft green grass had been slowly replaced; leaving dirt behind in the path that she paced.
In the daytime she’d wait while she watched passing cars. In the darkness she’d wish on all of the stars. In the winter she’d shiver; no escape from the cold. With no shield from the sun, summers got old.
There was only one thing that brought Dandelion joy: a redheaded, freckle-faced, 8-year-old boy…
Could a little boy be Dandelion’s hero? Find out in this lyrical rhyming story from author Heather Leughmyer, part of her Kindness to Animals Series. Perfect for ages 5 and up, and excellent for both humane education and library and family story time.
A Tail of Two Christmases
By Darla Purgason
Illustrated by April Pedersen
Twas the Eve before Christmas
And all through the condo
Not a soul was stirring,
But a kitten named Mambo.
He was prowling and meowing
And licking his fur.
He needed a present—
A gift from him to her.
See, Mambo was rescued
By this kind-hearted soul;
And he wanted to give back
To make his heart whole…
But what gift can a rescue kitty like Mambo give to the angel who brought him in from the cold? Find out in this delightfully-rhyming children’s tale about a prancing kitten, his friend Clancy the dog, and the animal lover who shared her all with them.
Doodle Bug’s Second Chance
Written by Brandy Herr
Illustrated by Tamira Thayne
Doodle Bug huddled with her sisters on the cold concrete floor. They didn’t know where they were, but they knew they weren’t at home.
“Why are we here?” Doodle Bug whimpered. “Don’t they want us anymore?”
Suddenly, the light in the hallway changed as the front door opened. Doodle Bug and her sisters crammed their faces against the chain link of the kennel, desperate to see what was happening. A woman with kind eyes stopped in front of their cage, smiling sweetly down at the three sisters. Their tails began to thump…
Will Doodle Bug and her sisters get the happily-ever-after they hope for? Find out in Doodle Bug’s Second Chance, Vol. 3 of The Second Chance Series.
More Rescue Smiles: Best-Loved Animal Tales of Resilience and Redemption
Edited by 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 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.
Muffin’s Shadow: A Muffin “Tail”
Written by Laura W. Eckroat
Illustrated by Greg White
Muffin was enjoying the peace and quiet of her yard when Mom and Dad excitedly called out to her. “Muffin, let’s go for a ride!” The little family drove and drove for what seemed like years of Muffin’s doggie life. Where were they taking her?
When Dad pulled into the parking lot, Muffin became a little nervous, because this was somewhere new. The smells were not familiar: peanut butter, apple, stuffed doggie toys . . . but other funky smells too. The place was big, like a giant maze, and her eyes hadn’t adjusted to the bright lights.
Then suddenly, she saw it, for the very first time . . . her SHADOW!
It seemed to follow her everywhere. She kept moving, but the shadow haunted her. What was the shadow, and will Muffin get free of it? Read along with Muffin’s Shadow: A Muffin “Tail” to find out more. Just right for ages 5-8, the book is wonderful for classroom and humane education, too.
“Laura Eckroat wrote the perfect book to teach our children about the joy and love that comes from pet adoption. Muffin’s Shadow will take young readers on an enjoyable journey that is full of fun and wonder.”—Jamie Dougherty, Founder of Offleashapparel.com
The Knight’s Chain: A Chained Gods Series Story, Vol 1.5
Written by Tamira Thayne
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.
What mattered most to him was that any of his captors—the men in black—who crossed his path would die.
Simple as that.
His mind may have been jumbled, with memories of the past escaping him—but he knew one thing for sure: he was more than this beast on a chain.
Knew he was born for greater things, knew he mattered somewhere; if only he could get back to wherever, whatever, whenever that was.
For now, he would wait…
The Knight’s Chain, a short story, precedes The Curse of Cur (forthcoming), and can be read before Book 2 of The Chained Gods Series or after to flesh out the character of the Knight.
The Returned: Chewy’s Story, Book One
Written by Samantha K. Riggi
“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 ran 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.
Slow Moe: A Snail Tale
Written and Illustrated by April Pedersen
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.
Soon upward movement caught his gaze: a group of snails was creeping up a nearby pipe towards the ceiling! “Crawl onto my shell and we’ll get you out of here,” a young snail in the rear shouted.
Moe decided he wanted life to be an adventure, so he latched on for parts unknown…and ended up on a journey much bigger than one little snail could imagine.
Will Moe find a safe, loving—and most of all—fun place to call his own? Find out in Slow Moe: A Snail Tale, written and illustrated by April Pedersen. This small book full of big heart is perfect for the classroom, humane education work, and family reading time for children 6 and up.
Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament
By Tamira Thayne
Illustrated by C.A. Wulff
It 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.
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