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.

Join the Club at this Link:

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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.”

Buy on Amazon | Buy on Kindle | Buy from Createspace and $1 Will be Donated to Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue

spidersAbout the Author:

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.

Buy on Amazon | Buy on Kindle | Buy from Createspace and $1 Will be Donated to Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue

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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Bug Fetish or Phobia? Got a Pest Problem and Don’t Know Where to Turn? Now’s Your Chance to Save $1 on Our Latest Book During our Kindle Pre-Order Phase

bugmancover4loDo bugs make your skin crawl, or do you share Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund’s endless fascination with all things bug? In either case, you’ll want to jump in line to pick up his new book, Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund: My Path to the Bugman, with an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for Your Home and Garden, coming out February 17th, from Who Chains You Publishing.

Got a pest problem, and don’t know where to turn? Richard’s your man. Your Bugman, that is.

Right now we’re in our pre-order phase, which is available to Kindle Users ONLY. (Don’t worry, the paperback will be available on the 17th). And, to sweeten the deal, we’re taking $1 off during the advance sales period, so it’s available for the next week ONLY for just $3.79 in Kindle!

If you’re a Kindle reader, now’s your chance to save before the book goes live. Just order now, and the book will be delivered to your Kindle or other reading device on February 17th.

Interested? Here’s that pre-sale link for Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund: My Path to the Bugman, With an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for your Home and Garden again: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NC30SBZ?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

IMG_0027.JPGRichard 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.”

About the Author:

img_1622Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund spent years in the pest management business, and then 11 years 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 around the country.

Interested? $1 off All Kindle Sales for One Week ONLY. Here’s that pre-sale link for Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund: My Path to the Bugman, With an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for your Home and Garden again: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NC30SBZ?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

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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“A Dog’s Purpose” Shines a Spotlight on Chaining, and this Is Enough for Me to Consider it Forgiveness-Worthy

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

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If you’re an animal lover or rescuer, I’m sure you’ve heard by now of the uproar over the German Shepherd scene in the new movie “A Dog’s Purpose,” where a trainer is attempting to force the dog into the water when he obviously doesn’t want to go. This is spliced with another scene where the dog is swimming and goes under.

When I saw the footage I was appalled, and angry that a movie that was supposed to show the beauty of our relationship with dogs had, behind the scenes, treated one in so unforgivable a manner.

I joined those who condemned the footage (and by extension the movie), and I still believe rightly so. No dog should be treated as the shepherd was in that footage.

Peta called for a boycott of the movie, which—to be honest—only made we want to NOT BOYCOTT IT, because, well…Peta. In…

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Cold? Think About How Your Pets Feel If You’re Leaving Them Outside.

Don’t leave pets out in this cold! Please. Just don’t. Here are author Tamira Thayne’s latest observations about pets left out in the cold.

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I’ve been working for a delivery company since the end of November, and it affords me—for better or worse—a birds-eye view of the way my community in Virginia treats their companion animals, i.e. dogs and cats.

I’m blessed to have observed that about 95% of the dogs in my area live inside as part of the family, but I’ve been quite surprised by how many cats are left outside to fend for themselves.

I’m a bit appalled. Granted, I assume a percentage of these beautiful kitties are actually feral, and so making them a warm outside home is appropriate—but I’d wager the ones I’ve witnessed today and every day huddled against the front door are anything but feral.

Bring them in! They’re telling you what they want! Their communication couldn’t be any clearer.

I spent today—the coldest to date in winter 2016-17 (12 degrees this a.m., warming up to…

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Holiday Bullying around Food Choices Ends in Depression for Many Vegans and Vegetarians

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Author Tamira Thayne with her cat, Tuna

For many of us who choose not to eat animals, the holidays can turn into a special kind of hades, one beyond the normal ‘time spent with your crazy family’ insanity.

We often feel forced to choose between two less than stellar options: eat with our families, where odds are good we will be made fun of or put down for our beliefs—all while being forced to dine with a dead carcass smack dab in the middle of the table—or go it alone at the ‘happiest time of the year.’

Not great options.

When I first became a vegetarian fourteen years ago, I attended a seminar at one of the animal conferences about this very subject, and I remember clearly the speaker encouraging us not to hold ourselves separate from our families at the holidays. He reasoned that we could be an example for them and educate just by being ourselves, showing them we weren’t ‘crazy animal people’ and hopefully then they too will make more humane choices.

The advice made sense to me, even though it didn’t sound like fun. I really struggled with having to sit at the table with a turkey carcass and pretend like it didn’t affect me.

But I did it, and I pushed my personal feelings aside year after year. I’m here to report that I have not ‘won over’ a single family member, and remain the sole vegetarian/vegan in my family. (I eat about 85% vegan and 15% vegetarian meals.) I am married to a man who eats meat, and both of my children eat meat. Every member of my extended family on all sides eats meat.

I am truly alone in my choice.

And me putting my pain to the side and eating with them for years has not changed a single mind.

This year was particularly brutal for me, though, and may have forced me to reconsider following this gentleman’s advice, for my own emotional well-being.

If you too had a tough holiday season, I feel for you, and share your suffering.

If I end up unhappy and crying and/or seething with anger at a holiday ‘celebration’, is that really to anyone’s benefit? Is it to your benefit to end up the same way by forcing yourself to interact with people who don’t understand or support you?

I checked in with a few other vegans I know for their thoughts.

tearswerehumancoverloAuthor Heather Leughmyer told me her vegan family unit chose to eat only in the company of other vegans on Thanksgiving, and therefore there was no pain, no turmoil.

One of my Facebook friends drew her own line in the sand the other day with the following one-sentence post: “If you ate ham for Christmas, please unfriend me now.”

Her stand engendered the usual outpouring of “you’ll never win people over with this attitude” kind of responses; and maybe from a logical standpoint I can agree with them.

But our feelings are not always logical.

And maybe there comes a time when you have to take care of YOU, and YOU can no longer stomach the pain of hanging around those who believe animals are here for humans to use and abuse.

Subjecting yourself to bullying at the hands of loved-ones at the holidays—in some perhaps misguided effort to seem ‘normal’—isn’t healthy, and often leads to depression and feelings of isolation.

No one deserves to suffer for the simple act of making a humane choice with their eating habits.

At a time when bullying is at an all-time high in America, family members who tend to be bombastic by nature are feeling more empowered, and are apt to make easy targets of vegetarian and vegan family members.

I experienced this targeting while dining with extended family this year. The two women in the family went out of their way to make me special vegan food, which I didn’t expect but greatly appreciated. I was deeply touched by their kindness.

But the husband, who had coincidentally voted for Trump, went out of his way to put me down. First he told my son a ‘joke’ about vegetarians, supposedly behind my back, but making sure that I heard him. I felt belittled and shamed, and managed not to cry only by pushing my feelings down. And having another drink.

Then he told me if I didn’t want to be the only vegetarian at the table I should start eating meat again.

By this time I’d had enough. We had words, and then the whole family finished their dinners in awkward silence.

I won’t go back.

If forcing yourself to be with family only results in you feeling more pain, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to make yourself more important next year. Take Heather’s advice, find a new family of vegans to spend the holidays with, or go it alone.

Sometimes being alone isn’t lonely. It’s peaceful, healing, and calm.

I think that’s what I’ll be doing next year.

—Tamira Ci Thayne

Tamira is the founder of Who Chains You Books, and the author of Foster Doggie Insanity and Capitol in Chains. She is an animal activist and ordained minister, best-known as the pioneer of the anti-tethering movement in America. Tamira founded and ran Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit advocating for chained dogs, from 2002-2015.