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

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

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“That’s all for now. You can learn more about Susie’s happily-ever-after by reading my blog, The Returned. Click on Susie’s Story. Thanks for listening.”

Anna closed her podcaster app and put the microphone down. She and Molly had been best friends since second grade, and now the two girls run a blog and podcast called The Returned, which helps returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With three successful adoptions under their belts, the girls are preparing for their next adoption mission. When Chewy, a yellow labrador, is dropped at the shelter, Anna and Molly become determined to find her a happily-ever-after of her very own.

In the meantime, Anna is struggling with her dad’s distant behavior. When Chewy’s blog is posted, Anna discovers that someone is threatening her family. Will Anna find out who is behind the threat? Will Chewy find the forever home she deserves? Find out in this first installment of The Returned: Chewy’s Story.

Perfect for ages 10-14 (and up!), and grades 4-8. The series makes an excellent humane education tool, too, for nonprofits and humane educators.

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About the Author

samanthariggiauthorphotoSamantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She’s the author of The Returned: Chewy’s Story, Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reece: Fourth Grade Hero.

Did you know that we sell books at wholesale to humane educators as well as nonprofits? Visit our humane education page to learn more.

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Last Chance to Get Your Animal Rescue Tale into our Upcoming “More Rescue Smiles” Book!

MoreRScover18loOur FIRM deadline for story submissions for More Rescue Smiles is upon us, and it’s June 15th! Get us your rescue tale of ANY animal (except for dogs, we have plenty of those!) ASAP for a chance to get your story in the book.

Folks have loved the first book in our animal rescue series—the award-winning Rescue Smiles—so don’t miss your chance to have YOUR story touch hearts and lives through our second book—More Rescue Smiles, edited once again by Heather Leughmyer and Tamira Thayne.

Got a particularly-winning photo of your baby, too? Maybe you can even claim the cover photo spot!

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 was pleased to offer a look into the emotional lives of rescuers and the living beings they hold dear. Readers joined us for the heartwarming anecdotes, as Cinnamon stole Spice’s puppies, Alice stole everyone’s shoes, and a host of other animals conspired to steal our hearts.

You got a behind-the-scenes peek into the relationships between rescuers and not only dogs and cats, but horses, goats, pigs, rats, mice, and birds, in this delightful first installment of Rescue Smiles, available in audio, paperback, and kindle.

Now we’re following up that success with More Rescue Smiles, and we want to include your stories! Every animal is invited inside our pages, from dogs to cats to chickens to rats—and of course every wild animal who calls our fields and woods home.

Stories between 1000-3000 words will be accepted, and we are taking submissions through June 15, 2018. So what are you waiting for? Send us along your entry today.

Submit your stories through our form here: http://whochainsyou.com/mystoryform.html

Got more than one story? Up to three submissions will be considered.

Got more questions? Drop us a line at info@whochainsyou.com, and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Happy Writing! We can’t wait to meet your rescue friends.

Our Authors & Their Animal Families: Samantha Riggi and Saki, a Katrina Dog

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Saki’s Story

Samantha Riggi

IMG_0261I grew up having pets and have always been an animal lover.  My husband and I married in July of 2005, and were living in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago.

We had just bought our first place—a loft in an old globe factory with high ceilings, exposed brick and a fabulous view of the skyline.

In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Prior to the hurricane, we had talked about getting a dog and had heard about a no-kill rescue called PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago.

We loved the message that PAWS sent about no-kill communities, and we knew we wanted to go through their organization to adopt. PAWS was a huge part of the rescue efforts after Katrina, and that is how our first dog made her way to Chicago.  

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When we first brought Saki (aka Wilma) home, she was nervous about everything!  Being a Hurricane Katrina survivor, she’d had a traumatic start to life, so it was understandable. She didn’t want to get in the car or the elevator, she was scared by someone pushing a stroller down the street, and she often peed on the floor when friends stopped by.

The first time we left her in her crate with a brand new fluffy bed, we came home to find it completely gutted, and the crate filled with stuffing.

Saki was truly our first “baby” though, and we didn’t mind helping her overcome her fears.  We planned our weekends around trips to the dog park and walks in our neighborhood. We spent our evenings watching movies with her on the couch and even brought her on vacation with us. Saki became a regular at doggy daycare when we went to work, and quickly made friends with other dogs in our building. Slowly, her fears became less and less—though she steadfastly refused to go out onto our fourth floor balcony.

FullSizeRender (2)Since then, our family has grown and Saki has grown right along with our changing family dynamic.  We now live in the suburbs, and have three young kids who love her very much.

Saki has contributed to our lives in so many ways. As newlyweds, adopting Saki helped us feel like a family. As young parents, she has helped our kids learn how to care for others, become responsible pet guardians, and experience unconditional love.

The questions our kids ask about Saki’s history have allowed for many teachable moments regarding shelter animals, puppy mills, poverty, natural disasters and more. As a teacher, I enjoy the interest my children show in learning about her history, rescue groups, and doing right by animals.

FullSizeRenderSaki has given us the tools to teach them about compassion for animals, and to help those who can’t speak for themselves.

It’s hard to pick one moment or memory, but some of our favorite things to do with Saki are to take what we call “family walks” around the neighborhood.  Saki shows her appreciation when we return home with a lap around the house and the signal that she wants a dental bone.

Her signal is a “subtle” nudge with her nose, some leaps towards the kitchen and a long howl until she gets the bone.  Another favorite, and daily moment with Saki, is when she makes the rounds with us each night as we tuck the kids into bed. She joins us in each of their rooms until they’re settled in with lights off and we’re ready to close the door.

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Often times when we leave the house without Saki, I come home to find one of the kid’s stuffed animals has been carefully brought downstairs from their room and left on the living room floor. And every night Saki follows us upstairs when it’s time for bed, snuggles into her bed and snores lightly.

Saki truly is a member of our family and we’re so happy that she’s a part of our lives.  We believe in PAWS and their mission to have no-kill communities. We love the fact that PAWS helps people in low income neighborhoods experience the joy of pet guardianship, as well as all the events that families can participate in to support PAWS.

bravoscoverlo-dropMy dream for the future would be to someday be part of a no-kill world, with all animal shelters following that philosophy. Pets really are worth saving!

About Samantha:

Samantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She is the author of Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reese: Fourth Grade Hero.

The author is available for school visits, author signings, and interviews. She can be reached at skriggi@gmail.com.

Bravo’s Freedom is available from Who Chains You Books in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook.

Fundraising with Books: for our Animal Non-Profit Friends

To our Animal Nonprofit Friends:

Do you set up educational booths to promote your message for the animals? If so, our books (and our wholesale pricing for non-profits) will help you spread not only your message of compassion for all living beings, but also raise funds for your cause—which we know is crucial to keeping your nonprofit afloat.

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We offer wholesale pricing of only $6.50 per book (with FREE Shipping for U.S. Nonprofits), mix and match, to nonprofits and independent bookstores—and every book is available for the program. There is a 10 book minimum order, after that the sky’s the limit!

To check out our non-profit pricing and order form, visit this link: http://whochainsyou.com/nonprofitorder.html

happydogloWho Chains You Books sells and promotes only books by and for animal lovers, rescuers, and activists. We offer titles for both children and adults, in topics ranging from dog chaining, to shelter rescue, to thought-provoking poetry, to tales of hero pets and the folks who save them.

We also feature an educational coloring book, illustrating all the ways children can get active for chained dogs. To learn more about our Happy Dog Coloring Books, visit this link: http://whochainsyou.com/happydog.html

P.S. Did you know we’re seeking story submissions of 1000-3000 words for our award-winning Rescue Smiles series? We’d love to feature one of your happy ending rescue stories!

MoreRScover18loYour participation raises awareness for your organization, your mission, and provides you with another fundraising avenue. Find out all the details to submit your story at this link. https://whochainsyou.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/does-your-animal-rescue-story-deserve-to-be-in-a-book-nows-your-chance/

We hope to hear from you soon, and as always, thank YOU for helping our animals friends. We know the work is hard, and we are grateful for all you’ve done for our four-legged, two-legged, furred and feathered friends.

Tamira Thayne
Publisher, Who Chains You Books

http://www.whochainsyou.com

Does Your Animal Rescue Story Deserve To Be in a Book? Now’s Your Chance!

MoreRScover18loFolks have loved the first book in our animal rescue series—the award-winning Rescue Smiles—so don’t miss your chance to have YOUR story touch hearts and lives through our second book—More Rescue Smiles, edited once again by Heather Leughmyer and Tamira Thayne.

Got a particularly-winning photo of your baby, too? Maybe you can even claim the cover photo spot!

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 was pleased to offer a look into the emotional lives of rescuers and the living beings they hold dear. Readers joined us for the heartwarming anecdotes, as Cinnamon stole Spice’s puppies, Alice stole everyone’s shoes, and a host of other animals conspired to steal our hearts.

You got a behind-the-scenes peek into the relationships between rescuers and not only dogs and cats, but horses, goats, pigs, rats, mice, and birds, in this delightful first installment of Rescue Smiles, available in audio, paperback, and kindle.

Now we’re following up that success with More Rescue Smiles, and we want to include your stories! Every animal is invited inside our pages, from dogs to cats to chickens to rats—and of course every wild animal who calls our fields and woods home.

Stories between 1000-3000 words will be accepted, and we are taking submissions through May 1, 2018. So what are you waiting for? Send us along your entry today.

Submit your stories through our form here: http://whochainsyou.com/mystoryform.html

Got more than one story? Up to three submissions will be considered.

Got more questions? Drop us a line at info@whochainsyou.com, and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Happy Writing! We can’t wait to meet your rescue friends.

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Our Maxwell Award for “Rescue Smiles” Arrived Today!

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You know how it is when you win your first award…you wait and wait for it to come in the mail, tell yourself it’s not a big deal, know it probably doesn’t matter to anyone but you, anyway…

Yet you still just can’t wait.

That was us, waiting for our Maxwell Award to come for Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation, which took the award for Best Book: Human/Animal Bond.

Because to us it DOES mean something. As a small publisher—only 1.5 years into our efforts to put out books by and for animal lovers, activists, and rescuers—every small milestone counts.

Our first award tells us our work CAN make a difference, CAN bring awareness for animals and those who love them and work on their behalf.

It brings us hope, and the will to keep going.

And for that we are extremely grateful.

So thank you, Maxwell Award, and those at the Dog Writers Association of America for reading our book and giving the nod to our efforts.

Thanks to our editors, Heather Leughmyer and Tamira Thayne, who pulled stories together for the book, and are already in the planning stages for our second one, More Rescue Smiles.

And most of all thanks to our story authors for trusting us with your tales and letting us share them with the world.

The book is available in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook, at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Smiles-Favorite-Stories-Liberation/dp/1946044105/

We hope you’ll read it, enjoy it, and pass it along.

Want to submit your own rescue story for More Rescue Smiles? We’d love to see it! Submit here: http://whochainsyou.com/mystoryform.html

Who Chains You Books Receives Two Nominations in the Dog Writers Association of America 2017 Writing Competition

Color us excited to announce that our publishing company, Who Chains You Books, has two nominations for our titles in the Dog Writers Association of America 2017 Writing Competition.

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In the Rescue or Adoption Books Category, author Laura Koerber’s I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue received our first nomination.

The book chronicles the story of not only one rescued dog, Daisy, but all 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.

I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook. Learn more at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Once-Was-Lost-But-Found/dp/194604413X/

rescuesmilescoverloOur second nomination came in the Human/Animal Bond category, where Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation received a favorable nod as well.

The book is edited by Heather Leughmyer and Tamira Thayne, and offers a look into the emotional lives of rescuers and the living beings they hold dear. Join us for the heartwarming anecdotes, as Cinnamon steals Spice’s puppies, Alice steals everyone’s shoes, and a host of other animals conspire to steal our hearts.

Through these tales, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek into the relationships between rescuers and not only dogs and cats, but horses, goats, pigs, rats, mice, and birds, in this delightful first installment of Rescue Smiles.We hope you’re as captivated by the kinship between human and animal as we are.

With contributions by: Laura Koerber, Tamira Thayne, Reg Green, Heather Leughmyer, Joe Maringo, Patti Lawson, Sarah Barnett, Barb Michael, Sunny Aris, Christopher Barnekov, Gayla Evans, Andee Bingham, Rachel Ogden, Melody Whitworth, and Liz Woloski.

The book is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook. Learn more at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Smiles-Favorite-Stories-Liberation/dp/1946044105/

We’re extremely honored and grateful to be nominated, and we wish all the nominees in all categories the best of luck. Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of our beloved companion animals!

“I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue” Now Available in Audio, with its own Book Trailer, Too!

lostcover-audioloFor those who enjoy listening to books on audio while commuting to work or traveling, we’ve got a great new selection for you: I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue.

The book is written by author Laura Koerber, with audiobook narration by Kelly Libatique.

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.

Interested? Watch the Book Trailer for “I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue” by Laura Koerber. Audiobook Narration by Kelly Libatique. Available in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook from this link: https://www.amazon.com/Once-Was-Lost-But-Found/dp/194604413X/

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/F3eAbE5OUSE

Buy on Amazon | Buy on Kindle | Buy from Createspace and $1 Will be Donated to our Charity of the Year | Buy Audiobook | Watch Book Trailer

About the Author

Laura Koerber is an artist and writer who lives on an island with her husband and her two dogs. Her first book, The Dog Thief and Other Stories (written as Jill Kearney), was listed by Kirkus Review as one of the Hundred Best Books of 2015. She’s also the author of The Listener’s Tale, I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found, Limbo, and the upcoming The Shapeshifter’s Tale. She is a contributing author to Rescue Smiles.

About the Narrator

Kelly Libatique began his career in the high-tech and telecom industries in the early ’90s as a technical writer and trainer. Since then, he has done training, speaking, marketing, and representing around the country for some of the biggest players in the corporate world, including Sony Electronics, Cisco Systems, and Verizon Wireless.

Kelly has been a theatre performer since grade school still regularly performs as an actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer. Although he does camera and commercial acting from time to time, he found his true love to be voice-over.

Kelly holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Education and resides in the San Francisco East Bay area. Check out all his work at his website: https://www.klvoice.com/

It’s Here! Rescue Smiles: Favorite Animal Stories of Love and Liberation is Now Available

You can color us excited…Rescue Smiles is HERE!

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 installment of Rescue Smiles.

We hope you’re as captivated by the kinship between human and animal as we are. With contributions by: Laura Koerber, Tamira Thayne, Reg Green, Heather Leughmyer, Joe Maringo, Patti Lawson, Sarah Barnett, Barb Michael, Sunny Aris, Christopher Barnekov, Gayla Evans, Kat Soul, Rachel Ogden, Melody Whitworth, and Liz Woloski.

Buy on Amazon | Buy on Kindle | Buy from Createspace and $1 Will be Donated to our Charity of the Year, Unchained Melodies

The book is available wholesale for animal rescue nonprofits and independent bookstores. Visit our wholesale page to learn more and place your order today.

Ding Ding! Adopting Adele is our First Book Available on Audiobook, and is Read by Tiffany Marz

adoptingadelecoverloAdopting Adele has been a smash hit—well, for Who Chains You of course! (Not in comparison to the big publishers, eh-hem…)

And, the book is also OUR FIRST TO HIT THE AUDIOBOOK MARKET, making the little rat that could a two-time winner for us and for author Heather Leughmyer.

Here’s just one of the wonderful reviews the book has already received on Amazon:

“An author-illustrator combo to watch out for! This surprised me because I expected to be bored or mildly amused, but turns out I was impressed both by the story and the illustrations, which were perfectly appropriate for the text. I am way outside the age group for this, but I think kids will enjoy it. Highly recommended.”—Kelly

tiffanymarzThe audioversion of Adopting Adele is read by voice actor, singer, and actress Tiffany Marz from Philadelphia.

You can listen to a small sample of the audio right from the book page on Amazon, below.

And remember, the book is also available in paperback, Kindle, and KindleUnlimited.

We bet kids would love to look at the photos on the paperback while listening to the audio version of the same story! Fun.

It’s currently available on Amazon Audible for only $3.46, and you can get it FREE by signing up for the trial version of Audible if you’ve never tried it yet. A win/win!

About the Book:

In a shelter Adele lingered in a cage made of glass, where she patiently waited as people walked past. With delicate ears she listened each day, to the mewing of kittens and puppies at play. Curiously twitching her pretty pink nose, she sat groomed to perfection from whiskers to toes. Her tiny eyes glistened like two glossy stones, yet still, sweet Adele would remain all alone.

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

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

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