OK, don’t answer that! We know there are plenty of people out there who don’t love Man’s Best Friend, but today is all about celebrating our furry friends, so join us in saying THANK YOU to our pups for bringing us so much joy and comfort throughout our lifetimes.
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Happy National and International Dog Day to animal lovers and their companions everywhere.
My limbs felt heavy as the dog and I plodded up the hill, like gravity had doubled its pressure and forgotten to notify me in advance. I fought the unseen forces that held me tightly to the earth, my legs barely clearing the ground as I slogged my way toward home.
The drizzle of rain was appropriate, even soothing. At least it matched my mood.
I noted without much interest that I seemed incapable of walking at a normal speed, that the grief manifested itself in physical ways, too.
It wasn’t just all in my head.
Tuna had been gone a week now, and I was no nearer to moving past the intense mourning than I was the day he left me. In fact, I felt worse. I got out of bed, but only because I had other animals…
Have you checked out #kindlevella yet? It’s a fun way to read, as authors put out “episodes” weekly and you can check up on all your favorite stories when each new installment comes out.
I’m doing one on, what else, a chained dog who has to make his way to freedom. If you haven’t started the story yet, the first three episodes are free, and then the others cost very little per episode. Imagine….Life on a Chain is in its tenth episode, and here’s a teaser for episodes 9 and 10.
Episode Nine: A Ride to Nowhere
Lost and Lonely
Imagine spent the night miserable and alone, curled in a ball next to an old tree. Every unfamiliar noise spooked him and his mind spun, going over and over the moment Mom fell. He could feel the bugs taking up residence in…
Kindle Vella is here! What is Kindle Vella? Short stories that are produced an episode at a time. When one of our authors writes one, we’ll share the links with you.
The first three episodes are always free. After that, Imagine…Life on a Chain by Tamira Thayne will cost mere pennies per episode! A new episode will come out every Thursday until the short story is done. And it WILL have a happy ending…because Imagine deserves that.
There are currently six episodes, with the seventh due to come out tomorrow.
The story is written for adults, but could be read by ages 12 and up.
In the year 2020, the worst global disaster in our lifetimes forced humans into confinement against their wishes. They didn’t deal with it well. They fought wearing masks, proven to save lives. Fought any perceived restrictions on their freedom.
One could argue that for the first time ever, humans at large got a small taste of what life is like for a dog on a chain. Dogs like Imagine, who couldn’t speak for himself. If only the humans knew what he was capable of…
Here’s a small taste of Episode One:
Imagine…Life on a Chain
In the year 2020, the worst global disaster in our lifetimes forced humans into confinement against their wishes.
They didn’t deal with it well.
Doctors and scientists tried to educate the people, convince them it was for the greater good, and yet—even when faced with the very real possibility of death for stepping outside their doors—humans still did so in large numbers.
They fought wearing masks, proven to save lives.
Fought any perceived restrictions on their freedom.
One could argue that for the first time ever, humans at large got a small taste of what is a daily reality for a dog on a chain.
Dogs like Imagine, who couldn’t speak for himself…
…had no voice to say “no more.”
Shame, too. If only the humans had known what he was capable of, they may not have cast him aside so casually…
Based on a true story, Imagine could be any dog living a confined existence in America today. Each of these dogs is worthy, capable, and deserving of a home and loving family of their own.
And, yes, dare we say, freedom.
A Weird Smell
The dog awoke, feeling more uncomfortable than usual—which was saying something, given that he was chained to a dilapidated box the size of a grocery cart.
The world seemed off, the neighborhood quiet, even the woods behind him hushed . . . like everything waited . . .
He shifted uneasily, sniffed the air.
It was warm for March; the sun was just peeking over the far-off mountains, and he shivered as he crawled out of his doghouse to meet the dawn, memory of the recent cold snap making his bones ache.
He supposed he should be grateful for the promise of a warm day. As he slid into middle age, the winter months seemed longer and more unbearable with each passing year.
He shook his fur out the best he could, hoping for a little more insulation until the temperatures rose a few degrees.
He was a mutt, like so many of the forgotten. His fur was thick but on the shorter side, and his black and tan markings made him unremarkable. His floppy ears bespoke a Labrador heritage, while his coloring hinted at shepherd in the mix.
Post on the tenth anniversary of the purchase of Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound by an animal rescue group. The book about the next four years was written by author Tamira Thayne, and can be purchased from our site or any online vendor.
At the age of 57, I often feel like I exist in a state of bewilderment. I vowed never to be as out of it as my mother was, but now I realize that’s not as easy as it seems when you’re in your mid-30s. Poor Mom had no idea of current fashion, trends, slang, or, God forbid, the internet.
I remember when a lesbian couple moved in down the street from her. She called them “The Sisters,” while whispering to me that she knew they weren’t actually sisters, but she felt too uncomfortable with the truth, so “The Sisters” it was.
That was progress for her.
Today I feel more empathy for my mother of 20 years ago, as…
No Guppy, Puppy! introduces our littlest readers to lots of new animal friends as we learn about Puppy’s little problem: he likes to chase animals!
But guess what? The other animals don’t want to be chased. So Mom gives Puppy something fun and safe to do for each animal they meet.
In the end, Puppy finally sees someone Mom will let him chase…shhh…you’ll have to read the story to find out who it is!
Written and illustrated by Tamira Thayne, No Guppy, Puppy! seeks to introduce young readers ages 3 and up to both early sight words and the animals we can see on our daily walks. It also introduces the concept of redirection from unwanted behaviors to something more positive, safe, and fun! Bold colors, simple artwork, and short sentences make for a great bedtime or anytime read for young families on the go.
Tamira Thayne is an author, publisher, and the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization seeking to free dogs from chains.
She’s the author of the Animal Protector Series, which to date includes Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics, Raffy Calfy’s Rescue, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed Away, and Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament. She’s also written Happy Dog Coloring Book, It Went to the Dogs, Capitol in Chains, Foster Doggie Insanity, and the Chained Gods young adult series.She is the editor of More Rescue Smiles, and co-editor of Don’t Look a Gift Couch in the Mouth (forthcoming), Unchain My Heart, and Rescue Smiles. (see all her books on her Amazon author page here.)
Tamira lives by a river in the woods of northern Virginia, with her husband, daughter, one dog, seven cats, and hundreds of outside birds and critters she adores from afar. You can reach her through her website at tamirathayne.com.
About The Puppy Problems Series
Puppy’s got a little puppy problem—well, lots of them, if we’re honest. Join us for loads of fun—and color!—as Puppy and our littlest readers explore the world around us. We’ll meet other animals and begin to understand life through a dog’s eyes! P.S. Be sure to say it like this: “Puppy Pwobwems,” because that’s how Mom says it to the “real” Puppy and it gets him all wound up!
About The Real “Puppy,” aka why Tamira Wrote the Book
The idea for No Guppy, Puppy! came from my daily walks in the woods with our rescue dog Khronos. Khronos doesn’t know his real name, because I quickly nicknamed him “His Puppyness” or “Puppy” for short.
We wanted to adopt a dog who would stay with us whenever we spent time outside; however, when we chose Khronos from a rescue group in Pennsylvania, we had no way of knowing how he would do off leash…
Unfortunately hanging with us was not his strong suit—our boy especially enjoyed running off and FINDING ANIMALS TO CHASE! Yikes.
One time, he even broke his leash chasing after a squirrel! Luckily, the squirrel could climb and His Puppyness couldn’t, so he/she was able to escape to safety.
Given Khronos’ enthusiasm for chasing animals, I had to find ways to redirect his attention from the squirrels, cats, horses, and other animals we met on our travels.
I started carrying treats with me, and Puppy loves, loves, LOVES sticks! To his mind, no stick is too big to drag around or chew up. He also likes to bring them to me in an invitation to play tug-of-war with him.
I thought this story would be a fun way to introduce other animals to our littlest readers, and so the idea for No Guppy, Puppy! and the Puppy Problems series was born… —Author Tamira Thayne
Another Don’t Miss Animal Book from WCY Publishing!
Brave Cat, Barn Cat
From the Farm Tales Series: Oliver & Friends
Written by Stephanie Itle-Clark Illustrated by Jessie Miller
Being brave can be scary. Join barn cat Onyx, the newest addition to the Farm Tales Series family, and follow the journey of a shy barn cat who takes small steps toward courage. This fun rhythmic text introduces the reader to the work and life of barn cats. Will this shy kitty be able to save the day? Readers will be inspired to face new situations with bravery.
The Farm Tales Series is written just for early readers in grades Pre-K-2. The book text incorporates early sight words as well as discussion questions for parents and educators to support growth in critical thinking and empathy for others.
Publisher : Who Chains You Books (April 25, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 40 pages
ISBN-10 : 1954039093
ISBN-13 : 978-1954039094
Item Weight : 4.2 ounces
Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
About the Author
Stephanie Itle-Clark is a public-school teacher, as well as the founder and president of the Academy of Prosocial Learning, a group which supports prosocial and empathy education and provides resources and professional development for educators. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their pack of tiny rescue dogs.
Jessie Miller is founder of the non profit organization EPIC Outreach, which focuses on teaching kindness to inspire compassion. In 2019 Jessie started and now runs the farm sanctuary, One EPIC Farm, with rescued farm animals that serves as an education outreach center.
Jessie lives in Florida, where she spends time at the beach, running, writing, or hanging out with the rescued animals. Visit epicoutreach.org for more info. Jessie is the author of Chance—Wings of Hope and Winne: A Wet and Windy Adventure, and the illustrator of the Farm Tales: Oliver and Friends series.
Through her “travels” in the Akita community, she met the amazing illustrator Akitas Comics, aka Rebecca Szmidt. The two put their heads together and collaborated on a color version of the book interior illustrations, and so a new, full color version was born.
We are keeping the black and white 1st edition available as well (selling for $10.95), while the new, full color version is just $14.95 in paperback. Both are fully illustrated and set to be enjoyed by Hachi fans the world over for years to come.
About the Book
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, beloved the world over. This second edition features all new, full color illustrations by Akitas Comics.
About the Author
Anastasia Ormeron is a mother, a teacher, and now a writer. A friend to all animals since childhood, she carries many of their beloved stories into the classroom, believing that some of life’s greatest lessons can be learned from them.
Anastasia spent most of her crazier growing up years in London, but shares a quieter life today, in a tiny corner of the Italian Alps, with her husband and grumpy grey cat, Mathilda.
About the Illustrator
Talented French illustrator, Rebecca Szmidt, better known as “Akitas Comics,” combines her love of art and dogs with humorous flair. A former student of the prestigious La Cambre-Mode Academy, Rebecca is also a successful fashion designer. Find her on Instagram and Facebook at @akitas_comics.
The book delves into the early lives of Phillips and Hindi and looks at what drove them to a fierce and relentless dedication to their causes. Their journeys were not without serious and dangerous obstacles, and—in Hindi’s case—even resulted in physical injury. In addition to the telling of the men’s intriguing histories, visual images provide an important peek into their lives and work.
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-05-6
• Publisher : Who Chains You Books (April 2, 2021)
• Language : English
• Paperback : 296 pages
• ISBN-10 : 1954039050
• ISBN-13 : 978-1954039056
• Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
• Dimensions : 6 x 0.67 x 9 inches
Pauline Marie Gambill is a dedicated environmentalist and animal rights advocate. After working many years for the State of Illinois Department of Human Services in Chicago, she took an early retirement and returned to college to obtain an MA in Environmental Studies. She then worked at the USEPA in Chicago for ten years. Since her second retirement, she has continued her support of environmental and animal rights causes and has been a member of the Chicago Animal Rights Coalition which was originally established by Steve Hindi.
Her other primary interest is genealogy. She has traveled all over the country to do research and has written numerous family histories.