Now Available with NEW Testimonial—Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues, Second Edition


The Second Edition of Capitol in Chains: 54 Days of the Doghouse Blues is now available, with an all-new cover, plus law updates, the Capitol Doghouse Wedding details, and an 11-year History of Chain Off.

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

Testimonial from dog activist Evie Kettler,
who just bought and read the book over the weekend:

“When I first decided I was going to help chained dogs I didn’t have a clue what I was doing or what I was getting myself into. During my research I found Tamira Thayne and she became one of my inspirations to keep going. When I saw her post about her book I decided to buy it—even though I don’t read books.

“This is the first real book I’ve ever read from cover to cover! I would start reading a book but never finished it or even got closed to finishing. But once I started this book, I couldn’t stop. I found myself in this book, and many times I cried because she was expressing how I feel, what I’m going through in my work for chained dogs, and I can relate to it all too well.

“I’ve been called names, I’ve been ignored, I’ve heard all the same excuses as to why people chain their dogs and all the excuses of why we can’t ban chaining. I know what it feels like to want something so bad, and not understand why it’s not a ‘No-Brainer.’

“I continually ask myself ‘how is this love?’—because to me it’s not love at all. I know what it feels like to say over and over ‘I can’t do this alone—these dogs need us all.’ And that’s the truth!

“I could go on and on about how I connected to this book. One thing that brought even more tears was the part about Don McKendree during Chain Off 2006. He entered the contest to win the new car but he himself chained his dog. Her name was Nikki. At first it was all about the prize and ended with him doing something amazing, which I don’t want to say because it will spoil the surprise! He even cried and became an advocate for life. Wow.

“While reading this book I thought many times that our commissioners, city councilman and state representatives all need a copy of this book. I’ve even thought about buying one for each of my city council and commissioners because Tamira is the expert and they need to understand what really goes on with chained dogs.

“The people that chain their dogs need to step into their dog’s paws—just like Don ended up doing. Yeah, he did it for a prize, but it taught him something. If each of our representatives would do the same—for maybe even an hour—just maybe they would understand why to us it’s not just a dog. Great book!”—Evie Kettler, chained dog activist, Georgia

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

About the book:

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.


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