Connecting with our WCY Authors: Learn More about Tamira Thayne


As part of our Who Chains You Books First Anniversary Celebration, we’ll be bringing you a “Connect with our Authors, Illustrators, and Narrators” Series, so you can learn a little more about the animal lovers we represent, and why they’ve taken on the challenge of bringing the plight of the animals to life through creative writing, art, and interpretation.

We’ve given each of our authors, illustrators, and narrators a list of questions to answer. They are free to answer any of our suggested questions or substitute their own—staying on the fun, surface side of life, or getting as deep as they’d like. Feel free to ask them questions in the comments area, and we’ll ask them to drop by and answer.

kingstethercoverlodropTamira’s Bio:

Tamira Thayne is the author of The Wrath of Dog, The King’s Tether, Foster Doggie Insanity, and Capitol in Chains, and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles (forthcoming). In 2016 she founded Who Chains You, publishing books by and for animal lovers, activists, and rescuers.

In her empathy for the plight of the chained dog, she pioneered the anti-tethering movement in America, forming and leading the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better for 13 years.

During her time on the front lines of animal activism and rescue she took on plenty of bad guys (often failing miserably); her swan song culminated in the purchase and transformation of Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound to a chained-dog rescue and rehabilitation center.

capitolbookcover16loShe’s spent 878 hours chained to a doghouse on behalf of the voiceless in front of state capitol buildings nationwide, and worked with her daughter to take on a school system’s cat dissection program, garnering over 100,000 signatures against the practice.

Now that she’s retired from the front lines of animal activism, she’s writing about dog chaining and other animal issues through her paranormal Chained Gods series.

“Getting to Know You” Questions for Author Tamira Thayne:

Q: Where did you grow up and what was your favorite memory from growing up there?


Me, my two brothers, and my parents lived in a drafty old farmhouse outside the little village of St. Augustine, PA, from fourth grade through eleventh. The farm was idyllic in many ways, consisting of 108 acres with woods, fields, a small creek, and a pond. We got to do the things that so many remember from those years growing up in the 60s and 70s—have sled riding parties, swim in the pond, play in the creek, and ride bikes around the farm.

My little brother and I used to ride our bikes for hours on end; we created a slalom course around the house, down to our barn, and then back again. One time I had a sled riding party with a bunch of my tween friends, when we hit a bump and everyone flew off the toboggan. Our black lab Gally was running alongside us and somehow landed on my head in the mayhem. We slid down the hill together, Gally on top of me with my face dragging along the ground underneath. Needless to say, I was pretty scraped up, and I was so embarrassed to go to school all the next week.

I spent hours on end with my cats at the farm—especially a very shy cat named Streaker, who didn’t warm up to anyone in the family except me. I’d snuggle with her each day in the hay mow, and of course sneak her treats and food.

I was tasked with feeding the dogs and cats each day, and it always made me happy to watch them eat and know they weren’t going hungry. Still to this day I can’t stand seeing an animal hungry or suffering without food and water.

Q. What did you least like about your childhood or where you grew up?

catsdogAlthough our farm could have been construed as idyllic, the same couldn’t be said about my childhood. What was hardest for me in all of it was watching the animals suffer, and feeling helpless to stop it.

I witnessed a lot of animal death—the chickens, cows, and pigs on the farm, as well as animals hunted on the property. The message I received was “It’s just the way it is. Deal with it.” And I believed it, for many years.

I remember one time the preacher came to hunt deer on the farm with my father, and my father killed a bunch of deer and piled them in the corner of the barn so the preacher wouldn’t see them. (Because only one deer per season was legal.)

None of our animals were allowed to live inside the home with us.

Our ‘hunting’ beagle Maggie lived on a chain, but I never saw her allowed free to train or hunt until the day my brother lost her in the woods. I often wonder what happened to her…did she die out there, did she find a family who gave her the love she deserved, or did she find an even worse family who didn’t even feed her? I’ll never know.

Our black lab Gally mostly ran the farm, but he ended up chained sometimes too when he couldn’t behave himself and stay home. We had a momma cat named Misty with kittens who lived in the barn, or huddled outside our front door waiting to come in. When my parents weren’t home, I would sneak the cats and Gally into the house, which was why they all ended up sitting right outside the door. After my mother complained about the cats sitting there for months, my father killed them all—including my beloved Streaker—leaving only one cat alive. I didn’t speak to my father for two months.

Is it any wonder I would grow up to want to protect the animals?

Q. What made you want to become an author?

Foster Doggie Insanity

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I’m not sure WANT is the word I’d use. When I first became an author, I NEEDED to spread the word about chaining, and writing and editing books was a good fit for me.

Long before I formed Dogs Deserve Better to advocate for chained dogs, I got my B.A. in Visual Arts and spent 15 years as a graphic designer and book designer. From that I learned the ins and outs of book design and publishing, so it was only natural for me to write and design books for the cause when I was with Dogs Deserve Better.

After leaving the organization in 2015, I was struggling emotionally and didn’t know where I wanted to go from here. I spent a year in therapy trying to get to the bottom of the trauma I’d gone through, and exploring what would bring me happiness while still advocating for the animals.

Every time I thought of writing more of my own books (maybe fiction this time!) or putting out books by other authors for the animals, I got a thrill of excitement, which told me this was an avenue worth exploring.

I finally decided to go for my dream of writing fiction that encompassed the animal issues that mean the most to me, and help other authors too by publishing other books that advocated for animals. That’s when the idea for Who Chains You Publishing was born.

The name of the company was and is very personal to me, and reflects not only on my love for the chained dogs, but also forces us as humans to take a look at the things that hold us back from making the most difference for the animals.

I can certainly say today that there are still many things that hold me back, even after all these years of trying to be better for them. It’s humbling, really.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that nobody knows. Until now.

wrathcover-lodropHmmm, this is a good one. I’m sure there isn’t much that my husband doesn’t know, and maybe some close friends. Or people on my Facebook page. Ha!

I’ve got one thing, though, that people who don’t pay attention or interact with me on a weekly basis wouldn’t know. So here goes:

I’m a Pokemon Go addict. Yep. People on my FB page could know that, since I post about it on occasion, so it’s not a total secret.

I heard about it when my son and his girlfriend came to visit for the weekend last year after it first came out; my daughter immediately started playing it with them, and all three of them were catching pokemon in our kitchen while we talked.  The next day I was driving us to the movies and dinner, and they were all playing and discussing it, and I felt like the odd woman out.

I thought, this is kinda silly that I refuse to play because I’m “too old” when I could bond with my kids over it. So I joined up…and shortly thereafter both my kids quit playing.

Ha! But not me. I’m Team Instinct, or known to me as Yellow, and I’m currently a level 36, which isn’t too shabby. Now that the Gym raids have started, I’ve joined up with other like-minded folks in Culpeper, VA, and I go out to catch the legendary Pokemon with them a few times a week. I felt very self-conscious at first about my age (I’m 53), but there are folks of all ages raiding together, and if I want to catch the legendaries, I’ve got to suck it up and get out there anyway. So I did.

Last weekend a bunch of us were standing outside a store in town waiting for a raid to begin, when a store owner just a little older than me asked what we were doing. Someone told him we were playing Pokemon Go, and he said “You all need to get something better to do.” I felt like a teenager being criticized by an adult, woohoo!

My husband dislikes that I play, too, and he often asks if I’ll still be playing when I’m in the nursing home. I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

My immediate goal is to get to level 40, and after that, who knows if I’ll hang it up.

Q. Tell us what celebrity you’d love to be for a day, and why.

I’m gonna go with Angelina Jolie. Why? Because I can’t figure her out. I’d like to know what really went down with Brad Pitt, what it’s like to have that much money, and if she’s really into the causes she embraces. I mean, don’t get me wrong…even if she’s not into them, she makes a difference just by showing up, so I would never knock her for it.

I remember being accused of being “fake” about dog chaining at one point, and I thought, well—even if that were true—if I’m showing up and doing the work I’m still making a difference on behalf of chained dogs regardless of my motivation.

Angelina reminds me of someone I used to know, though, or thought I knew, and it’s only intrigued me further as to what she’s really like inside her own mind. I guess I’ll never find out…

Q.  Do you have pets? How many and what are their names?


Khronos, aka Buddy (Joe’s nickname), aka His Puppiness (my nickname)

Yes, I’ve always had pets, even when I wasn’t supposed to. When I was young and in the military, I was always finding stray cats and feeding them and trying to find homes for them. I fostered about 250 dogs when I was with DDB, and today I finally consider myself in ‘retirement’ mode when it comes to pets.

I’ve committed to fostering once a year (dog or cat), but other than that, we’re keeping our animal family small. Right now we have one dog named Khronos, and three cats, Una, Tootie, and Vivian.

Q. Where would you travel for your dream vacation, and why?

I want to travel to Wales, because my family history on both sides stems from that region, and I want to see if I’ll feel anything magical like “Aw, my roots have finally found their way home!”

And then, of course, while I’m there I might as well check out the other sights in London and the suchlike. I guess I need to go in the summer, because I don’t like being cold.


Q. If you could wave a magic wand and make one thing better for animals, what would it be?

Duh. This is an easy one for me. I mean, don’t get me wrong—I want freedom for ALL animals, and I want us as humans to stop eating them. (Why? Because we CAN.)

But Dog Chaining has been my issue for so many years that if I get one wave of a magic wand, it will HAVE TO BE USED TO FREE EVERY DOG FROM HIS/HER CHAIN OR PEN AND GIVE THEM A LOVING, INSIDE, HOME AND FAMILY. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Dog Chaining Needs to End.

Q. What’s Coming UP for You? What’s Next?


The author with her beloved kitty, Tuna

Well, I’m loving doing the publishing so much…except it’s not yet paying any bills. I’m not ready to throw in the towel, though, so I do some design or consulting and even some notary work on the side trying to make a little money to fund my dream of making Who Chains You a viable publishing company on behalf of animals and those of us who fight for their rights.

My main struggle with doing it all is finding enough time in my day to write the next books in my Chained Gods Series AND publish works by other authors too. I haven’t yet found the balance, but I will keep working on it.

I do know that I feel happy when I’m designing and publishing books for others and bringing such a huge smile to their faces when they see their work in print. For an author there’s no greater joy than the day you hold your very own printed piece in your hands. I like bringing that gift to others.

So I will continue to write, design, and publish both my books and others for the foreseeable future.

That’s my plan, and I’m sticking to it.


Grab our FREE Book, The King’s Tether, in Honor of our One Year Anniversary at Who Chains You Publishing

Who Chains You Books is Celebrating our One Year Anniversary from now through August 15th, and we’re giving away LOTS of Goodies for YOU!

At Who Chains You Publishing, our mission is a simple one: to amplify the voices of the animals through the empowerment of animal lovers, activists and rescuers to write and publish books elevating the status of animals in today’s society.


Our second 1st Anniversary Giveaway is from author Tamira Thayne, author of The Wrath of Dog (out in paperback and kindle, and coming soon in Audiobook, too!) Foster Doggie Insanity, and Capitol in Chains.

The King’s Tether is a short story at just over 6,000 words, and can be read as a stand alone piece or either before or after The Wrath of Dog to lead into the series or discover more of Wrath’s backstory and how he ended up chained and feral.

This prequel story is part of The Chained Gods Series, a young adult paranormal venture into the world of shifters, immortals, mindlinkers, and earth-dwellers who come together to save not one but two dimensions.

You can buy the paperback for $5.97 on Amazon.

But why do that when you can get it FREE in .pdf, .ePub, or .mobi (Kindle) just by signing up for our bi-monthly e-News?

The King’s Tether is a short, intriguing read, and will be especially engaging for animal lovers and activists with an interest in paranormal fiction.



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…


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Happy Reading!

Old Wounds and a New Book: Thoughts on her Upcoming Olympic Animal Sanctuary book, by Laura Koerber


Debris piled outside the pink shed in Forks, WA where many dogs lost their lives.

A note about an Upcoming book from Who Chains You Publishing: I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found, by author Laura Koerber.

Laura has put out the following statement about the meaning behind the work she’s done to bring this story of Daisy and what she and the other dogs went through there:


Author Laura Koerber

“I am almost done with a book about the rescue of the Olympic Animal Sanctuary dogs.

For some people that sentence is very meaningful and will trigger an emotional response: heartbreak, rage, love, awe, gratitude…

For others, that sentence means nothing, but I hope to change that.

My reaction is complex and varied. On one level, it is a story. An amazing and inspiring story about protests, assault, lawsuits, arrests and an attempt by the abuser to run away with over one hundred dogs packed in a semi truck. On another level, it is a reality, the reality of a great wrong that was done, a wrong that was righted for some, but not for all. And the victims, the dogs that experienced the wrong, are getting old and dying off. I can’t think of them without oscillating between anger, tears, and gratitude. I don’t want their suffering to be forgotten.

After all, the OAS dogs are by no means the only ones to have suffered in the hands of a hoarder, or a failed rescue or a puppymill. There are thousands of dogs and other animals suffering the same kind of abuse right now as you read this. And all over the US, local authorities either refuse to act or actively support the abusers.

The rescue was done because of activists using Facebook. Yes, the notorious social media, supposedly a fever swamp of vindictive inaccuracies. The whistleblower alerted the world of the abuse through Facebook and hundreds of people got organized and engaged in a wide range of activities to free the dogs by using Facebook. People wrote consumer fraud complaints, organized protests, communicated with local officials, raised money, and, after about a year of effort, freed the dogs. Freed the ones that survived.

That’s the part that hurts my heart. Not all of them survived.

Goodby Mario, Lexy, Rocket. I am so sorry Phoenix, Doc, Suki and Malakai. Run free, Dixie and Abel.

But I don’t want their deaths to be for nothing. The OAS rescue is a model that other people could use against abusers in their vicinity. The book is, in a way, a recipe, a how-to guide.

The title is “I Once Was Lost, but Now I’m Found”. The book follows the life of one OAS dog, Daisy, before she was sent to the Olympic Animal Sanctuary, while she was incarcerated there, her trip on the truck to Arizona, and her return home to a family here in Washington state. Along the way the book includes information on hoarders, rescues, trainers and behaviorists, difficulties with law enforcement, and other issues of interest to people who care about the well-being of animals.

The author plans to donate her proceeds to animal groups caring for the rescued dogs.

We’re Giving Away our First FREE Booklet in Honor of our One Year Anniversary at Who Chains You Publishing


Who Chains You Books is Celebrating our One Year Anniversary from now through August 15th, and we’re giving away LOTS of Goodies for YOU!

At Who Chains You Publishing, we bring the work of animal lovers, activists and rescuers to your doorstep through books highlighting successes, missteps, and the brightest imaginative endeavors of those who love animals and fight on their behalf.


Our first Anniversary Giveaway is from author Heather Leughmyer, creator of Adopting Adele (now out in Audiobook, too!) and If Your Tears Were Human.

The booklet is called “A Rat’s Guide to Owning a Human”, and is a tongue-in-cheek look at how a rat might deal with  selecting a human to “own.” At only 24 pages, the mini-book is a quick but amusing read, and is beautifully designed and full color throughout.

You can buy the paperback for $9.13 on Amazon.

But why do that when you can get it FREE in .pdf, .ePub, or .mobi (Kindle) just by signing up for our bi-monthly e-News?

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.

Once you think you have found the right hominid, keep in mind that consistency and patience are very important when cultivating a human—they don’t always learn as quickly as we do. Don’t be discouraged if training proves to be more difficult than you initially thought. Bipeds can be temperamental and/or lazy; however, this should not deter you from owning one.

Once properly broken in, a human can be enjoyable to have around. With a little rattie elbow grease and our tips, you will have a loyal companion and—most importantly—will never again have to worry where your next meal is coming from…

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In addition, we are giving away five paperback copies of The Dog Thief and Other Stories in a Goodreads Giveaway, listed through July 24th.

Make sure you sign up on their site for a chance to win one of the five books!

Kirkus named The Dog Thief one of the best indie books of 2015. “This collection of short stories and a novella explores the complexity of relationships between people and animals in an impoverished rural community where the connections people have with animals are sometimes their only connection to life.”

“Decrepit humans rescue desperate canines, cats and the occasional rat in this collection of shaggy but piercing short stories. A superb collection of stories about the most elemental of bonds.”

To buy the book in paperback or Kindle (audio coming out ASAP) visit this link:

adoptingadelecoverloHeather’s children’s book highlighting the plight of a rescue rat has been making some waves, and just came out in audio this past week.

Check it out at any of the following links:

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Happy Reading!

We Asked The Bugman What to Do if We Encountered a Poisonous Snake on a Summer Hike. Here’s His Advice.

bugmancoverloshadowIf you know Richard Fagerlund, or have read his book My Path to the Bugman, with an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for your Home and Garden, then you’ll know he’s a big fan of many of the critters that scare the sanest amongst us.

So, with summer hikes on our minds, we asked him our burning question: What do we do if we encounter a poisonous snake while walking in the woods?

Here’s Richard’s response:

I recently got a non-bug question. Non-bug? How can I answer that? I think I can.

The question is what should someone do if they are hiking out in the woods—or anywhere in nature, really—and encounter a venomous snake.

First, let me say some snakes are venomous, and I recommend doing some photo research before entering the wild to see what kind of snakes you might possibly come upon. But remember, none are poisonous. Venoms are injected and poisons are ingested. Toads can be poisonous if you lick them and some mushrooms are poisonous if you eat them. Therefore, a snake can be venomous, but not poisonous.

img_1622Always carry some kind of stick when walking in the wilderness. I carry a golf club. If you see a venomous snake, just stop and see what it does. It won’t come near you unless it doesn’t see you. Let it go on its way and then you can continue on your way. Obviously this is the best outcome for all involved, because they have a right to life just like we do, and I always espouse and advocate the Do No Harm principles whenever I can.

If it is rattled (coiled up and rattling), then go a long way around it and keep going. If you accidentally step on a venomous snake and it bites you, don’t panic. You will most likely be fine. Venomous snakes usually only inject a little venom unless they are really mad, then they can give you a full dose.

[Our note to self: Don’t piss them off! Duly noted.]

Snakes don’t like to waste venom as they need it to gather food. Take a Benadryl, which you should carry with you at all times while hiking, and then go back to your vehicle and to an emergency room if one is nearby. If you have someone with you, obviously you want to let them drive while you meditate (ha!) and try to remain calm. If you are way out in the wilderness, call for help and, again, try not to panic. If you panic, your blood will flow quicker and that can cause you problems.

snake1Admittedly, I have experience with this. I have been bitten nine times by venomous snakes, but only two bites were bad enough to require medical attention. I never panicked, I just lived through the pain and swelling. When I encounter a venomous snake, I pick it up and take a selfie or have someone take a picture, then I let it go.

But I must put my disclaimer out there: never try to pick up a venomous snake in the wild. Only weird people do that. Color me weird.

Interested in reading more of Richard’s encounters with animals, and checking out his earth-friendly solutions to summer pest management? You can pick up his book at any of these links, below.

Happy—and SAFE—Summer Hiking, everyone!

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