In Towpath’s Tail, a Pitbull Shows Kindness to His Bully


In Towpath’s Tail, a Pitbull Shows Kindness to His Bully

by Will Stolzenburg
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

This week, as our nation grapples with the horror of yet another senseless death by those with power and control, we’re heartened by people of all races and creeds coming together to say as one: “No More.” We want to thank all those who’ve protested, who’ve taken undeniable risks in order to do so, and who’ve understood the underlying principle that all discrimination is cruelty. We are grateful to you.

In this week’s release from our animal friends, a pit bull named Towpath also grapples with discrimination. The book is based on a true story which has been featured in NovaDog and other venues.

Towpath’s Tail is the story of a special pit bull puppy with a magical tail that spreads happiness wherever he goes. But when Towpath’s tail is suddenly stolen by an angry young boy, his friends all abandon him. The puppy wanders, sad and alone.

Towpath’s only hope comes from the kindness of a young stranger who helps him regain the magic, despite his stubby new tail. Soon we realize that Towpath’s magic was not in his tail after all, but in his heart.

Towpath’s Tail is based on a true story, and makes a wonderful addition to family reading hour for children five and above, as well as humane education programs with lessons in bullying and kindness to others. Includes the true tale of Towpath, and comes complete with full-color, whimsical illustrations by artist Rhonda Van.

Towpath is an official poster pup for the anti-cruelty campaign, Show Your Soft Side (

You can follow Towpath on his Facebook page, at

Available in Paperback and Kindle, coming soon in Audiobook. Just $14.97 Paperback and $3.97 Kindle; plus, it’s available as part of your subscription to KindleUnlimited, too.

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P.S. All our books are readily available on every Amazon site worldwide. Simply search for the title in your Amazon browser or the paperback’s ISBN of 978-1-946044-76-1

About the Author

towpath softside-loWill Stolzenburg is a former wildlife biologist who writes and speaks on behalf of all creatures, wild and tame. He and his wife Kathy live in Florida with their wigglebutt Towpath, and a houseful of former street cats now living the good life indoors. Will’s other books include Heart of a Lion, Rat Island, and Where the Wild Things Were. Find him online at

About the Illustrator:

rhondavan2loRhonda Van is an artist, author, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover.

She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony. Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Towpath’s Tail, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, and Tiffany Rolls On. Find her online at

In Other News:

We’re please to announce that three of our books will be used in Lollypop Farm’s Humane Education Summer Camps at Home Program: Oliver’s Big Problem, Tiffany Rolls On, and Rescue Smiles are part of their summer fun curriculum. Check out their page for more info and find out how you can sign up today!

Want to see all our Books for Animal Lovers? Click here.


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