The New York Stork Brings My Kind of Babies…and More

Author Tamira Thayne’s most recent travel blog is now live!

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That Thing I Both Dread and Look Forward To Has Come to Pass—I Met Cats

Yes, this early

I know that you know that I love critters. I try to be an equal opportunity critter admirer, but a loosely-guarded secret of mine is that cats are my fav. I can’t help it! As early as I can remember I was dragging cats around with me, apparently even preferring them to my Easter basket and, gasp, chocolate.

I love how soft their pelts can be, and I most adore snuggling up with them and burying my face in their oh-so-delicious fur. It’s my favorite form of therapy.

As such I’ve been both looking forward to meeting cats on the road and dreading it, because if they are in dire straits I know I will be forced to take action on their behalf. Which sounds like a lot of emotional pain.

Plus…

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Our Search for the Eloosive Moosive in NH and Vermont

Author Tamira Thayne’s latest travel blog is out! Enjoy…

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New Englanders, and those who come to partake of these illustrously-wooded states, are obsessed with the large land animal known as the Eloosive Moosive. Thus begins our search…

So Much “Fake Moos”

Just another “fake moos” sighting

Joe: I want to see a moose.

Me: Duh.

We’re in Mooseland. Of course we’ll see a moose. Or even multiple meeses.

I was confident, especially after the girl at the sub shop told us she’d seen TWO. In one YEAR!

Holy common AF. It goes without saying then that our task was to search for this mythical being; but, in order to lure him, her, or them (we’re equal opportunity meese viewers) out into the open, we agreed to meander about pretending to do other things. In their general vicinity.

After all, we reasoned, this way we’d be sure to spot them from the corner of our eye and react accordingly. Oooh….aaaaahhhh….picture…

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New! Hachi’s Favorite Akita Stories, the perfect gift for Akita lovers!

Do you love Akitas? Then Do We Have the Book for You!

Hachi’s Favorite Akita Stories
Edited by Anastasia Ormeron

You’ll find yourself smiling, wiping away a tear at times, and nodding your head in recognition at these heartwarming tales that recall the unique quirkiness of sharing your home and heart with an Akita.

From mischievous to majestic, hilarious to heroic, and everything in between—Hachi’s Favorite Akita Stories is the perfect read for Akita lovers age 12 and up.

In addition, you’ll take a behind-the-scenes peek at the Hollywood movie, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” and share on and off set moments with its amazing Akita stars!

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes an Akita so special?

To answer that question, author and editor Anastasia Ormeron goes back more than thirty years—when, during a trip to Tokyo, a beautiful bronze statue of a dog caught her attention outside Shibuya railway station. 

As she looked closer and met Hachiko’s wistful gaze, she knew she would never forget him or his tale. There is something magical about Japan’s most famous and faithful Akita Inu that touches hearts and changes lives.

Many years passed, but Hachi’s memory remained and her own version of his story reached Akita lovers around the world. One by one, a small circle of Hachi & Friends furry readers began to grow—each with his or her own special tale to tell.

Here is their collection, and much more too. Akitas from every corner of the globe unite to celebrate their ancestor, The Loyal Dog, and his legacy of love in “Hachi’s Favorite Akita Stories.” With gorgeous cover illustrations by Akitas Comics.

Available to the trade through Ingram Distribution. Available in hardback and paperback through Amazon Worldwide.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-21-6

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-954039-22-3

Kindle U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BCDT3D4W

About the Author

Anastasia Ormeron is the creator of Hachi & Friends and is a teacher and writer.
 
A friend to animals since childhood, she often carries their beloved stories into the classroom, believing that many of life’s greatest lessons can be learned from them.
 
Anastasia spent most of her crazy, growing up years in London but shares a quieter life today, in a tiny corner of the Italian Alps, with her husband and grumpy gray cat, Mathilda.

About the Cover 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.

Bears Darla and Hindie Deserve to Live as the Majestic Creatures they Are!

P.S. Akitas are often affectionately called “Bears” because of their size and their beautiful furry heads, but we’re also advocating for two young bears, the “real” kind, who have been forced into captivity to perform silly tricks for the amusement of humans. We hope you’ll agree this is now way for them to live by signing and sharing our petition. Thank you!

Live Free or Die in NH? Not if You’re a Clark’s Bear

Please take a moment to read, sign, and share this petition on behalf of two black bears in captivity in New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state!

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Care about the rights of bears to live free in the wild? Please sign and share the change.org petition here:https://chng.it/wDnDKmXg8c

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are among the most beautiful in the country. Hiking and other nature activities abound in the state, and the gorgeous countryside is home to some of the most majestic wildlife in the northeast.

It’s an outdoor tourist’s dream come true.

Until you hit Clark’s Bears, that is.

Then those who value the outdoors and respect the animals who call it home will find themselves in disbelief that this continues to go on in a state with such a high regard for freedom.

What started as a roadside attraction in the 1950s has expanded into a nice little park, where they unfortunately don’t take New Hampshire’s…

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Untethered Tour Camps in the PA Poconos, But No Heart-Shaped Honeymoon Tub for Me

Author Tamira Thayne is on the road and blogging about her trip! Check out her blog and follow the journey here.

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The Pocono Palace. Hubba hubba.

We were halfway through our sojourn in the Poconos before Hubs comes out with the truth.

“See that hotel? That’s where my first wife and I went on our honeymoon.”

“Whaaattt? Oh, these jokes write themselves. Where’s my heart-shaped jacuzzi tub? Champagne? Why did she get all the good stuff and I’m in a camper in a rundown campground with my 11th anniversary looming in a matter of days? WHAAAAAA!”

I can’t imagine for the life of me why he waited until we’d passed it a dozen times before fessing up. It’s not like I’m fully capable of turning such things into joke fodder or a means of upping my own wifely status.

Redboxes: They Still Exist and Now I Know Why

I remember it clearly, as it was just a month or two ago and it hasn’t yet slipped through my mental sieve. I…

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Preparing for the “Untethered Tour,” aka Life on the Road with Tami and Joe

In another two weeks author Tamira Thayne will officially begin the “Untethered Tour,” and she hopes to blog more about their trip and the animal and human friends they meet and make along the way. Follow her to get the scoop on all their adventures!

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I started this “Untethered” blog many moons ago when I was daily advocating for dogs on chains. While I’m no longer on the front lines of the dog-chaining issue, I appreciate all those who still work on their behalf and am forever grateful to those who care for these “forgotten” dogs.

It turns out, however, that “Untethered” as a principle continues to fit many aspects of my life, so I’m just gonna keep on goin’ with it wherever the blog takes me today.

In 2015 I left the organization I’d founded to free dogs from chains, Dogs Deserve Better, and I felt “Untethered” from my life’s mission—an uncomfortable feeling given that I believed I’d work with and for chained dogs forever, and even had the tats to prove it.

Now what was I supposed to do?

My sweet hubby had bought us my dream home along the Thornton…

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Read FREE! Episode Twenty of Imagine: Life on a Chain. Epilogue

The Last Episode of author Tamira Thayne’s FREE Novella is Now Live!

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Well, we’ve come to the end of our tale. If you’ve reached this point I’m grateful to you for reading along, and I hope you’ll share Imagine’s story with your fellow dog lovers.

Imagine’s character is based on two dogs I rescued from chains, a dog named Magnum—the dog you see pictured on the cover—and one named Banshee, a black lab. Magnum was so damaged by his time on the chain that he had difficulty with life as a family companion. He stayed with me until his death. Banshee loved his ball more than life itself, but suffered from separation anxiety due to his imprisonment. He would have made an incredible working dog, and I believe he could have sniffed out virtually anything if he’d been given the chance he deserved. It always made me sad that he didn’t have the opportunity to excel because of man’s shortcomings.

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Read FREE! Episode 19 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. The Biggest Dream

The next to last Episode of Imagine: Life on the Chain is Now Live!

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Alas, we’re almost to the end of our tale. Today we get to see the rest of Imagine’s reunion, and then next week we’ll have the Epilogue. I’ll be sad to say goodbye to Imagine’s tale, but then I’ll wrap it up in book format and make that available in online book outlets like Amazon, etc., too.

This story is excellent for older humane education projects and classes, and I made sure to keep any swearing out of it for that purpose. Ha! If you want to start from the beginning, click here and go to town. If you’ve been following along the whole time, thank you and remember to share! Your fellow dog-lovers might enjoy the free read, too.

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Nineteen: The Biggest Dream

Witnessing a Miracle

“I haven’t seen him in three years,” Dennis whispered, looking up at Becky and then over to…

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New Kitten Rescue Book for Children—and All Animal Lovers

We hope you’ll enjoy our newest children’s title and share it with your friends, too.

Silver and Spot Find a Home

by Meryl Martin
Illustrated by Craig Orback

Silver and Spot sat all alone in the big woods above the bay. Tall trees and large bushes surrounded them, and below the forest the harbor glistened. It was a gorgeous sight.

But the beauty of the day was lost on the sad kittens. The day before, Mother had gone out to find food and never came back. Her babies were only six weeks old and didn’t know how to hunt or take care of themselves yet. They missed the warmth of their mother. At night the trees seemed scary, as did the bay that reflected the moon.

“Where is Mother?” Silver whined to his brother for the hundredth time.

“I’m not sure,” consoled Spot as he slowly groomed his striped fur. “Maybe she’s just lost. I’ll bet she finds us soon.”

But Silver wasn’t so sure. Would the scared kittens ever see Mother again? Would they meet humans who would care for them? Find out in Silver and Spot Find a Home. With 13 full-color illustrations by Craig Orback, the book is a wonderful early reader for ages 7 and up, and works great for humane education programs too.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-19-3

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1954039190

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09W4WMPCY

About the Author:

Meryl Martin is an animal advocate, wife, and mother to seven animals: dogs Maggie and Daisy, and cats Patrick, Scout, Tempest, Nakia, and Perdi, most of whom are rescues. Professionally, Meryl holds a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology and has won awards for experimental research she’s designed. Meryl is very involved with her family, including an autistic niece and nephew. She in turn advocates for better services for children with developmental disabilities.

About the Illustrator:

Craig Orback has illustrated many books for young readers, including Starring Steven Spielberg: The Making of a Young Filmmaker, Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts, as well as Gifts from the Enemy and The Can Man. He lives near Seattle with his son. He invites you to visit him online at craigorback.com.

Read FREE! Episode 18 of Imagine: Life on a Chain. A Special Volunteer

Catch up on Imagine: Life on the Chain with this 18th Episode from author Tamira Thayne! And it’s a special one, indeed…find out why.

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I hear tomorrow is National Puppy Day, and what better way to celebrate than reading the next episode in our story about a very special pup named Imagine? OK, maybe actually ADOPTING a puppy would be an even better way to celebrate, but if you’re already got a houseful, our story is bound to be the next best thing.

Without further ado, allow me to present what to me is an extra special episode of Imagine’s story, and you’ll know why by the end. If you need to catch up, start HERE AT Episode One and then follow along with the links at the bottom of each chapter. If you’re new, welcome. If you’ve been reading along, thank you, and make sure to share with your fellow dog lovers!

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode Eighteen: A Special Volunteer

A Plea for Help

After Ben left, Evie rushed to…

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