After three years in the making, I am thrilled to announce the launch date of my new book, Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!, Happy Stories and Helpful Advice.  It will be available for purchase on July 30, 2010.

About the book:

SPEAK! reveals the inspirational stories of people who adopted dogs used as breeders in puppy mills, the adult male and female dogs kept captive their entire lives to produce those cute puppies in the pet stores.  These adopters are patient, loving heroes who serve as bright, shining examples of unconditional love. Many puppy mill breeder dogs cannot speak: Breeders “de-bark” them to keep them quiet and undetected. SPEAK! gives voice to these brave dogs.

 “The first dog that I knew was a rescued breeder dog was a young Golden Retriever who had just been brought in from the puppy mill farm,” Chris explains. “When a leash was placed on her, she dropped straight to the ground. It was like she had no legs. She was frozen in terror, and went between pancaked and crawling on the ground to whirling around on the leash, trying to escape it. It was so far away from what a dog should be – the happy, waggy-tailed Golden Retriever that you’d picture in your family home.”

SPEAK! also details the behavior and health issues typically presented by these dogs and the puppies they produce, along with compassionate, practical advice for overcoming these problems and other training issues common to all dogs.

 After years of sharing her knowledge and research about puppy mills dogs with clients, the rescue organizations featured in this book and other organizations, Chris brings the stories and tips for rehabilitation to everyone.  No other book delves into the realities – and aftermath – of how dogs in the U.S. are mass-produced. Anyone who truly loves dogs must read SPEAK! and pass along the cry of “adopt, don’t buy.”

Fifty percent of the proceeds of the sales between July 30 and August 31, 2010 will be donated to the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue and Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue.

I am most grateful to everyone who supported my efforts and I am hopeful that this book will educate thousands of people and contribute to the closing of puppy mills.

Please check back on Friday, July 30 to learn how and where to buy Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK!. Thank you!

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