Have You Ever Wanted to Give Another Living Creature a Second Chance at Life?


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From All About Jazz Senior Editor Chris M. Slawecki

“It's one of the most challenging things I've ever done, but certainly one of the most rewarding," words spoken by an adopter of a puppy mill breeder dog in one of many journeys shared through Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK! Happy Stories and Helpful Advice, written by Christine Palm Shaughness and edited by Chris M. Slawecki, who has served as AllAboutJazz.com Senior Editor since 1997.

Jazz lovers and dog lovers alike will enjoy these 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.

Puppy Mill Dogs SPEAK! (ISBN: 1451594690) can be ordered through the publisher's web site, or at amazon.com. A portion of its proceeds will be presented to rescue groups featured in the book.

“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 Shaughness 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.

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."

“Chris Shaughness provides lots of practical information that will be extremely useful for anyone working with breeding dogs rescued from puppy mills." —Dr. Temple Grandin, New York Times best-selling author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human.

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