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Defending the Defenseless is for anyone who wants to join a growing crusade to bring animal protection to its rightful place in a civilized society. Allie Phillips wrote Defending the Defenseless for three primary reasons: she knows a great deal about animal protection, she is frequently asked by others how they can get involved as well and there is not currently a lot of information out there on how to get involved with helping animals.


This book guides readers through the variety of ways they can help companion animals and offers practical tips to get involved, from donating money to volunteering at animal shelters, from opposing animal experimentation to raising children to protect animals. Phillips shares her own personal experiences in her work with protecting animals, which she describes as “some involve outrageous joy, and others involve life-altering devastation.”

“If you are new to animal advocacy, this book is much more than a how-to manual. It provides those yearning to make a difference for animals with both a roadmap and a call to action. It also reminds experienced advocates why they became involved in this gratifying yet emotionally demanding cause.”—Beatrice Friedlander, Animals and Society Institute

Allie Phillips is an author, attorney and advocate for the protection of animals and vulnerable victims. She is a former prosecuting attorney who has worked for the National District Attorneys Association where she launched the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse. She was previously employed with American Humane Association as the Vice President of Public Policy and Vice President of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. Allie is a nationally-recognized expert on issues involving animal protection and advocacy. She is a volunteer with King Street Cats (Alexandria, VA) and Vice President of No Paws Left Behind. She co-founded Michiganders for Shelter Pets, is a council member of the Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section, on the steering committee of the National Link Coalition, and a Practitioner Member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. She is author of How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010). To learn more, please visit www.alliephillips.com.


An Imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group


October 2011 v 312 pages v 978-1-4422-0214-6v $34.95 Cloth

Peggy Frezon is an author, pet columnist, and multiple award-winning freelance writer from New York. She contributes regularly to Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is published in more than a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her work can also be seen in magazines such as Woman’s World, Teaching Tolerance, Pockets and others, and in books including The Ultimate Dog Lover, Miracles and Animals, Soul Matters, and David Jeremiah’s Grace Givers. She writes two web columns, Pawsitively Pets and Animals 4 People, is a staff writer for Be the Change for Animals, and blogs at Peggy’s Pet Place. Her first book is Dieting with my Dog (Hubble & Hattie, 2011).

Kelly--photo by Jennifer May

photo by Jennifer May

A native of the Green Mountain State of Vermont, Frezon studied Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Writer’s groups include the League of Vermont Writers and Marbleshapers. Peggy and her husband Mike have two children, and share their home with their spaniel-dachshund rescue dog, Kelly.

Natural Healing for Cat, Dogs, Horses and Other Animals

Arizona to Alaska

Born in Phoenix, Lisa lived in numerous Arizona towns as a child and later spent several years in California. By young adulthood, she was in Alaska and started mountain climbing. She climbed in South America on different expeditions, seeking summits in Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. She also traveled solo through Europe and Asia.


From Fire to Shield to Evergreen

Climbing left Lisa wanting strong first-aid skills and she signed-up for an Emergency Medical Technician course. The class included a ride-along with the Fire Department which exposed her to the rewards of helping people in crisis. She moved to Oregon for training and was soon back in Alaska, pulling 24-hour shifts as a paramedic.


“Paramedicine is physical and autonomous and demanding and technical. I loved it.”

After a number of years, she transferred to the Police Department. Her second career started with the position of street officer and she still claims it is the most demanding job in law enforcement. After a few years, she became a detective, working in the Vice unit and later in Crimes Against Children, with a special assignment as a Hostage Negotiator. She went back to the street as a sergeant and later returned to investigations, supervising Internal Affairs.


“All those years in emergency services made the city a map of memories, many of them very sad. I wanted to move…a couple of thousand miles.”


Riding, Writing and Running

Lisa and her husband relocated to the Evergreen State and adopted two former racehorses from a rescue facility. She turned to writing, working on both mysteries and mainstream novels. One novel was selected as a finalist in the 2007 Malice Domestic contest and another made the Top 100 in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Lisa also began competing in the obscure sport of Ride and Tie, a back country trail race that combines running and riding, covering distances of 20-35 miles.


“Writing is such a sedentary pursuit, it would be dreadful without the promise of hours on trails.”


Miles alone on the million acres that is Washington’s Olympic Peninsula left Lisa wanting protective company. She found a German Shepherd at a pet rescue site and taught him tracking, as she had with her previous dogs.


“My last shepherd earned the FH title twice. This was before the existence of the FHII and VST titles. He also earned the Schutzhund III with decent scores, but we never V-scored”. (The FH, or FährtenHund, is a German sport tracking degree. A V-score is a judge’s rating at or above 96%.)


She resurrected the training log (the Canine Scent Work Log) she had created and used when teaching her previous trackers. Her rescue dog V-scored at his first trial and she sent the log to Alpine Publications. Alpine released the book in 2007

A Hot, Cuddly Extravaganza

Hot Guys and Baby Animals • By Audrey Khuner and Carolyn Newman

Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC • ISBN: 978-1-4494-0790-2 • $9.99 ($10.99 Canada)

Hardcover: 7½ x 5, 80 pages • Publicity begins November 2011


About the Authors

Had enough of cuddly baby animals flaunting their newborn fuzzy

cuteness? Tired of striking male models flexing perfectly sculpted

muscles? We didn’t think so. Astoundingly adorable meets stunningly

studly in Hot Guys and Baby Animals (Andrews McMeel Publishing,

$9.99, November 2011) by Audrey Khuner and Carolyn Newman.

Hot Guys and Baby Animals pairs gorgeous guys posing with their

fuzzy animal friends. Dozens of full-color photos feature tongue-incheek

captions detailing the likes and dislikes of the guy and the

baby animal. Let the “ohs” and “ahs” begin as male models cuddle kittens, play with puppies,

snuggle lambs, coo at chicks (baby chickens, that is), and more.


A percentage of the proceeds from the Hot Guys and Baby Animals calendar franchise benefits

the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The collection’s simple and visual

format turns Hot Guysand Baby Animals into a great gift for any admirer of splendid,

shirtless guys and charming animal eyes.


Audrey Khuner and Carolyn Newman, friends since junior high, were always looking for an excuse to hang

out with cute boys and adorable animals. Two decades later, their grassroots Hot Guys and Baby Animals

concept provided the answer. They are now expanding the concept into a worldwide brand, receiving mentions

in The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Sundance Channel, The Huffington Post, Glamour, People Pets,

Em & Lo, Gay Guy/Straight Guy, Nerve, SF Weekly, and many other publications and blogs. Audrey lives

in San Francisco, California, and Carolyn resides in Los Angeles. hotguysandbabyanimals.com



A heartwarming story, just in time for the Christmas season!




How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

By Megan Rix




All Megan Rix and her husband Ian wanted was a baby to complete their happy home, but sadly it seemed life had different plans—until one Christmas brought them an unexpected gift. Just in time for the holiday season comes the internationally bestselling memoir, A PUPPY THAT CAME FOR CHRISTMAS (A Plume Original, on sale October 25, 2011), a poignant story of hope lost and found.


In this heartwarming book, Rix shares how the crushing emotional stress of endless fertility doctor visits led her and her husband to become a different kind of parent to a few life-changing golden retrievers. 


In an attempt to distract themselves from their disheartening conception efforts, Megan and Ian became involved with a charity which provided service dogs to people with disabilities.  They would be responsible for training dogs for placement with people who needed the specially skilled animals to live more normal lives. 


From fetching clothing and food to anticipating seizures in children so their parents can get them through the episode safely, the retrievers were life savers to many disabled people.  And in training these special animals, Megan and Ian bonded closely with their pups – first Emma, then Freddy – as any dog lovers do. But fostering the special pups was only a temporary fix to their issues, and an ultimately disappointing one after having to give them up the puppies time after time.


Megan and Ian didn’t know if they could keep taking in these adorable golden retrievers and giving them away, even if they knew it was for a good cause.  It was becoming too difficult, too painful, and their fertility treatments were adding to the stress. More than anything, they wanted that one special addition to their family to complete their happy home.

Then, one Christmas, little Traffy came along…and stayed.


THE PUPPY THAT CAME FOR CHRISTMAS: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy is an endearing and inspirational story that will captivate animal lovers and those who believe that when one door closes, another one opens.


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The Puppy That Came for Christmas

Megan Rix

Plume / on sale October 25, 2011 / $14.00 / ISBN: 978-0-452-29748-7

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Megan Rix was born in London, and lived in America, New Zealand, and Singapore before marrying her husband, Ian, and settling in England.






Angel on a Leash

Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch


By David Frei

Release Date: 10/2011

ISBN: 978-1-935484-63-9

Price: $16.95

Paperback, 208 pages, full-color photographs



Angel on a Leash will make you smile and cry and appreciate the great things that our dogs do for us and for people in need...” —Betty White


“David and his dogs love and trust each other, and this has enabled him to make it his life’s work to share hope with people in need. It has also given him many wonderful stories to share with us in this heartwarming book. I couldn’t put it down.” — Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer


“When a dog wags his tail, it is connected to his heart. When David tells these stories of the dogs he has known and the good they’ve done, they are connected to his.” —John O’ Hurley, from the foreword



Dogs are more than just man’s best friend. They are guardians and messengers. They can lift spirits and even save lives. Some would say they aren’t just friends, but angels. True stories of dogs touching humans in ways that will inspire readers both young and old are told in Angel on A Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch by the very familiar voice of David Frei who has been the announcer of The Westminster Kennel Club for the past 21 years and also helped to found the Angel on a Leash charitable foundation along with Westminster.

Part of the proceeds from the sales of Angel on a Leash will benefit the organization of the same name and thus bring a smile to countless sick individuals who are in dire need of what may be a last smile. As one reads the book they will see almost as through their own eyes:

    • a six-year-old play and laugh as if he hasn’t a care in the world after a day of tests and treatments
    • a combat-traumatized soldier connect with the world around him as he pets a new friend
    • a cancer survivor enjoy the familiarity of a warm nose
    • an eighty-five-year-old widower smile as his weekly canine visitor bounds into his room
    • the weary parents of a pediatric oncology patient comforted by a nuzzle of a warm nose of an angel with  four legs

Angel on a Leash will touch the soul of any reader who looks through the pages of photographs of patients with their four legged angel. It will warm the heart of any reader who has ever dealt with any illness or loss of a loved one. It will change the way the reader looks at man’s best friend forever.




David Frei is well known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host (21 years) of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February.  He is also the co-host on NBC of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving since its inception. With Westminster, David helped to create Angel on A Leash, a charitable activity supporting therapy dog programs at health care facilities around the country. David is an active volunteer as well, visiting each week at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Ronald McDonald House of New York. He is a member of the Sports Council of the St. Jude Children’s Research.


About BowTie Press:


BowTie offers the finest animal care and pet books for dog, cat, horse, bird, fish, reptile, small animals, and farm animals as well as rural living and transportation topics. From how to house-train a new puppy to winning a “Best in Show,” homeowners, experts, and professionals look to BowTie Press for the best and most relevant publications. More information can be found at: www.bowtiepress.com


Saying Goodbye to a Devoted Companion

In Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, A Good Dog, and other acclaimed works, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz has written meaningfully about the cherished bond between humans and animals—especially our intense connection to our pets. Now, in this moving and thoughtful book, Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a devoted companion, and offers comfort, wisdom, and a way forward from sorrow to acceptance.

When Jon Katz first brought Orson home, he couldn’t predict how this boisterous border collie would change his life, most notably by inspiring him to buy Bedlam Farm. Yet for all of Katz’s years as a dog owner, Orson’s death shook him in a deeply profound way. “I was embarrassed by my grief,” he remembers. “What right did I have to fall to pieces over a border collie?”

Full of empathy, insight, and sage advice, Going Home is an invaluable guide and touchstone for anyone who has lost a pet. Jon Katz honors the animals that have graced our lives and reveals their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.

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