Book signing in Prescott, AZ Nov 29, 2014

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“It all began because of a horse friend who suggested I contact Dusty Spitler who was co-host of Prescott’s The Animal Corner on KQMA radio. Scroll down to 11/1/14 to hear mine.  She made an appointment to do an interview. It turned out she wasn’t there, but Steve Sischka, co-owner of Olsen’s Feed Store did the interview. I was donating all the profits to United Animal Friends, a local foster/rescue/adopt group, and he suggested a book signing in the feed store. I was contacted by one of the ladies from UAF  and she came with her Miniature Schnauzer mix rescue dog named Sedona. Sedona was a big hit, especially with me. My book: “Little Miss Muffitt: Guardian of My Heart” revolves around Muffitt with many other stories thrown in. Muffitt was a Miniature Schnauzer. Now, of course, I want another Miniature Schnauzer…

Between Jeanne and Sedona, we sold a dozen books, mostly “Little Miss Muffitt.” It was heartwarming to meet several others who had either gotten a rescue dog, or were involved with rescue projects. One gentleman stopped by, said he had no time to read, but wanted to make a donation. He gave 25.00 (5 sold books worth of profits) He also had adopted a dog from that group. During that time, my hair lady, Darla, called on my cell phone to say she had sold a horse and mule book… her customer had gotten the dog book first and said she “loved the way I wrote,” (big grin), so on the way home, we dropped off 2 more for her.

What I discovered in selling books is that word of mouth and favorable reviews sells. My hair lady sells more that the local book store did. I love to write about our animals, and by donating all the profits to the local animal rescues, I can get a larger reading audience. Hubby took one to the library as a donation.

Another signing is scheduled for Chino Valley, AZ December 6 at the Olsen’s Feed Store there. If you are in the area, please stop by!

Next event is hosted by good friend Deb Riley, in Prescott, AZ at her home.

My thanks to all who support and love the animals of this world.

“Little Miss Muffitt is dedicated to the many men and women who tirelessly, unselfishly and devotedly work to make this world a better place for all animals. I am honored to count many of you as friends.”

Christmas is coming. These books would make the most wonderful gifts!





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This is the sequel to THE DOG LIVED (and So Did I). The author, Teresa Rhyne, is a breast cancer survivor, and her dog, Seamus, the beagle, also survived cancer. So much for the first book which I haven’t read. In this second story, Seamus develops another cancer and Teresa determines to find the best way to again fight and win the battle. She turns to a prepared raw meat diet for the dog and she eventually becomes vegan (the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals).

The Author has two knotty issues she grapples with. One is the exploitation of food animals and second, the laboratory testing done on live animals, in this particular case, beagles. Lab beagles are raised to become experimental animals. If they are lucky after their experiment is finished and if they are still alive, some will be given to beagle rescue groups for adoption. Many healthy beagles are simply killed. Part of this story is about Percival who was a lucky lab rescue and Daphne, a rescue from a high-kill shelter in Los Angeles. The other part is about the author and her search for peace and healing after losing Seamus, realizing she has been contributing to animal exploitation by eating meat, and the desire to spread the word on animal testing.

Seamus succumbs to his second cancer and Teresa is immobilized by her grief.  A few days later she learns through a facebook friend, that a beagle needs a foster home to recover from kennel cough in a home with no other dogs. As much as she tries to tell herself, “It is too soon,” eventually she and Chris, her significant other, decide to help. Daphne is adorable, and—has a lump on her chest. By now the author is totally sick of all “lumps.”  The all too common failure of foster parents overtakes them and Daphne becomes theirs, lump and all. Eventually this lump was determined not life threatening and here we have a happy ending.

After Seamus’ passing, they had talked about having two dogs, Daphne sort of came along as an emergency, but for the second one they were going to take one of the Beagle Freedom Project dogs—rescued from a laboratory. (Check it out if you are brave enough) Enter Percival. He and Daphne have a rocky start to their dog relationship, but eventually sort it all out. There is so much “out there” about animal abuses, and this was one that here-to-for I had not had the displeasure of suffering through. I have sent donations to NAVS (again, please check it out), but after reading this book, determined to increase my donations. The author admonishes the readers to find out what products they are using that are tested on animals, and which are not. I was so pleased to learn that my favorite cosmetic company, Arbonne, does not test. But I could not believe ALL the very, very common products that are.

94% of all animal testing is done for cosmetics and household products, leaving only 6% for medical research. On March 11, 2013, The European Union passed a long-awaited ban of the sale of all animal tested cosmetics and is urging other countries to do the same. Vivisection is out-dated science and in many cases is not used to benefit humans, but is only implemented to acquire grant money (and thus profits) for the scientist, school, organization or company conducting the experiments.  For an extensive description of animal testing alternatives, click here.

After the author and Seamus’ survived their first cancers, Teresa was devastated to learn that her beloved Seamus had a second cancer—melanoma of the eye. She delved into diet, exercise and reading everything she could find about how to beat cancer holistically.  In the process, she came up against the whole animal for food thing. The more she read about how big business in the food industries treats the animals it processes for human consumption, the more distraught she became.

This is where the author and I have a slight disagreement. She writes a little one sided about dairy and meat animals in big companies, and lumps the smaller “organic/humane” ones all together in her repulsion. I feel her pain, but I also know that only a few people reading her book will give up eating animals. I think there IS a better way, but perhaps not for all of the meat eating populace. I was raised on a small farm, we had milk cows and they were not tortured to produce milk for us. (I was the one tortured, as I had to milk them before I went to school!)They did not have their calves torn from their sides and eaten as veal. (But I do think the veal industry stinks). She writes about cows being forcibly “raped” to be bred. A cow in heat (necessary for ovulation and pregnancy) can be inseminated by a technician with semen, but they are not hurt. Our cows were artificially inseminated with no trauma or drama. (With dogs this can be different. All dogs in heat do not wish to be bred, and forcibly breeding them can constitute rape in my opinion). Visualize a bull weighing a ton or more naturally breeding a young cow for her first time. My point is, don’t paint all with the same brush.

Later in life our family lived on an Indiana farm. We had milk cows (also artificially inseminated…bulls are not for everyone!) and raised our own beef. I do believe cattle can be humanely slaughtered, as well as I know that many are not. If you can become vegan, more power to you. If you wish to eat animals, do your best to investigate. I know for a fact humane is possible. This book makes it sound impossible. We all as meat eaters can eat less for the betterment of the sustainable resources which are ours to steward and it is better for our health. Another point the author more or less glosses over, but does make, is that vegan isn’t good for all. It just doesn’t work for some people’s bodies.

Her friend Leela had been vegan and had to stop because as she said, “It’s about finding out what works for you—for your body, for your ethics……and it’s clear to me that there is no ‘one size fits all’ in regard to medications, food, exercise salt intake and so many other things.” AND meat (raw) is best for dogs. Even the author admitted that. And where does that meat come from? Like I said, this is a knotty problem. Check out Temple Grandin, a universally loved and respected lady both in the humane treatment of meat animals and autism. She states: “I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life, and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”  (and we do not do that in all cases, no dispute there).

It is easier, I do think, to stop using products that are tested (unnecessarily according to the author’s research and also NAVS) on animals, than to stop eating meat. Each must decide what is right for them. However, there never is an excuse to mistreat any animal.

This book is Teresa’s effort to shine a light on these two animal abuses. I say, “God Bless you, Teresa,” and I do give the book 5 stars and two thumbs up!



Facts to share with your Congresspersons to support the Past Act

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Written by Diana Williams Anshakov.

How to talk to our congress people to get them on board with passing the Past Act. “Just the facts, mam.”

-The “big lick” and soring negatively impact the ENTIRE multi-BILLION-dollar U.S. equine industry, and as such, is strongly endorsed by the American Horse Council (the governing body of the US equine industry), the United States Equestrian Federation (the largest horse show organization in the nation), the American Quarter Horse Association (the largest breed registry in the world), and many, many other breed registries and horse industry organizations. AHC president Jay Hickey has said of the bill, “The magnitude of support for this bill is clear, but to advance it still needs to be brought to a vote. Ending soring is important for the welfare of Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses, and Racking Horses. But, it is also important for the economic health of the horse industry because, while soring happens only in a small segment of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Racking Horse industry, such abuse damages the image of the entire horse industry.” (Source: ) -The 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games generated over $200M to the Kentucky economy alone. (Source:!userfiles/Industry/research/WEG%20Economic%20Impact%20Report.pdf ). Huge additional revenues were injected into the nationwide economy via airlines, horse transport companies and quarantine/boarding stables, hotels, restaurants, horse equipment suppliers, etc. The FEI hesitated for years to bring the Games to the U.S., partly due to the negative image the American equine industry has gained worldwide due to the continued practice of soring and allowing stacks and chains on show horses – which is banned in Europe. To gain FEI approval, the Kentucky Horse Park banned “big lick” Walking Horses from breed exhibitions at the Park during the games. -Overseas horse breeders have lost business due to the stigma of soring, and as a result, have reduced the number of horses of this PURELY AMERICAN BREED they are importing from the US for breeding stock. -The TWH is one of only a handful of truly AMERICAN breeds. We need to be good stewards of a horse that represents the United States. Passage of the PAST Act will ensure the breed can continue to grow on a GLOBAL scale. Right now, overseas breeders still have to export breeding stock from the US. If we do not ensure the soundness of the breed, that revenue will cease. -Implementation of the PAST Act will not cost taxpayers, and in time, is likely to reduce the costs that the USDA is currently spending for enforcement of the HPA. (Approx. $700M annually. Source: ) -Passage of the PAST Act will simplify the inspection process and reduce the burden on the USDA to provide spot inspections on the industry, contributing to additional efficiency of a government agency. -Walking Horse owners are charged higher rates for equine insurance due to the disproportionate rate of illness, injury and death in the “big lick” segment of the breed. This is PURELY due to the impact of soring and the “big lick,” as flat-shod walking horses are known to be generally free of congenital defects, healthy compared to other breeds, and frequently experience a longer lifespan than many other breeds. -Many potential buyers of Walking Horses are turned away by the negative stigma of soring and the marketplace flooding by mentally and/or physically scarred big lick culls, depressing values of horses and negatively impacting the livelihoods of breeders of sound horses. -Participation in Walking Horse shows has decreased due to the stigma of soring. Exhibitors have left the arena, taking their entry fees, travel, lodging and dining expenses, and tourism dollars with them. The PAST Act will bolster participation in shows, generating revenue for many businesses in areas hosting Walking Horse shows. -With the stigma of the “big lick” gone, Walking Horse ownership will increase, generating jobs for ethical breeders, trainers and farriers. -Opponents argue that the bill will eliminate the industry. It will only eliminate the segment of the industry that survives by violating Federal laws. -Opponents also argue that it violates their freedom. This is true only inasmuch as dog fighters’ freedom has been violated by laws prohibiting dog fighting. The ramifications of soring have actually stripped sound horse owners and exhibitors of their rights, being forced through inspections, additional fees, reduced competition and more, all caused by soring and efforts to hide soring by criminals. Additionally, sound horse advocates have been threatened, harassed, caused bodily harm, and had their livelihoods destroyed by these abusive law-breakers.

Why Do Animal Abusers Hate The HSUS?

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I an sure HSUS is not perfect, but they are close to my heart as they have helped fight the soring abuses of the Tennessee Walking Horses. Without them we would not have made the progress we have. Still need more. ask your congress persons to support THE PAST ACT which will put more teeth in the Horse Protection Act.


humanewatchWritten by:  John Doppler Schiff and reprinted with permission

The HSUS is under attack by animal abusing industries. These industries claim the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States)  is inefficient, ineffective, and incompetent.

But if this was true, why would animal abusers spend tens of millions of dollars annually on dishonest smear campaigns to attack the HSUS?  If the HSUS was truly ineffective, wouldn’t animal abusers be perfectly happy to have such an incompetent opponent?

The truth is that the HSUS is the nation’s largest and most effective animal welfare organization, with a staggeringly long list of accomplishments — and animal abusers are terrified of what they’ve accomplished on behalf of the animals.

Here’s a small, incomplete sampling of what the HSUS does:

  • HSUS donated $3000 to the first non-lethal deer population management program in Virginia.
  • HSUS played a pivotal role in securing the defunding of horse slaughter for…

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When Animal Advocates Fall Victim To Disinformation….

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I definitely agree with Heather. Check it out before you get upset. I too, have seen things that are not correct. We do love our animals and want to help them, we just must be diligent in what we do. I pray daily for all those wonderful folks who rescue/foster/adopt the unfortunate. My latest book: Little Miss Muffitt has all profits donated to small local rescues.


hoaxWritten by:  Heather Clemenceau

Twice within a few days, the otherwise exemplary Facebook advocacy group “In Defense of Animals” succumbed to sensationalism and posted two articles sourced from satirical websites believing them to be factual. The Empire News article, which saw over 2,000 shares on the IDA Facebook page, claimed that “the gambling industry has been quietly seeking a controversial betting offshoot – legalized and industry regulated dog fighting.” Of course this is carefully tailored nonsense since dog-fighting is a felony across the United States. Wonkette is a online magazine of topical satire and political gossip, and the IDA mistakenly posted this article entitled “The National Rifle Association Paves The Way For Dogs and Cats To Be Eaten.” The article actually discusses the NRAs vested interest in the continuation of pigeon shoots, which is true, but they add a layer of falsity to…

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THE PAST ACT (Prevent All Soring Tactics) update

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This is from a friend who has been working so hard to get this bill passed for the protection of the Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information, please check out the blog archive. This is the latest:


“If we can’t get the Past Act to the floor in this session, we will have to start all over again gathering co-sponsors.. It will be a huge disappointment for all of us but we must continue to fight to end soring.. We made unbelievable progress this past year.. be prepared to put Plan B into action.. That is to keep the public awareness at an all time high.. The sore lick industry is floundering.. let’s continue to keep the pressure on Congress.”

So little time left to convince your congress people to support THE PAST ACT. Please keep trying. Please share with friends. This dirty little secret is not so secret anymore, keep it exposed for what it is: animal abuse. Remember, the Horse Protection Act of 1973 was supposed to put a stop to ALL SORING. it failed. The Past Act will put more teeth in this, it is not a new act. You can read about my personal experiences of seeing and competing against sored Tennessee walking horses in the pleasure divisions, with my wonderful horses, included my stallion (now gelded and retired with us in Prescott AZ, Praise Hallelujah, in my book: “The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot”


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