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Deputy Paws

About the Book

Rescued from a puppy mill, Deputy goes on a mission to save other dogs from the same sadness he endured. In this fun rhyming adventure, an animated and whimsical cocker spaniel pup takes center stage as he defends the freedom of all dogs. From beginning to end, the seeds of kindness are planted within the beautiful illustrations that paint a vivid picture.

In this fully illustrated children's book, Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause, readers get an idea of what life is like for many dogs who are born in a puppy mill. It follows his story from a sad and unhappy pup to one full of life in his new home where he is loved.

The book isn't just a fun read for young children, rather it contains a message for readers of all ages. It carries a message of hope for one young dog and an important lesson for us all about the dangers of puppy mills and how to avoid buying dogs from puppy mills.

Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause was inspired by Peggy Race's cocker spaniel mix, Deputy, who was surrendered from a Kansas puppy mill.

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The Story

Capture the enthusiastic spirit of Deputy Paws as he ventures out beyond the confines of his past. Rescued from a puppy mill, Deputy goes on a mission to save other dogs from the same sadness he endured.

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Deputy Paws was born in a puppy mill. He didn't have any freedom to run and play like other dogs get.

 

He was stuck in a small cage and not looked after properly.

 

His health suffered as a result. His life might have been shortened just so someone who didn't care about him could make money.

Deputy Paws Coloring Pages

Warm Hearts

Warm Hearts Coloring Page

Freedom Garden

Freedom Garden Coloring Page

Deputy's Pot of Gold

Deputy's Pot of Gold Coloring Page

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Coloring Page

What Readers Are Saying

"It’s official! Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause by Peggy Race has been named a Reading with Your Kids Certified Great Read!

At Reading with Your Kids, we only recommend the best books to read with your kids based on many hours of reading and research so that you can be sure that each one in our list of RWYK Certified Great Read is fantastic and will be worth your time."

--Reading with Your Kids Podcast

"I have received my first copy of Deputy Paws and I'm so excited. This little book is going to be SO useful getting the word out about puppy mills. It covers all the important points in a manner that young children as well as older can benefit from. The message is great and the illustrations are sweet. A big thank you to Peggy Race and Mike Motz. This book needs to be in every Library and on every night stand. I am ordering more and want to do my part to get puppy mills eradicated!"

-- Elda reviewed on Amazon

"Race’s story is upbeat and fun while teaching children and their parents about the plight of puppy mill dogs and encouraging them to adopt from their local shelters instead. Deputy Paws is a marvelous spokesperson, and Mike Motz’s bright and cheerful illustrations certainly do make him and the other dogs kids meet in this story come to life. I love the practical ideas Race provides that everyone can do to help tighten up the regulations on dog breeding and put animals first rather than profits. This book is a marvelous way to approach adopting a new family member with little ones who’ve not interacted with dogs before. Race shows Deputy Paws as a living being with feelings and needs, but also as a potential best friend. Deputy Paws and the Puppy Mill Cause is most highly recommended."

-- Jack Magnus for Reader's Favorite

"If you are a teacher who does a "pet theme", a humane educator that reads books to children to promote healthy relationships with pets, or just a parent who wants their children to love and appreciate all animals- then this book is the one for you!


Peggy Race does an amazing job of educating about the puppy mill industry without being graphic or scary. The rhyming dialogue makes the book a quick read, but touches on the importance of pet adoption and speaking out when you see something that is wrong. This book is a must read for young animal lovers :)

We suggest buying TWO, one for your life and one to be donated to your local school or library!."

--Bailing Out Benji reviewed on Amazon

"Deputy Paws was born in a puppy mill. He didn’t have any freedom to run and play like other dogs get. He was stuck in a small cage and not looked after properly. This fully illustrated children’s book follows his story from a sad and unhappy pup to one full of life in his new home where he is loved. Deputy Paws carries a message of hope for one young dog and an important lesson for us all about the dangers of puppy mills and how to avoid buying dogs that are sold through them."

--Story Monsters Approved Books

"This is a great book with an age appropriate message for kids. I love the story, the illustrations and best of all, I love that there are concrete actions proposed to get kids and families involved in shutting down puppy mills! I highly recommend this book - it makes a great gift and needs to be purchased by libraries, schools, and animal shelters to get this important call to action made public!"

--Ann Marie reviewed on Amazon

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