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For more pics, visit the Day One Archive blog, photo by Joseph Horvath

I’m here for their law. The chained dogs.
(Campaign is over after 54 days as the session ended without the bill passing. Read daily blogs below, and initial letter from Thayne.)

*View News Articles and Videos From the Event*

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those
who do evil, but because of those who look on and
do nothing.”—Albert Einstein

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Open Letter to PA State Senators and House Reps

August 1, 2010

Knock, knock. I’m here for the law for the chained dogs? You’ve probably just been busy. I know how that goes, I’ve been busy too. But thing is, here we are almost at the end of another legislative session, and the dogs still have no law to protect them.

It’s not right.

So I’ve come to remind you.

I’m here for their law.

I intend to stay awhile, and I’m hoping that, together, we can get this thing done. Time is short, and they’ve suffered enough.

Yeah, I know I should be doing other things. A million other things, like having a life, working on other Dogs Deserve Better campaigns. Rescuing chained dogs, one at a time, from those few who see the light or want a convenient place to dump their garbage. Even spending time with my family would be nice. Dinner for Schmucks just came out this week—it looks really funny—and the Carmike near my house has $1.00 sodas on Tuesday.

Brianna's sign

But, I can’t get away from the nagging thought that they’ve still got nothing. We’ve waited six years for a law for them. Through HB1911, HB1065, HB1254, the Casorio/Caltigirone bill we were promised but never materialized this March, and now SB1435. It’s been exhausting!

Still waiting

I see this dog often, still waiting, in Cambria County, PA. To see dogs in many PA counties, visit our Wall of Shame. To submit a photo of a dog for the wall of shame, e-mail it to dogs@dogsdeservebetter.org

And yet, here we are still without a tool to help them, and they are still suffering. Many waited their entire lives for help that never came, and have now turned to dust, having never known a kind word or the kiss of love.

Maybe it doesn’t matter to you, but it matters to me, it matters to the majority of Pennsylvania dog lovers, and most importantly, it matters to them.

Have I mentioned yet how the chained dogs are suffering? As they suffer, I have decided to bring their suffering to you, because maybe you just have been too busy to notice. I'm sure if you did notice it, did comprehend the pain of living as they live day in and day out, you'd have taken the necessary action to end it by now.

As they remain shackled to one grassless spot 24 hours each day, I will stay chained in front of OUR Capitol (Yes, I believe the Capitol belongs to me too) for ten hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. As they go without food and water, so will I fast each day from Monday through Friday. And as they are subjected to the elements, so will I be drenched when it rains, wilt in the summer heat, and shiver in the cold of approaching winter.

So that you may begin to really UNDERSTAND their suffering, I am bringing it to you. Let’s get this thing done. I’m here for their law.Tamira Ci Thayne, founder and CEO, Dogs Deserve Better

P.S. If you're looking for me, I'm the woman chained to the doghouse in front of the Capitol.

Find your Senator and House Rep at: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/
Please contact them TODAY and tell them “I’m here for their law.”
Remember, they work FOR us. Insist that they support SB1435.

I will be actively blogging, facebooking, and tweeting daily from my chain.
To follow me, fan me, or read the nightly blog, check out the links below:

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Can you donate for this campaign which aims to save tens of thousands of dogs from life at the end of the chain? To donate by phone, call 814.941.7447.

Dogs Deserve Better is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
To donate by mail, send check made out to Dogs Deserve Better,
P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684

*News Articles and Video Page*

Media Release: Woman Undertakes 4-Day Silent Fast While Chained to Doghouse on Harrisburg Capitol Steps

Final Media Release: Woman spends 52 days chained to doghouse on Steps of Pennyslvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

Daily Blog Posts Archive

Day One, August 2, 2010: Thayne's On a Chain. A-Gain.

Day Two, August 3, 2010: My Mission, Should I Choose to Accept It

Day Three, August 4, 2010: Gone and Done It

Day Four, August 5, 2010: Dichotomy in Treatment

Day Five, August 6, 2010: This is What a Law Does

Day Six, August 9, 2010: When a Cicada is the Most Interesting Part

Day Seven, August 10, 2010: I Wrote You a Peom

Day Eight, August 11, 2010: It's All About the Weather

Day Nine, August 12, 2010: I Bit a Child Today

Day Ten, August 13, 2010: Watch the Video to See Why

Day Eleven, August 16, 2010: I'm All About the Eleven

Day Twelve, August 17, 2010: Taking it to the Ag Committee

Day Thirteen, August 18, 2010: Who Do We Want to Be?

Day Fourteen, August 19, 2010: A Vision for Chained Dogs

Day Fifteen, August 20, 2010: Would Jesus Chain His Dogs?

Day Sixteen, August 23, 2010: Let Me Entertain You

Day Seventeen, August 24, 2010: I've Got MAIL!

Day Eighteen, August 25, 2010: We've Got to 'Bru' it UP!

Day Nineteen, August 26, 2010: I Just Want to Play (and So do They)

Day Twenty, August 27, 2010: 200 Hours on a Chain

Day Twenty-One, August 30, 2010: 21 Was Not my Lucky Number

Day Twenty-Two, August 31, 2010: It's a No Brainer

Day Twenty-Three, September 1, 2010: Yes, Mike, I Am a Veteran

Day Twenty-Four, September 2, 2010: I Hit the Wall Today

Day Twenty-Five, September 3, 2010: A Long, Hard Week

Day Twenty-Six, September 6, 2010: Doghouse Goes Mobile!

Media Release: Woman Undertakes 4-Day Silent Fast While Chained to Doghouse on Harrisburg Capitol Steps

Days Twenty-Seven through Thirty, September 7-10, 2010: Silent Vigil

Day Thirty-One, September 13, 2010: Rally at the Capitol

Day Thirty-Two, September 14, 2010: Cruelty to Humans

Day Thirty-Three, September 15, 2010: Meeting Brubaker

Day Thirty-Four, September 16, 2010: Fell Over in Exhaustion

Day Thirty-Five, September 17, 2010: Guest Blog by Gordon Bakalar

Day Thirty-Six, September 20, 2010: Bite the Hand that Feeds You

Day Thirty-Seven, September 21, 2010: Throw Us a Bone

Day Thirty-Eight, September 22, 2010: Senators in Training

Day Thirty-Nine, September 23, 2010: What is Crazy, Anyway?

Day Forty, September 24, 2010: A Trip and Two Guest Blogs

Day Forty-One, September 27, 2010: Guests in the Rain

Day Day Forty-Two, September 28, 2010: More Guest Bloggers

Day Forty-Three, September 29, 2010: Don't Drag Me Back to that Chain!

Day Forty-Four, September 30, 2010: Chained in the Rain; For Dogs

Day Forty-Six, October 4, 2010: Where Liberty Dwells...

Day Forty-Seven, October 5, 2010: Top Ten Most Annoying Things People Say to Me While I'm On This Chain

Day Forty-Eight, October 6, 2010: Now for the Top Ten Gratitude List

Day Forty-Nine, October 7, 2010: Pitbulls and Chains

Day Fifty, October 8, 2010: Escaping my Chain

Day Fifty-One, October 11, 2010: Those Crazy Holidays

Day Fifty-Two, October 12, 2010: Announcement, Will Leave in Two Days

Day Fifty-Three, October 13, 2010: Who's Afraid of Failure?

Day Fifty-Four, October 14, 2010: I Am Gone

*News Articles and Video Page*

Final Media Release: Woman spends 52 days chained to doghouse on Steps of Pennyslvania State Capitol in Harrisburg







Important Links

Find your Senator
or House Rep, and tell him/her "I'm here for their law"

Read the full text of SB1435

website for more info and
to join the Coalition

Download the Legislation
History flyer for Pennsylvania's
chaining legislation in .pdf

Download Tamira Ci Thayne's
Open Letter to the PA State Senators and House Reps

Visit the Dogs Deserve Better Pennsylvania Wall of Shame page to see chained dogs from many counties who still wait for a law

Get active in your community
with this form, collect signatures and addresses to give to your local reps, mail to DDB for coalition building

Can you donate for this
life-saving campaign?

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Books by Tamira Thayne

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Unchain My Heart

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Contact Info: Dogs Deserve Better, Inc. • P.O. Box 23 • Tipton, PA 16684 • Toll Free 1.877.636.1408 • 814.941.7447
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