Share a “Tail”

publish dog storiesLet’s honor your wonderful pets by featuring their stories in a book! Share your pet’s (or foster pet’s) story using the form below.

Here’s the scoop:

What is the acceptable length? Less than 1200 words (we mean it!). We reserve the right to edit your story for readability, shorten it, or only use a part of it for an anecdote section. Conversely, there is no story that is too short for the book.

Which animals are eligible? Any animal who has been found, rescued, or adopted in some manner is eligible for most of our books. Stories about animals purchased from breeders, pet shops, or your neighbors are not appropriate for most of our books because the point is to encourage adoption.

What about foster pets? Send us their stories!

What about mixed-breed animals? We can’t wait to read about them!

What if I have more than one story? Send ‘em all in! (Please submit a separate form for each animal.)

Can I send you photos? If your story is selected for a feature, we’ll contact you for a photo. Professional photographers, if you would like to donate the use of photos for our covers, please contact us.

The best stories are emotional. They make the reader laugh and/or cry. They generally begin with a problem (often the animal is in a bad situation), involve some kind of rescue situation, there are some ups and downs including one main crux, and then the story is resolved and everyone lives happily ever after. This is NOT always the pattern, but most stories we publish resemble this pattern to some extent.

A note about editing: We receive many similar stories that say things like “my dog rescued me,” “it was love at first sight,” and “I’m grateful to XYZ rescue for…” If your story contains wording like this, it is likely that we will remove it to avoid repetition. We will do our best to maintain your sentiments in rewording your thoughts, but it would be best for you to do that yourself before submitting the story. Don’t be afraid to be creative in how you tell your story and share your feelings about your pets! Please also note that we usually do not publish dates unless they are imperative to understanding the meaning of the story, so please leave them out. The reason for this is that without dates, the book remains more timeless.

VISIT OUR FAQ’s page for more details about story submission.

Submit Your Story Here

Please type/paste your story into the box below and fill out the form completely. Every field is mandatory except for those marked “optional.” Incomplete submissions will be discarded.

The confirmation page that comes up after you click “submit” is your receipt. We’ll again contact you within one year if we can include your story in one of our books.

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

If you’re having trouble using this form, please contact us for help.

First Name:*

Last Name:*

Your Email:*

Your Pet's Name:*

Your Pet's Breed or Type:*

Are you submitting your story for one of the following organizations' books?
 Boston Terrier Rescue Team of the Carolinas Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue

Where did you get your pet?

How did you hear about Happy Tails Books?

Would you like your story to be printed anonymously (most people have their names printed):
 Yes No

Please paste your story below. (Do not exceed 1200 words.)

Please read the following release: "LICENSE AND RELEASE I understand that Happy Tails Books, LLC, is collecting information, photographs, materials and personal stories about pets ("Stories") (collectively, "Contributions") in order to make a compilation of such stories for publication and distribution (the "Book(s)"). For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which I hereby acknowledge, I agree as follows.

I, the undersigned ("I" or "Individual"), am giving irrevocable permission to Happy Tails, LLC, its affiliates, licensees, subsidiaries, successors, assigns and agents (collectively, "Happy Tails"), to use, publish, broadcast and publicly display my name, picture and likeness (if applicable), or any material based upon or derived therefrom (“Likeness”), as well as that of my pet animal, anywhere in the world and on the Internet in any manner or media whatsoever for purposes of publishing, distributing, and promoting the Book(s) and any ancillary products or projects related thereto. I hereby grant to Happy Tails an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license anywhere in the world and on the Internet to use, modify, adapt, broadcast, display, transmit, exhibit, project, reproduce, publish, distribute, create derivative works of and to otherwise exploit Contributions that I provide to Happy Tails, in connection with the Book(s) as well as any marketing efforts and ancillary products or projects related thereto.

I attest that I am 18 years old or older and am the sole owner of all rights, title and interest in my Contributions. I have not assigned, transferred, licensed, pledged or otherwise encumbered the copyright(s) in my Contributions. I understand and agree that I may not be given a chance to inspect or approve the Book(s) or the ancillary products or projects, or the promotional or marketing material, messages and/or content related thereto, which may use my Likeness or Contributions. Nothing contained herein will constitute any obligation on the part of Happy Tails to make any use of the rights granted herein.

This License and Release shall be binding on my personal representatives, heirs, successors and assigns. I hereby release Happy Tails from, and covenant not to sue Happy Tails for, any claim or cause of action, whether known or unknown, for libel, slander, defamation, invasion of right of privacy, publicity or personality, copyright infringement, or any other claim or cause of action, based upon or relating to the use of my Likeness or Contributions or the exercise of any of the rights referred to herein.

I represent and warrant that I have had the opportunity to seek the advice and counsel of legal professionals in connection with this License and Release. This License and Release constitutes our entire understanding and agreement with respect to the subject matter hereof and cannot be amended except by a written instrument signed by the parties hereto. This License and Release will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Colorado applicable to contracts wholly negotiated, executed and performed therein.

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