A new 144-page photo-rich book recounting heartwarming stories of animals and their humans in Wallowa County has been published by Wallowa County Humane Society as a fundraiser.
“True Tails: The Human-Animal Partnerships of Wallowa County Oregon” includes the story of a guide-dog who led his blind master on wilderness jaunts, a Yorkie who was lost — and found —in an Alaska snowstorm, a horse who helped restore her owner’s faith in humanity and many other true short tales.
True Tails is illustrated with more than 100 black and white images.
Written and photographed by Oregon Book Award winning author Ellen Morris Bishop, the book also includes a listing of where to find animal supplies and services in Wallowa County, dog-training tips, people-foods to avoid feeding your pet and more. All proceeds from sales of True Tails go to the Wallowa County Humane Society.
“We are indebted to the businesses who sponsored the book, and to all those who shared their incredible stories,” said Carol Vencill, Wallowa County Humane Society President. “It’s a beautiful book, and it is going to help us keep a steady stream of funding coming in to continue our work with animals and our community.”
Bishop volunteered all of her time to write, photograph and publish the book.
“When I started the project more than a year ago, I thought it might take three months to finish,” she said. “But there were lots of stories, and then other things intervened. It has been fun to work on. I’ve met many extraordinary people and incredible animals.”
The book will be available on or before Dec. 15 at The Bookloft, Grain Growers and Deb’s Apparel, where Simba will pawtograph your copy in Enterprise. In Joseph, Copper Creek Mercantile, The Josephy Center, and The Dog Spot will carry it. Main Street Feed and Supply will sell it in Wallowa.
The Bookloft in Enterprise will host a book signing and “pawtographing” event 4-6 p.m. with refreshments provided by Humane Society volunteers. Bishop and several dogs featured in the book will sign and pawtograph copies.
The book will also be featured in a signing event at the opening night of The Josephy Center’s upcoming exhibit, “Puppy Love,” on Jan. 4, 2018.