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Launch Your Dog's Literary Career AND Donate to CHE!
Author and Dog Lover, Sheila Boneham, Ph.D. You can support canine health and win your dog a cameo role in The Money Bird, the second book in long-time dog lover and author, Sheila Webster Boneham's "Animals in Focus" mystery series, featuring animal photographer Janet McPhail and her intrepid dog, Jay.

By buying raffle tickets by June 8, 2012, you will both make a donation to CHE and automatically enter the raffle for the Money Bird cameo. Each ticket will give you another chance to win; you can enter as many times as you like. ALL proceeds from this raffle will go directly to canine health research and dog owner education.

The drawing will be held Friday, June 8, 2012 at the SBGRC Agility Trial, Starhill Athletic Center, Tolland, CT. If you win, you will provide your dog's call name and description (see Contest Rules below) to the author no later than June 12, 2012 and she will write your dog into a scene in The Money Bird. You will also receive an autographed copy of the book when it is released.

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More About The Money Bird (working title) Coming Fall 2013!

The Money Bird A wet satchel with a torn hundred-dollar bill and a long red feather in the bottom--animal photographer Janet MacPhail knows they mean trouble when Labrador Retriever, Drake retrieves them during a field training photo shoot. When an illegal shipment of endangered tropical birds is intercepted by police, Janet is sure there's a connection and decides to look into it between dog-training classes, photo assignments, and visits to her mom at Shadetree Retirement. Despite everyone's cautions, Janet sets out with her Australian Shepherd, Jay, to find out what's going on and how it's all linked to a mysterious retreat center near the island. She discovers that crows aren't the only birds linked to murder.

Fellow Author Susan Conant Loves Sheila's First "Animals in Focus" Mystery, Drop Dead on Recall!
"Sheila Boneham's delightful debut mystery combines a likeable sleuth, a keep-'em-guessing plot, and wonderfully authentic portrayals of the human and canine denizens of dogdom. Boneham's knowledgeable, respectful, and loving depictions of dogs are entirely free of the anthropomorphism and sentimentality that often mar writing about animals. First place with a perfect score!" -- Susan Conant, Author of Brute Strength and other novels in the Holly Winter series of Dog Lover's Mysteries

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Drop Dead on Recall Sheila's First Mystery, Drop Dead on Recall Is Coming October 2012!

When a top-ranked competitor keels over at a dog obedience trial, photographer Janet MacPhail is swept up in a maelstrom of suspicion, jealousy, cut-throat competition, death threats, pet-napping, and murder. She becomes a "person of interest" to the police, and apparently to major hunk Tom Saunders as well. As if murder and the threat of impending romance aren't enough to drive her bonkers, Janet has to move her mother into a nursing home, and the old lady isn't going quietly. Janet finds solace in her Australian Shepherd, Jay, her tabby cat, Leo, and her eccentric neighbor, Goldie Sunshine. Then two other "persons of interest" die, Jay's life is threatened, Leo disappears, and Janet's search for the truth threatens to leave her own life underdeveloped - for good. Drop Dead on Recall is a available now for pre-order from

Buy a copy of Drop Dead on Recall through the link below and a donation will be made to CHE!

More about the Author, Sheila Boneham

Award-winning author Sheila Webster Boneham writes fiction and nonfiction, much of it focused on animals, nature, and travel. Rescue Matters: How to Find, Foster, and Rehome Companion Animals: A Guide for Volunteers and Organizers has received high praise as a "must read" for anyone involved with companion animals. Drop Dead on Recall, the first novel in Sheila's new mystery series, features animal photographer Janet MacPhail, her cat Leo, and her Australian Shepherd Jay (who is remarkably like the author's Aussie, Jay!).

Six of Sheila's non-fiction books have been named best in their categories in the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the Cat Writers Association (CWA) annual competitions, and two of her other books and a short story have been finalists. Her short story "Tracks," which features Janet and Jay at the Indianapolis 500 museum, appeared in Racing Can Be Murder and was a finalist in the 2008 DWAA writing competition.

Animals have always been part of Sheila's life. In her teens and twenties she showed horses, and for the past two decades she has been active showing her Australian Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers in various canine sports. She has also bred pups who achieved success in conformation, obedience, rally, stockdog/herding, agility, tracking, flyball, therapy, and, above all, as companions. Many of Sheila's own dogs have competed with her in multiple venues, and have been certified therapy dogs, working in hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers, schools, libraries, and nursing homes.

Sheila has also been involved with rescue for many years, and is the author of some twenty books of non-fiction about dogs, cats, and animal rescue, including Training Your Dog for Life and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Cat.

Sheila holds a doctorate in folklore from Indiana University. For some 15 years, she taught writing, folklore, and literature in the U.S. and the Middle East. She occasionally teaches writing workshops and classes, and is interested in speaking to groups about books, writing, or animal. You can connect with Sheila through her website at or on Facebook at

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Contest Rules
  1. This contest is governed by the CHE Board of Directors. All decisions by the board in regard to this contest are final. No members of the CHE Board of Directors will enter this raffle.
  2. Contestants must purchase tickets via Paypal or by mail to enter this raffle.
  3. Tickets can be purchased ONLY via the PayPal button on this page by 12 noon EDT on 6/8/2012 or via U.S. mail (mail entries must be received by 5/30/2012 at CHE Raffle, P.O. Box 334, Carmel, NY 10512).
  4. Every ticket purchased will be assigned a unique number for the random number draw. Contestants may purchase as many tickets as they want.
  5. Purchaser may purchase on behalf of someone else's dog, BUT the author must receive written permission from the dog's owner before giving the dog the cameo in the book.
  6. The contest closes at 12 noon EDT on June 8, 2012. Purchases of tickets received after that time will be considered a donation to CHE but will not be entered in the contest.
  7. All donors will receive an email from CHE informing them of their ticket numbers and acknowledging their gift which will be suitable for tax record purposes.
  8. CHE is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations may be deductible from US income tax. Check with your tax professional.
  9. A drawing will be held on June 8, 2012, not later than 5:00 pm EDT to select the winner.
  10. Winner and author Sheila Boneham will be notified via e-mail by June 9, 2012.
  11. Winner must provide the following to Dr. Boneham NO LATER THAN June 10, 2012:
    • Owner's name
    • Owner's email address
    • Owner's mailing address
    • Owner's phone number
    • Dog's name
    • If available, dog's registered name with titles if you would like that included (to be used only if it works in the text)
    • Dog's breed (if purebred), breed combinations (if known), color and markings (Photos would be helpful - no more than 3, please!)
    • Tell the author something distinctive about your dog - not to exceed 200 words. (Favorite toy or treat, funny or thrilling behavior, special achievement, etc.)
    • The book features retriever training. The dog does NOT have to appear in any of the water scenes in the book, but let the author know if your dog likes to swim and/or retrieve in water.
    • Do you want the dog's owner to be mentioned in the book? If so, under what name? If you are not the dog's owner, you must provide the author with written permission from the owner before the dog can appear in the book.
    • Dog owner must provide a signed release on a form to be provided by CHE after the drawing and mailed to the author at address she will provide.
  12. First and second runners-up will also be drawn on June 8, 2012. Those names will be held by CHE in case the initial winner fails to provide the release and/or information required as per item #11, above. If that happens, the prize will be transferred to the first runner-up, who must then provide this information within 10 days of e-mail notification. Should the 1st runner-up fail to provide the information, CHE will contact the 2nd runner up, who must provide the information within 10 days of e-mail notification.

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