For ages 5 and up, a beautiful book about bullying and the healing power of love and forgiveness.

Based on the true story of a dog named Towpath.

About Will

Will is a former wildlife biologist who writes and speaks on behalf of all creatures, wild and tame. He and his wife Kathy live in Florida with their wigglebutt pit bull Towpath, and a houseful of former street cats now living the good life indoors.

About Towpath's Tail

Towpath’s Tail is the story of a special pit bull puppy with a magical tail that spreads happiness wherever he goes. But when Towpath’s tail is suddenly stolen by an angry young boy, his friends all abandon him. Towpath’s only hope comes from the kindness of a young stranger who helps him regain the magic, despite his stubby new tail. And when Towpath finally happens again upon the bully who stole his tail, we discover that Towpath’s magic was not in his tail after all, but in his heart.

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Praise for Will’s Work

“Science writing at its best. Big, fierce animals have a noble champion in William Stolzenburg.”

—Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

“He’s a master storyteller who weaves tales packed with swashbuckling adventure.”


“This is one stirring account of one stirring journey—the trek of a fellow creature through a hostile, manmade world—and through our imaginations.”

—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

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