Billy the Rescue Dog

Meet Billy

Billy the Rescue Dog is the true story of Billy, a Treeing Walker Coonhound. It tells of his rescue by PAWS New England, and his new life on Maggie’s Farm in Rhode Island with Susan and Cherisse; a black Lab named Oliver; two cats, Luke and Hazel; three goats, Aria, Gus and Gwendolyn; and 18 unnamed but well-loved chickens.

Billy adjusts to life with many animals and learns that he is safe and loved. As he gains confidence, Billy begins to find things around his new home, and his tracking skills become critically important when a chicken goes missing.

Written by Susan Joyce, illustrated by Thea Ernest (, and designed by Jeanette Chow.


Thanks to everyone sending photos and videos of cute kids (and dogs), and for the rave reviews. We love hearing that Billy the Rescue Dog is a repeat request for story time. Here are a few comments (and please share yours below):

“The boys loved it and said ‘Billy is SO cute!'”

“Just received and read Billy the Rescue Dog to my family….LOVED it.”

“I have fallen in love with Billy. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story. It warmed my heart and just makes you feel so good inside.” 

“I love it. I just ordered two more. What a fabulous story and beautiful artwork.”

Billy the Rescue Dog

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Billy Greeting Card Set

Assorted 4-pack of 5″x7″ cards with envelopes. Free shipping in the U.S.


Product Details:

Format: Hardcover
Size: 10.5″w x 8.5″h
ISBN: 978-1-7367212-0-9
LCCN: 2021903871
Pages: 32
Price: $18.95
Ages: 3–7
Publisher: Maggie’s Farm Press
Published: July 1, 2021

Available at:

Books on the Square
471 Angell Street, Providence, RI

Stillwater Books
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI

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After we have recouped our costs, we will donate 5% of our profits to PAWS New England, the rescue organization responsible for saving Billy and so many other dogs. This organization works tirelessly to provide loving homes for wonderful dogs who might otherwise be euthanized. Many dogs in their care—like Billy—have medical issues due to neglect or abuse that need to be treated before they move to foster care. Fostering is an important step in the dog’s journey to a happy life. The foster parent is able to learn the dog’s needs and relay this information to the adopting family, helping to ensure a perfect fit.

3 thoughts on “Billy the Rescue Dog

  1. We have given this incredibly wonderful book to many young families and everyone has been delighted with this heartwarming story. I recommend this book to any and all. It will bring a smile to your face!

  2. Ages 3 -7? I’m in my 70’s and love the story and illustrations. (Of course I also live with a Treeing Walker rescue hound.) I recommend this book to all hound lovers, with or without kids.

  3. This was a lovely book about how a dog who was rescued ends up rescuing another animal. It was a very heart warming story!

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