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.

Join us for story time and meet the real Billy on Saturday, April 15 from 1-3 p.m. at Ink Fish Books, 488 Main Street, Warren, RI. Susan will be reading the story and signing books!

Reading at the Rogers Free Library, Bristol, RI (thanks to @rhodyfamily for the photo!)

Family Day at the Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA

Jeff Desnoyers and Tiffany Murphy of ABC6 News talk about Billy the Rescue Dog


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 Hardcover Book

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Billy the Rescue Dog Greeting Card Set

5″x7″ greeting cards, blank inside. One each of five designs from the book, Billy the Rescue Dog. Price includes shipping.


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: 2–7
Publisher: Maggie’s Farm Press
Published: July 1, 2021

Available at:


Books on the Square
471 Angell Street, Providence, RI

Ink Fish Books
488 Main Street, Warren, RI

Stillwater Books
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI


Paws on Charles
123 Charles Street, Boston, MA

Riverside Art
1600 Grand Army Hwy, Somerset, MA

Please email

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.

8 thoughts on “Billy the Rescue Dog

  1. I love my Billy the Rescue Dog notecards. Everyone who receives one is thrilled and wants to know more about the illustrations and I love telling them about the book.

  2. Susan! So lovely to see this book. I saw the shout-out in the Alumnae Quarterly. Well done, and thanks for sharing this beautiful story. Hope you and Cherrise are well and happy. All the best, Chelsea Eyre

  3. I have just ordered this book and looking forward to sharing with my Grandchildren! I too have rescued a TWC
    And love that this book is out there!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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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