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  • From Wags to Riches
SKU: 9781645383185

From Wags to Riches


From Wags to Riches

Written by Cate Miller

Illustrated by Amy Kleinhans


Animals | Belonging | Children's | Friendship | Girl Power

PB ISBN: 9781645383185

HC ISBN: 9781645384311





From Wags to Riches is a delightful new novel by Cate Miller, author of Everything You Say About Me THAT’S WONDERFUL is True. In it, a sassy Yorkie named Wags escapes from a  dreadful puppy mill and eventually frees all the other dogs. The story for 8- to 12-year-old readers is told with warmth and humor, but also takes on the serious issue of animal welfare. 


Set in the fictional town of Endwell, Wisconsin, the action starts at The Dogg House, a puppy mill where dozens of dogs are housed in despicable conditions. They all want to escape, but only Wags executes a getaway plan that works. 


Her goal is to be adopted by the prominent Tiggywiggle family that owns Frenchy’s Dog Food. The family patriarch, Billy Tiggywiggle, however, hates dogs and forbids them in their home. This is just one of the many hurdles Wags must overcome to break away from the clutches of Francis and Cookie Cruikshank, owners of The Dogg House.


In her adventures, Wags tackles a tricky agility course of obstacles at Frenchy’s Woofstock, an annual dog jamboree on the Tiggywiggle property. It’s the only time dogs are allowed there. Wags cleverly wiggles her way into the affections of Mrs. Hortense Tiggywiggle, Billy’s wife, and the couple’s children, Bea and Auggie. Three screwball characters—Uncle Brambles Wysywyg, a sculptor of dogs; Nomad, a local stray; and Kind Kirby, the senior prisoner of the puppy mill—help in Wags’s pursuit of happiness.





Cate started writing in childhood, first penning scripts for neighborhood puppet shows, later writing and editing student newspapers, and eventually becoming a contributor for Milwaukee Magazine, Shepherd Express, and other newspapers and magazines.


Cate wrote extensively as a public relations, marketing, and fundraising executive for many years. She also edited and published a memoir by Maestro John Anello called Musical Memories, and she was a member of the editing and publishing team for Dreams and Secrets, a book of stories published by Woodland Pattern Bookstore.


Since the early 2000s, Cate has been a cooking instructor for the Milwaukee Department of Recreation, teaching easy, economical, ethnic, and healthy cookery. She also produced cooking events, including the French cooking demonstrations at Bastille Days.


Cate published her first children’s book, Everything You Say About Me THAT’S WONDERFUL is True, in 2019. It’s an A-to-Z prescription for happiness in twenty-six alphabetical poems about positive qualities with diverse and inclusive illustrations by Amy Kleinhans.


Cate has submitted her first play, SHOOT! In Which Mom Shoots Our Nazi Neighbor Heinrich, a comic tribute to her mother, to several local theater companies for their consideration. Her two dogs, Oscar Wild and Señor Alfredo El Bump Butt, are her security forces and blessed companions.



Book Launch Party Information:

Celebrate the launch of "From Wags to Riches" with author Cate Miller!

Entertainment by Chris & Hamlet, the Pomeranian!


DATE: Sunday, May 22, 2022

TIME: 2pm-4pm

LOCATION:  Hounds and Tap Bar and Doggie Playyard (262)293-6100

W175N5645 Technology Dr, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

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