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Donna Hughes Wins 2015 Canine Freedom Musician Award

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Donna Hughes 2 CDsMulti-award winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights Activist, Donna Hughes has won the 2015 Canine Freedom Award in the Musician category from Dogs Deserve Better - a nonprofit organization that has been freeing chained dogs since 2002. For a complete list of winners of the 2015 Canine Freedom Awards, please visit www.dogsdeservebetter.org.

Dogs Deserve Better announced, “Each year, more laws are made limiting or banning chaining, and more groups get involved in making a difference for chained dogs. These formerly forgotten dogs' plights are written about, their rescues applauded. While we spend so much time focusing on the negative and harsh realities involved in the fight to free Man's Best Friends from chains, we realized we need to take a moment to celebrate the good, too. There are so many people who have stepped up to make a difference on behalf of chained dogs, who have come together to fight for them and say 'No More.”

Donna Hughes’ original song, "Dog On A 10 Foot Chain" has certainly caught the attention of people around the world as she brings important awareness to dogs being kept on chains and living a life of suffering. The heart-wrenching tune appears in different two versions on her current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The song has received significant airplay, reaching #1 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart and appearing on AirPlay Direct’s Global Radio Indicator Chart's Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Singles. Due to the heart-wrenching lyrics and video for “Dog On A 10’ Chain”, Hughes has since penned a happy follow up song, “One Less Dog In the Cold” that can be viewed on YouTube.

“Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” appears on both of Donna’s current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The dog song, along with three of her other originals (“Gone,” “The Red Oak Tree,” and “Where The Good Daddies Go”) have been nominated for Strictly Country’s 20th Annual Spirit Awards in the Song of the Year category.“Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” appears on both of Donna’s current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The dog song, along with three of her other originals (“Gone,” “The Red Oak Tree,” and “Where The Good Daddies Go”) have been nominated for Strictly Country’s 20th Annual Spirit Awards in the Song of the Year category.

The Animal Rights Advocate continues her passionate mission to change tethering laws around the country. Hughes recently launched a Change.org petition to change tethering laws around the country and in her home state of North Carolina. Her grassroots efforts through social media have also made an impact and caught the attention of high profile celebrities, especially on Twitter, who are now lending their support.

Donna Hughes, along with the award-winning talents of Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Brink Brinkman, and Jenee Fleenor, will be judging a new Songwriting Contest hosted by Dogs Deserve Better. For more information including prizes to be award, please visit dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2015.

Donna Hughes’ music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and many more outlets. For more information on her vast catalog of original music, please visit DonnaHughes.com. Fans are invited to join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, and many more sites.

Lyrics to “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain”

Nothing to look forward to
Watching cars go by all day
Nothing to play with, nothing to do
Shivering in the cold hard rain

They forget to bring me water
They forget that I am here
They don’t know how smart I am
They don’t even see my tears

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be....a dog on a 10 foot chain

Sometimes it’s hard to stay cool
On a blazing hot summer day
I dream of crossing the stream
And catching a fish as the sunlight fades

It’s hard to stay warm in the winter
Some nights it’s hard to be strong
I dream of chasing butterflies
And rabbits all day long

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be....a dog on a 10 foot chain

The world is big and beautiful
But I’ll never see it all
Maybe when I go to Heaven
Someone will love me and throw me a big red ball

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be......a dog on a 10 foot chain

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