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A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Lifeby Steven Kotler
Synopses & Reviews
Dog rescue is one of the largest underground movements in America. It is also one of the least understood. This insider look at the culture of dog rescue begins with Kotler's personal experience working with an ever-peculiar pack of dogs and becomes a much deeper investigation into exactly what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged, in the end showing why living in a world of dogs may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human.
Praise for A Small Furry Prayer:
"It's amazing and also very encouraging to find a book like this one, filled with original thought and plenty of new information. And if that's not enough, it's a great read, a real page-turner. I strongly recommend it to anyone." -Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
"This gritty journey into ‚'a world made of dog' is unlike any dog story you've ever read." -Christian Science Monitor
"Anyone who is interested in the human-animal connection, the bond that we feel with our dogs, will find this book fascinating. It's almost a guarantee that you will look at your dog in a totally different way." -San Francisco Examiner
"Joyous…Brimming with humor, gratitude, and grace, this is a remarkable story." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Steven Kotler was forty years old and facing an existential crisis when he met Joy, a woman devoted to canine rescue. "Love me, love my dogs," was her rule, and Steven took it to heart. Together with their pack of eight dogs-then fifteen dogs, then twenty-five dogs, then, well, they lost count-Steven and Joy bought a tiny farm in rural New Mexico and started the Rancho de Chihuahua, a sanctuary for dogs with special needs. This insider look at the cult and culture of dog rescue begins with Kotler's personal experience working with an ever-peculiar pack of dogs and becomes a much deeper investigation into exactly what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged. Kotler combs through every aspect of canine-human relations and includes brand new research into the neuroscience of canine companionship. In the end, he discovers why living in a world of dogs may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human.
About the Author
Steven Kotler is the author of the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and the non-fiction West of Jesus, a 2006 PEN West finalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, Discover, Popular Science, Details, Outside, National Geographic, and elsewhere, and he writes "The Playing Field," a blog about the science of sport for PsychologyToday.com. Kotler runs the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary with his wife in New Mexico.
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