BOOKS: Unlikely Loves

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Unlikely Loves by Jennifer S. Holland Workman Publishing (225 Varick St.,  9th floor,  New York,  NY  10014), 2013.   221 pages,  paperback.  $13.95.   

Jennifer Holland in Unlikely Loves follows up her 2011 best-seller Unlikely Friendships with 43 more amazing cross-species love stories,  including those of a stray cat named Arthur who befriended a dolphin named Thunder at the Theater of the Sea marine park in the Florida Keys,  and a giraffe named Camilla whose devoted companion at a sanctuary in South Africa is a kudu.        ––Debra J. White

BOOKS— Wolves in Ireland: A Natural and Cultural History

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Wolves in Ireland:   A Natural and Cultural History  by Kieran Hickey Four Courts Press (7 Malpas Street,  Dublin 8,  Ireland);  in U.S. c/o ISBS,  920 NE 58th Ave.,  Suite 300,  Portland,  OR  97213),  2011.  155 pages,  hardcover.  $45.00.

National University of Ireland geography lecturer Kieran Hickey in Wolves in Ireland assembles apparently every extant scrap of information available in ancient manuscripts and public records to make a case that wolves had a formative role in shaping Irish culture.   Read more

BOOKS: The Second Chance Dog

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

The Second Chance Dog  by Jon Katz Ballantine Books (1745 Broadway,  New York,  NY 10019),  2013. 267 pages,  hardcover.  $25.00.

The Second Chance Dog may be the last of Jon Katz’ many successful dog stories written from Bedlam Farm in Hebron,  New York,  on the far side of a couple of hills from the original ANIMAL PEOPLE office near Shushan;  Katz in mid-2013 listed his renovated 1862 farmhouse and acreage for sale at $450,000.  Read more

BOOKS: Weekends with Daisy

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Weekends with Daisy  by Sharron Kahn Luttrell Simon & Schuster (1230 Ave. of the Americas,  New York,   NY  10020),  2013.  311 pages,  hardcover.  $26.00.

Weekends with Daisy is a journey into the care and training of puppies who will be placed with disabled people.  Before service dogs enter advanced training,  they live with foster parents for socialization,  housebreaking,  and introduction to public places including airports,  bus stations,  and shopping centers.  Read more

Letters [October 2013]

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Letters

Economics & truth

I am delighted that Edwin Wiek and his wife Jansaeng Sangnanork of the Bangkok charity Wildlife Friends have been cleared of all of the spurious charges pending against them since February 2012,  as reported in your September 2013 edition. That the first court to hear the case could automatically believe that the words of a government official could be assumed to be true without checking is indeed laughable. Here in India the police,  wildlife officials,  and other government officials,  including the Central Bureau of Investigations have been found to be economical with the truth on many occasions. ––S. Chinny Krishna,  vice chair,  Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai,  India <drkrishna@aspick.com> Read more

Fix pets first, says founder of successful neuter/return projects in Turkey & Romania

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

I read the September 2013 ANIMAL PEOPLE editorial feature “Successful neuter/return must recognize reality” with interest and agree with much of what you say,  especially the bit about how difficult it is,  probably impossible,  to transfer a privately funded neuter/return project successfully to municipal funding and management,  as we tried to do here in Oradea,  Romania.  But one important point occurs to me. Read more

Stop dogfighting by addressing supply side economics

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Police in Montgomery,  Alabama on October 1,  2013 took custody of the last 16 of at least 386 pit bulls who were impounded after raids in August 2013 on an alleged multistate dogfighting ring.  Thirteen defendants,  from Alabama,  Georgia,  Mississippi,   and Texas,  are facing related charges. Initiated by the Auburn,  Alabama police department,  the investigation and impoundments were assisted by at least 15 humane organizations,  both locally and nationwide.   Read more

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