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Separate Lifetimes

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Now in its third printing, this collection of essays about living with animals, and coping with their loss, is "a joy for any nature or animal lover." (Roger Caras, President, ASPCA).
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Published November 1st 1986 by J.N. Townsend Publishing
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Christi Poulsom
Nov 06, 2016 Christi Poulsom rated it it was amazing
I am read this book slowly, not because it is hard to read but because I want to savour it. The essays are moving and full of love. I got it shipped over from America, and would have paid twice as much again just for the Once Again Prince. If you love animals and have a shred of humanity buried deep within your soul you will love this book. You can now buy the book from 'Books for Animal Lovers';, but you will need to buy your box of tissues elsewhere.
TurtleneckGirl
Apr 22, 2009 TurtleneckGirl rated it really liked it
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Beautiful collection of essays on loving and living with animals. Mr. Townsend, who died almost thirty years ago, may be most readily recognized in the following quote, found in his essay, "The Once Again Prince."
"We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our
own, live within a fragile circle,
easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we would still live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only
certain immortality, never fully
understanding the
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Pat Padden
Dec 16, 2013 Pat Padden rated it it was amazing

This is a wonderful little book of essays about the special places that our animal companions fill in our lives - so wonderful that Kinky Friedman took a portion of the book's final piece and used it to eulogize his cat Cuddles in his own book, "Elvis, Jesus, and Coca Cola". Cuddles had been a character in Friedman's sardonic, streetwise NYC mysteries for many years, and the excerpt from Irving Townsend's moving tribute to his own much-loved and lamented horse Prince served as an equally touchin
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Denis Simard
This collection ends with what is, perhaps, the most poignant and understanding expression of those of us who live within the "fragile circle" of "We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own." Given to me years ago, by a veterinarian who broke down in tears at the passing of my dog at the time. Re-read this collection many many times over the years, and will continue to do so, especially when the inevitable comes to pass.
Rosemary Bennett
Sep 26, 2013 Rosemary Bennett rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, sensitively written, mostly about the animals he has shared his life with, both domestic and wild animals.
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