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Circling the Waggins: How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness

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A dog lover's true life adventure: Two middle aged women maneuver through one unexpected pet debacle after another in a rugged and isolated cabin in a National Park. They emerge from a dark and difficult time as they discover that even the tiniest of lives is precious; heartache and joy go hand-in-hand, and love is an eternal circle of wagging tails.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 20th 2012 by Barking Planet Productions (first published July 16th 2012)
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Jennifer Priester
I really loved this book, and at this time, 4/17/13, Circling the Waggins is my favorite nonfiction book as well as one of the best books I have ever read!
Although there are some sad moments, much of the book is really funny. I love how the book is told in present tense as if everything is happening now and brings you right into the moment with the author.
I found myself able to identify with many of the problems and joys the author has with her pets throughout the book. While I was reading I o
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Lianne Simon
Jul 11, 2015 Lianne Simon rated it it was amazing
Circling the Waggins warmed this cat lover's heart.

It's not a literary masterpiece, but if there's any animal lover in you, read this book. Cayr treats her pets the way many of us would like to--with the self-sacrificial love we often don't even show to other humans.

The author presents a first-hand account of her relationships with rescue animals over the years. Raising the little ones. Taking care of the sick, the infirm, and the aged. Mourning the dead. A little help and a lot of love from her
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Cayr
Jul 17, 2012 Cayr added it  ·  (Review from the author)
More than twenty years of performing pet rescues could wear anyone down. Especially when the pets that end up being permanent residents in your home are the most irascible, insane and ridiculously un-adoptable pets known to man.

That’s the premise of Circling the Waggins; How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness by C.A.Wulff, released from Barking Planet Productions.

Circling the Waggins follows two middle aged women as they maneuver through one unexpected pet debacle after another in a
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Bob Tarte
Oct 26, 2012 Bob Tarte rated it it was amazing
There’s a lot more to living with dogs than wet noses and going walkies. Cayr Ariel Wulff entertainingly chronicles the rocky flip side of pet care in "Circling the Waggins," a heroic tale of triumph over turmoil and exhaustion. Wulff and her companion Dalene take in the misfits that have defeated lesser souls, including genius behemoth Waldo – a 75-pound golden/boxer mix with equal parts brains and brawn – an exuberant but mentally challenged Shih-tzu/Chihuahua named Rocket Boy, plus three more ...more
Kelley
Nov 01, 2012 Kelley rated it really liked it
This book is for anyone who is a pet person, especially a dog person. It's always nice to read about how crazy other people are with their dogs to know that you are still considered completely sane in this realm of dog ownership. I didn't like the comment about spaying and neutering. Yes we have pet over population, yes we have puppy mills, yes there are loads of irresponsible breeders, and most dogs and cats should be spayed or neutered.
The quote on the very last page is so true and wonderful.
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Robert
Oct 31, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing
This is an intimate, honest, and touching journey of the heart as told by a dedicated pet-loving woman. Cayr Ariel Wulff shares her experiences, concerns and deep emotions with the reader.

The setting is a cabin-home in a national park forest. The characters are several adopted dogs, cats, and, for a while, domestic mice -- and two compassionate women. From the snows of winter, to the Halloween costume parades, this is a world founded on the love of dogs.

The candor and honesty of this biography i
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Kelly Meister
Jan 03, 2013 Kelly Meister rated it it was amazing
In this heart-warming sequel to her debut memoir (Born Without a Tail), C.A. Wulff describes in hilarious detail the gang of animals who color her world and keep her sane. From lovable mutt Waldo (one of five dogs!) who appears to be both a dunce and a genius, to the trio of cats who try her patience by leaving their mark (and their footprints) in all the wrong places, to the rapidly-multiplying rescued feeder mice that she finds herself emotionally attached to, Wulff’s deft writing touch makes ...more
Scorpio
Mar 30, 2013 Scorpio rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book about this misfit author and her experience with her misfit pets. It's both funny and sad, but I found myself laughing more often than not. Liked this book much better than her first book, and came away from it feeling like I knew all the pets myself.
Marcel
Oct 27, 2012 Marcel rated it it was amazing
Delightful, especially for animal lovers, but an absolute MUST READ for dog owners and anyone who is thinking about adding a dog to the family.
Richard Stephens
May 20, 2013 Richard Stephens rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Cayr's story is proof that through love and laughter, animals can heal the human mind and body.
Mdolfan
Dec 11, 2012 Mdolfan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
nice read for an animal lover.
Kathy Govreau
Jan 04, 2015 Kathy Govreau rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book!
Karen
Sep 11, 2013 Karen added it
I really enjoyed this book, and I was happy to read about more than just cars and dogs. The mice were definitely interesting. The author goes above and beyond for her pets. I'm glad there are rescue people out there like this.
Friends Planet
Nov 05, 2012 Friends Planet rated it did not like it
Very disappointed.I found this book poorly written and not insightful. Did not get the sense that the love for pets was genuine and the constant reference to her personal issues was overbearing.
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Feb 25, 2015 Polly rated it really liked it
LOVED this book. These ladies love dogs as much as we do. I saw myself in this lady.
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Cayr Ariel Wulff is a native Ohioan. She is an artist, author and animal advocate, with a graphic design background. She worked in the comic book field as an inker and letterer before authoring three books: Born Without a Tail , and Circling the Waggins: How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me From Bewilderness both memoirs of her years in companion animal rescue, and How to Change the World in 30 Seconds: ...more
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