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The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,036 ratings  ·  339 reviews
• A fascinating true tale: When city girl Shreve Stockton set out to ride her Vespa from San Francisco to New York, she never imagined she’d end up staying in Wyoming, falling in love with a trapper, and working as a ranch hand. Nor could she have forseen meeting Charlie, the orphaned coyote pup who made Stockton’s log cabin his home. In a wor ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2008)
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Cameron
I delighted in this story of raising a coyote pup and was thoroughly envious of the wonderful photography included. Though Shreve made no bones about the challenges involved in raising little Charlie, I was immediately enamored of the idea. Having long felt an affiliation for the trickster, this story immediately appealed to me, but I was also engaged by Shreve's conversational tone, her musings, and her relations of the Wyoming life in which she found herself. Beyond the heart warming story of ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The greatest thing about this book is the photos. Charlie is the star of the show, and Shreve has captured him in all of his moods and stages of development. She has a degree in photography, and the pictures are delightful.

It would be easy enough to nitpick about the flaws in this book, but I won't do it because it seems like too much of a cheap shot. The author never intended to write a book. She was approached by publishers and she gamely stepped up to the challenge, with a six-month deadline
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Kathrynn
Apr 29, 2010 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Mosspelt
Delightful book! This is a year in the life of Shreve Stockton while struggling to survive in the harsh elements of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. The timeframe is from April to April, and depicts the author's life with a coyote puppy she named Charlie: How they loved and cared for each other. How they reached an understanding; and how she stablished who was boss of the house. Shreve also found love in Wyoming--the human kind. She shares abit about her relationship and struggles with Mike and his job as a ...more
Brittany
I loved this book beyond the boundaries of all reason. I think it was a case of the exact right book hitting me at the exact right time.

I picked this up from a Borders going-out-of-business sale. Those are always fun because you never know what you'll find. I'd heard about this book, but I'm not sure I would have read it if I hadn't been able to flip through it and have the photos completely suck me in.

Shreve Stockton is a professional photographer who was, at first, unfathomable to me. Mainly
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Andy Miller
The author, Shreve Stockton, is a young woman who was moving from San Francisco to New York and fell in love with Wyoming during that part of the trip. So she moves to a small, rural town in Wyoming and gradually integrates into the rural Wyoming life. Along the way a friend, who is a paid coyote hunter, gives her an infant coyote pup.

Stockton ends up raising the coyote and the book focuses on that but also includes her descriptions of the rural lifestyle, her teaching experience, her rancher/c
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Kayla
This was an excellent book! And yes I know I say that a lot, but this really is an excellent book. Well worth reading.... chock 'o block full of pictures, funny stories about Charlie, the coyote, and yet still reveals personal things about the author, Sherve Stockton.

This book is about Sherve Stockton, and her life from New York city to the small town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. As she adjusts to life in the far west, she meets Mike, a local small cattle rancher, who works for Wildlife services. Mi
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Allison
I admire the inner strength that she developed during the first year she had Charlie. The book has a strong structure, and I like her voice in general, even if I disagree with some of her "spiritual" ideas. However, I wish she hadn't been in the position that she had to put the book together so quickly (6 months!). The writing just didn't have the polish that makes for a truly great read (I am thinking of Ted Kerasote's "Merle's Door" as an example of great creative nonfiction).
Hopefully there w
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Clare
I am realling enjoying this book by Shreve Stockton. I think the main reason isn't really because of the coyote, but I am enjoying learning about her experience with that.

The main reason is because I can really relate to her relationship with the community and with Mike. I grew up in that environment and have family members just like Mike. I, on the other hand, am more like she is in terms of spirituality and openness to life. I recommend it!
Melissa Harlow
I am often hesitant to review books. My taste and yours may be dramatically different, and I certainly don’t feel that I am the most qualified person around to give others advice what to read, and well, truthfully, I don’t have time to read much—which means I have even less time to sit and write a review. BUT, I have wanted to write a review of this wonderful book for a very long time now.
I’ve done wildlife rehab and have lived with a raccoon in my house and my life for going on five years now,
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Paul Pessolano
This was one of my "must" read books for 2009. There are several reasons why I held this book in such high regard.

1. It is a great story.
2. The pictures are absolutely incredible.
3. It is an ongoing story that the reader can participate in.

Shreve Stockton spent the early parts of her life in New York and California, but found her true love in Wyoming. She settled outside of the town of Ten Sleep which has a population of about 300. She befriended a part time rancher who kills coyotes for the gov
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Lizzie
I bought this book for a friend's Christmas present, but since we still have not been able to visit each other it shall sit on my shelf a while longer, so, why not! (She won't mind.)

I am giving this book one whole extra star just for wish-fulfillment appreciation. I really do appreciate it. I am also recommending that everyone who lives or has lived in New York City read the first chapter or two of this book. It's not that the rest of it isn't interesting too, but I was so surprised by the setup
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Helen
On a whim, after passing through Wyoming on her way home to New York, Shreve Stockton decides to pack it all in and move to this absolutely foreign place. There, she discovers a life far different from what she had previously known. She finds herself in the role of caregiver of a coyote pup, whom she names Charlie, and begins sending out daily pictures to friends and family. Those e-mails grew into www.dailycoyote.net and later into this book, The Daily Coyote.

While the day to day challenges of
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Holly
It was a wonderful story. Loved Shreve's writing style, it was done in such a way that you didn't want to put the book down. It was differcult at tines to hear how the friend of Shreve's goes out to cull Coyote on a daily basis. I know some people will be up at arms over her choice of taking in a wild animal. I think she did well in taking in Charlie. His best interest were foremost in Shreve's mind. I think Charlie needed food and shelter. He came away with those plus many other things- joy, se ...more
Sarah
I stumbled (almost literally) on the CD at the library when it fell off the shelf I was browsing. It's a fascinating memoir! Former city girl inexplicably is drawn to Wyoming while driving cross country and ends up renting a place almost in the middle of nowhere (Ten Sleep, meaning it was "ten sleeps" from civilization). And wouldn't you know it, she falls in love with a blue-eyed cowboy type (actually, he does coyote management--meaning he kills them for a living) who brings her an orphaned bab ...more
Jackie
I enjoyed reading this one. I doubt that I would have made many of the same decisions that Ms. Stockton made. I could never live my life as she's lived hers. She does express some things that are worth thinking about. Ultimately, though I guess I just sort of think she's devoted more of her life to an animal than another human being; rather than choose to have both people and animals in her life, it seems to be that she's mostly eliminated the people in favor of the animals. In my mind creating ...more
Michelle
I read this book and though I did enjoy the theme of the unusual human-animal relationship, I was frequently distracted by the authors overwhelming opinions on how to live life. I felt the author was extremely hypocritical throughout the book, insisting that those leaving negative comments regarding her Charlie(the coyote) had no right to judge because they didn’t know her or Charlie and there for had no basis for comment. However, she had no quams about judging Mike(her boyfriend) and pointing ...more
Matt
This book centers around the story of the author raising a baby coyote, which is an interesting tale in which she learns much about herself and how we exist in synthesis with others. However, the most compelling part of the story for me is the idea of her leaving city life and moving to a small town in Wyoming, sight unseen. Here, she adjusts to a slower rhythm, a smaller community, and a life lived closer to nature. Her philosophical and psychological reflections that stem from this transition ...more
Kathy
What a story! Even better, it's true. Writer & photographer Shreve Stockton moves from NYC to a tiny town in Wyoming (pop 300) on the spur of the moment because she is blown away by the local scenery on brief trip through the area. She soon meets a man who brings her a 10 day old coyote pup whose parents he has shot while on the job killing coyotes for the state. As a result, every important aspect of her life changes--her profession, her love life, her goals. Not only does Shreve tell the s ...more
Kate
I've been following the daily coyote blog for over a year so I reserved this at the library as soon as it was in the system. I already knew much of Charlie's story but this book really filled in the gaps of the website- especially about MC and how Charlie came to Shreve.

I think the tranformation that Shreve goes through from Charlie's friend to the alpha of the household is inspirational and has implications beyond relationships with pets. It's amazing what she sacrficed and what kind of person
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Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis
The author has such an interesting life. It's pretty hard to believe that anyone would just hop on their Vespa and drive across country, choose a house without seeing it, buy a truck to go back across country and retrieve their belongings, and than adopt an orphaned coyote pup. It would be gobs of fun to be Stockton's friend, as I am sure her life is never boring. The pictures are Wonderful and Charlie's story will certainly draw you in. The author makes no sweeping gestures about adopting a coy ...more
C.W. Lovatt
At times Stockton has a gift for the descriptive that borders on the poetic in a way that is not dissimilar to Pat Conroy. Looking at Wyoming sunrises, or Charlie's exuberant zest for life through her eyes was worth the read all on its own. However, at other times the narration breaks down with annoying repetition and confusing lines of thought, making her arguments unconvincing. Her judgement of Mike, for instance, and the trouble she deems he was having over his daughter's death told me more a ...more
Vickie
This book first caught my attention because it takes place in Wyoming. The author felt drawn to the land when passing through on a cross country trip. I experienced the same attraction but unlike the author I was not brave enough to move there and live with the cold, cold winters.
This is not a Disney story. Shreve Stockton writes about the how hard it can be to bring a wild animal into a domestic setting. What I really liked about the book is that along with the story of Charlie you get a litt
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Cathy
The beginning of the book was a little bit slow, but once Charlie came into the picture, naturally I could not put it down. :) I was intrigued by Shreve's life and her experiences with Charlie. Part of me is completely jealous of Shreve and her Wyoming life!! Reading about her daily rituals of stoking the fire in her one-room cabin, and her daily hikes with Charlie, fascinated me and made me nostalgic/dreamy. Other readers may find it a bit repetitive, but I did not. I also enjoyed Shreve's phil ...more
L.
I read the author's blog about Charlie regularly and a friend bought me this book for Christmas. I now have a clearer view of how this relationship evolved. The most interesting bit is when the author and Charlie tussle over who is the alpha, and why. Animals are so much smarter than we ever give them credit for.

Except maybe cows and sheep--they don't inspire me with their overall intelligence.

But I digress. Stockton is a little woo-woo spiritual for me, but I love her voice and her sensibility.
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Stephanie
Apr 22, 2010 Stephanie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Younger Adult Women
Shelves: outdoor-books
Shreve's book had me hooked right off the bat - of course I came to reading her book after following her blog. I was rather amused by her POV of being a "City Girl from New York" transplanting herself to Wyoming. Her observations were fascinating to me. The of course the story of Charlie is one to pull heart strings. I love how confident she is with herself, and I think alot of girls could benefit from the lessons and strength she has to offer. Enjoyed the book as a whole but felt that there wer ...more
Jessica Smith
The beginning was great. I loved the descriptions of the little town she was living in. She is such a jerk to her boyfriend though! I couldn't get over how awful she treated him. It made it worse that she actually believed she was 'the bigger person.' So, that made me upset and I skimmed the last 30 pages or so of the book. Not sure I agree with how she handled everything taking care of the coyote. And she got really repetitive and emotional throughout. Really, the only reason this is rated a 2 ...more
Rachael
First, I should say that I've never read the blog. From just the book, I found it hard to relate to the author, and the book is mostly about her. Each chapter is a month in her first year raising Charlie, the coyote. There is little structure within each chapter, though, and so the story does not really unfold in a way that made sense to me. It also seems like she may have been attempting to create a plot where there wasn't really one - this might be something her editor made her do. The photos ...more
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The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton is a great story about the incredible life of Shreve Stockton. Shreve decides that she doesn't like how her life in the big city is so she decides to move out into Wyoming. Once she gets to Wyoming she moves into a small cabin and her new boyfriend comes to visit her often. Her boyfriend is a coyote hunter but one day felt compelled to save a baby coyote and decided that Shreve woul
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Cindy Dyson Eitelman
(Wish I could do half stars--this should be 3-1/2.)

It's been a while since I've gotten so emotionally involved with a book. I didn't take it to work with me--that would have been too much temptation--so I looked forward every day to coming home to it. But by the time I got all the necessary house work done--dog walking, dishes, helping teenagers with the sewing machine--I only had time to read a short section before bedtime. That made it last a long time for such a short book.

On the other hand,
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Lorie
Very nice read for those who love the mountains, rough living and animals. I found her imagery very nice...for several days I lived in the mountains near a tiny town and struggled with vagaries of weather while thriving on the wonder of the natural world. But it is her photography that I found most stunning! Just beautiful work! (this is, btw, nonfiction about a woman who by happenstance ends up taking in an orphaned coyote pup)
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In 2005, I had plans to move from San Francisco back to New York City - plans that were derailed when I rode through Wyoming and fell in love with this place. I went on to New York, but a month later turned around, returned to Wyoming, a
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