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This was one of the most traumatizing books I've read in a long time. I wanted to get a peek into the head of the woman who currently runs the PAWS Sanctuary that is so much in the news recently, and damn, this does that for certain. First, whatever else it may be, it is beautiful -- the writing is some of the best I've seen in an animal trainer's book (probably helped that she had the pen of an experienced fantasy novelist to support her). This is the first trainer's book that did no sugar-coat ...more
I had the good fortune to know Pat Derby for 20+ years before she died a few years ago. I loved her spirit and her dedication to animals. This book is the story of how she came to devote her life to animals she rescued from circuses, zoos and parts of the entertainment industry. In it you will get to know some of the animals, like Chauncey, the Mercury cougar, and Sweet William, the badly abused bear she saved. She was my animal hero. Her legacy lives on with her partner, Ed Stewart, who still r ...more
This book broke my heart. I have never felt so frustrated, helpless, and lost while reading. Pat Derby is brutally honest about the mistakes she made and the horrors she witnessed throughout her career. I felt like I was with her every step of the way.
Jun 26, 2020 Arska-täti rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Sydäntä riipaiseva kertomus naisesta, joka yrittää tehdä parhaansa villieläinten hyväksi aikana, jolloin suurin osa ihmisistä halusi (ja todennäköisesti haluaa edelleen) vain tappaa ne. Mietin monta kertaa lukemisen aikana, voiko kaikki tämä edes olla totta, mutta toisaalta, kun tietää mitä tänä päivänä amerikkalaiset ihmiset tekevät toisilleen, ei tarvitse yhtään epäillä, miten hirvittävillä tavoilla he voivat kohdella eläimiä. Tällaiset kertomukset saavat minut voimaan pahoin ja olemaan entist ...more
I bought this book when we were at the animal preserve in San Andreas that Pat Derby is affiliated with. She was actually present at the open house we attended and autographed my book. The book covers her childhood in England and then her early years as an animal trainer. I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I expected do. The book I bought is kind of low quality paper with tiny print and it has a different cover than the one pictured here. I was curious after visiting the preserve and listenin ...more
(Non-fiction 1976) Pat Derby, current co-owner of PAWS, tells her life story and learned lessons in caring for wild animals up to 1978. There's a lot of anger in this book, and a lot of stories about the journeys animal rights have travelled. I'd like to read a more current book covering her life in Galt and San Andreas. It's a little, tiny book.
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