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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (March 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419664360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419664366
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,433,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Born Without a Tail captures the real scenario of those people who simply find it impossible to turn away, or say no to, a stray or an animal in need of human intervention and love. Wulff writes with an imagery that is easily visualized by the reader. Anyone who enjoys animals in the least will appreciate Wulff's adventures with these four-legged creatures." -- Brecksville Magazine

"If you [also] love animals, I can guarantee you will adore this gem. The love Cayr and her friend, Dalene, have for these animals is clearly portrayed in this moving yet uplifting book. They are animal lovers with big hearts for not only domestic animals but for the waifs and strays too. I couldn't put this one down. I thought it was an absolutely brilliant book, especially as I myself share the same passions as the author and her "life mate" have for animals.

This is a tale that will appeal to animal lovers and perhaps children too." -- Bookpleasures.com

From the Author

I'm sure you've heard of animal abuse...but have you ever heard about animal abuse where the abusers are the animals and the "abusee" is the human who has rescued them?

That's how some of the stories unfold in my book, "Born Without a Tail", a true-life chronicle of 20 odd years of pet rescue. 1/3 of the proceeds from sales of my books is donated to local humane group Valley Save-a-Pet for their humane programs.

The book begins by sharing the childhood and young adult stories that shaped my affinity for pets and set the stage for some 20 years of volunteering for VSAP. The rescues are stories of the abused, the abandoned, and the unadoptable animals that entered my life and ultimately stayed.


More About the Author

Cayr Ariel Wulff is an author, artist, and animal advocate. She has volunteered in animal rescue for more than 26 years. She is a Contributing Editor at AnimalsVote.org and during 2012 served as Contributing Editor at Pet Pardons News. She reports on stories of animal abuse and animal welfare. She writes a column as the Cleveland Pets Examiner, and is the National Animal Books Examiner. She also maintains a personal blog about dogs: 'Up on the Woof', and uses her yelodoggie art to spread the joy of living with dogs. She has written five books about her rescue pets experiences; "Born Without a Tail" (2007), "Circling the Waggins;How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness" (2012), "Parade of Misfits" (2013), "How to Change the World in 30 Seconds: A Web Warrior's Guide to Animal Advocacy Online" and "Finding Fido: Practical Steps for Finding Your Lost Pet". She attributes her love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.

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I couldn't put this book down until I'd finished!
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The author shares her life candidly and touches the reader's heart and soul.
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I recommend this book to animal lovers and dog/cat rescuers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marse on October 1, 2007
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An energetic page-turner that catches the reader by surprise. What seems, at first, to be a simple memoir about pets becomes an astounding love story about commitment and responsibility in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Ironically, Cayr Ariel Wulff's riveting adventures with animals - some hilarious, some heartbreaking - become lessons in what it means to be truly human.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DEBORAH EADES on September 22, 2008
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I couldnt put this book down and stayed up well into the night to finish it. Then when I climbed into bed with my own two rescued dogs, I remembered the passage where the author describes when her "pack" is all settled in for the night, one dog gives out a deep collective "sigh" to signify the end of another wonderful day spent together. My Wookie does that every night and makes me smile. In BORN WITHOUT A TAIL Ms. Wulff shares the life stories of many of the orphans and strays who have blessed her life these past few decades and how each of them has their own little personality and quirks. If you have pets, you will definitely be able to relate and this book will tug at your heart. Dillon so reminds me of my old dog Sam who didnt live long enough, but touched my heart in a way no other dog ever will. I believe every dog owner has that "one" in their life, although they go on to adopt many others. I know Dillon and Sam run together, young and pain free, across the Bridge and wait for us there.

Debbie Eades, author ofEVERY RESCUED DOG HAS A TALE: Stories from the Dog Rescue Railroad
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne on June 5, 2008
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If you are an animal lover and have ever shared your life with an animal, you will enjoy this book. It is a loving tribute to all the author's animal companions. The stories are well written and often moving. I especially enjoyed the recollections of the author's childhood and the powerful image of a child wishing (and pretending) that she had a tail.

Each chapter focuses on one animal in chronological order of when the animal joined the author's life. I sometime found the time line to be a bit confusing as various animals lives overlapped. The book also left me wanting more, specifically more of the personal of the author. The animals take center stage, and although she interacts with the animals, the author is often very much in the background.

I do hope that Cayr Ariel Wulff writes more about her experiences. Will she get to live with that wolfish dog? Will Dalene get her dream of a Great Dane? I hope so. If not, I'm sure that whatever animals come in their place will bring their own wonderful stories.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tarte on October 2, 2008
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You won't find a better group of stories about what it's like to take in rescued dogs and cats than Cayr Ariel Wulff's wonderful book. The distinctive personality of each and every dog and cat comes through, from Dillon, the mutt who seems to understand English, to terror of a kitten Tally. And we also learn how the animals fit into Cayr's life as she and her partner move from the city to a log cabin in a National Forest. Funny and touching, "Born Without a Tail" never flags in interest. It just wags, and wags, and wags. - Bob Tarte, author of "Enslaved by Ducks" and "Fowl Weather."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 2, 2012
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I can't say too much about this book, it's more than a 'dog book' it's a people, animals, life book. I was hooked from the first page and read it straight through, and have re read it since, enjoying it just as much the second time around. You will love getting to know the author, her animals and the people in her life. The writer has a great way of drawing you in, making you at home in her world. Anyone who's ever had a heart dog, a misfit cat, ever been touched by the love of an animal should enjoy this book. It's a keeper.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By annie on January 5, 2011
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This is an inspiring book about a couple that has taken in and helped many animals needing extra help both emotionally and physically. This couple also had financial barriers themselves and continued to care for the needy animals & find proper health care, surgeries and whatever was needed. They also handled destruction by abandoned pets with an attitude of anything can be fixed, to include the dogs behavior. Inspiring story, very well written and from the heart. Most animal lovers can connect with some of the stories told. Those that have not rescued pets would find this inspiring, heartwarming and a true pet adventure. I do know this author is coming out with a new book and I will be excited for publishing and sales on Amazon in the near future. Nice to read that in hard times their are those that will still reach out to unwanted, high maintenance and ill or handicapped animals. The sacrifice in the honor of these animals is wonderful to read about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darbi J. Rash on August 12, 2011
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This book starts with a young girl wanting a dog and the Christmas gift that was so special. It brought many memories of my own childhood, in a simpler time when dogs were neighborhood pets, and everyone would have the benefit of their wagging tails and doggy kisses! It is filled with pictures, a lovely touch. Her sweet Dillon lived to be the wonderful age of 20 years old, such a tribute to love! You will want to get a few copies to give to friends, it is filled with the joy of being "owned" by a pet!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Meister on March 12, 2011
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Cayr Ariel Wulff's artful story-telling shines in this delightful memoir of life amid a pack of frequently ill-mannered though always lovable dogs. Throw in an odd assortment of cats, and chaos ensues as Cayr and her partner get in over their heads, bite off more than they can chew, and generally find themselves railroaded by those who REALLY run the show: their beloved pets! I couldn't put this book down until I'd finished! Hurry up and write the next one, Cayr!
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