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Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary Paperback – August 1, 2009
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Kathy left the South in the early 80's and entered graduate school at Tufts University in 1984. After two years in a public policy program, the idea of making a difference from behind a desk was utterly unappealing. She wanted to impact young people's lives through working directly with them. So she added a third year of graduate school and took her first English teaching job north of Boston in 1987.
In the summer of 1999, after a decade in the classroom, Kathy was offered the principalship of a new high school scheduled to open in Boston in 2000. But to her own astonishment (again), she felt finished with public education. So one warm June day, she made her final end of the year speech to her final group of graduating seniors, encouraging them to be bold, to have courage, to write their own stories. But what was hers to be?
She asked herself the big questions: "What do you love? What do you believe in? What do you do best? She talked with friends. She kept a journal. She cashed in her teacher's retirement to live on while she waited for answers to come. Mostly, she took epic hikes through the woods with her yellow lab and best pal Murphy.
Three insights guided her through this important period of reflection:
1. She detested suffering and felt compelled to address it...in some fashion.
2. She loved teaching, and suspected she would miss the experience of guiding minds toward deeper understanding.
3. She loved and missed having animals in her life.
In 2001, with some good fortune and a great deal of hard work, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the nation's only "teaching sanctuaries," was born.
Eight years later, Catskill Animal Sanctuary has saved over 1,600 farm animals--nearly all of them victims of unspeakable suffering. They have accepted animals seized by police from failed or fraudulent sanctuaries. They have worked with State Police and the New York State Humane Association to prosecute serial abusers who keep scores or hundreds in filth and confinement. On weekends, visitors come to this joy-driven place to meet their remarkable residents, and laugh when Rambo the sheep demands to have his rear end scratched, or when Franklin, their young orphaned pig, trots up and says, "Glad you're here!!! Have anything to eat??!"
With meaningful relationships, a wonderful partner, and her best pal Murphy tagging along everywhere she goes, Kathy Stevens continues to live a blessed life. She is puzzled when people refer to her as a "hero" or a "saint." "How many people are fortunate enough to do what they love, what they believe in?" Kathy asks. "I'm the luckiest person I know. Catskill Animal Sanctuary is simply my gift to the world--a thank you for a life filled with opportunity. It's a place that embodies everything I believe in--and what I believe in, essentially, is love."
Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand, I did find some weaknesses as well, hence the 3 stars. The first is that while several animals are described briefly throughout the book, only some are mentioned in any depth, and the writing seems to flit around. I have read books written by heads of non-profits that are collections of newsletter stories strung together to give you a feel for the organization, and that's a bit of what this felt like. I enjoyed each section and chapter individually, but strung together they didn't have as much substance as I would have liked.
The other issue that I had was a more philosophical question that I felt the author didn't address. As many other reviewers have mentioned, she is proudly and unapologetically vegetarian, and advocates for universal vegetarianism so that farm animals can live the lives of dignity and freedom that they deserve. What she doesn't address is what would happen to farm animals were all humans to become vegetarian. While I can agree that animals do not exist for our benefit, it is an unavoidable fact that most of them are in the world because humans have a vested interest in keeping them around.Read more ›
With that being said, this is not a sad or downer type of book, but rather it's very upbeat & entertaining, and allows the reader to see how intelligent & funny farm animals can be.
If you consider yourself a "real" animal lover, this is a terrific book for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so well written! I could visualize each featured soul and the group themselves. Knowing animals have individual And distinct personalities is a no-brainier, but this... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kathy Hendrix
I was moved and educated by this story/history of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. The tremendous heart, energy, and dedication of Kathy, and her volunteers is amazing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by GS Hochberg
As animal lover, I can relate to how special farm animals are. But realistically, farmers and those who do heavy work need meat to work at peak effecientcy. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book. Sometimes brought tears to my eyes and sometimes had me laughing. Yea to the author and the animals she helps.Published 1 month ago by Squirrel
An excellent excellent book about rescued animals and how they can overcome their mistreatment when they are loved and worked with. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michigan
I have been a vegetarian all my life, because I believe that it is healthier for me. I could never kill an animal and eat it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CoveMom
Awesome. Really will let people know that any living animal has feelings, thoughts, and emotions. Us humans could learn alot from our animal friends.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book deserves way more than 5 stars. I could read books like this one till I go blind and no longer can read,I feel exactly like the author. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zoey1160
I love this book! A lot of people in their reviews thought this was a book about horses, it's much more than that. Read morePublished 6 months ago by windrunner