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Circling the Waggins: How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me from Bewilderness Paperback – July 16, 2012
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"Circling the Waggins is a heart-felt and moving story of two women's quest to heal and nurture a wide variety of animals. C.A. Wulff poignantly captures the complex personalities of the mice, dogs, and cats that inhabit her wilderness home as well as the humorous chaos that ensues as they all try to coexist. It is by turns a roller-coaster ride of animal rescue, as well as a keen reflection on the frailty of all life and the healing power of love and letting go." - Tim McHugh, author of Ivan! A Pound Dog's Views on Life, Love, & Leashes
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After reading this book, if you're a pet owner, you're sure to see your canine or feline companion as more of an individual personality than you previously considered possible. If you have no pet of your own, this book will help you understand the strong connection between people and pets. Having read both this book, and Cayr's first one, "Born Without a Tail", my appreciation for the depth and breadth of animal personalities, needs, emotions, etc. has greatly expanded.
As I finish her books, I find myself thinking of her many pets, from Dillon to Waldo, as my own friends, which is a real compliment for the quality of her writing. She truly brings her animal family to life in her books. I look forward to her future sharing of her life with "the pack".
The author describes the many vet visits she made with her pets, and some of the tough decisions she was forced to make. I was greatly impressed by the author's knowledge of various animal ailments. Kudos to her for taking the time to research each problem as it came up.
The book is filled with funny animal stories. I especially enjoyed the tales of dressing the dogs up for Halloween and entering them in costume contests. The book also includes many sad times when one pet after another made the sad journey to the Rainbow Bridge. I highly recommend this book to animal lovers. You will definitely laugh and cry. You may even learn a few things about animal care and the treatment of various health issues pet owners often face. I enjoyed this book so much that I am now reading another of this author's pet tales.
This story of a two women who devote their lives to caring for rescued dogs, cats and even feeder mice doesn't fail to entertain and keep you turning the pages. I will never forget the image of big dog Waldo, dressed for Halloween as Captain Waldo, Lobster Fisherman, accompanied by three little dog siblings in bright red lobster costumes. Throughout the book young animals cavort and play. Elderly animals sicken and die. The circle of life continues and humans and animals live together in an atmosphere of love and warmth.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was it a pleasant read, but that I could relate to the authors stories about her dogs as if they had been my own.
She writes in a manner that makes you feel that you're sitting there with her, listening to her talking just to you. I love this kind of writing is so much more personal. And when reading a book like this one it makes an enormous difference.
I think that by her talking about losing the four legged companions in her life that meant so much, she allows others who have gone thru the same losses to be more at ease with how they feel about that.
The way the sad and happy stories are combined is wonderful. I really liked this book.