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Climb that Fence and take that Leap Paperback – February 26, 2013
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About the Author
Raised on a farm and having been a volunteer at different animal rescues, it’s no surprise that his first two published articles were about animals. So it’s only fitting that Phil’s first book is about animals and the connections we share. From Phil’s first high school job to present, he’s spent his career working with clients, explaining complex ideas in an easy to understand manner. Phil enjoys using his talents to make a positive difference and all the things he learns along the way. In addition Phil enjoys exploring the world and sharing those adventures via writing, photography, and videography. We are all connected and sharing our stories just brings people closer. Phil’s credits include, multiple I.T. certifications, account management, Reiki master, photographer, author of two blogs, writes a travel column for work, co-hosts a local television show, and whatever else he can get into.
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He tells stories, primarily about his cats. I am partial to the stories about the turtle, probably mostly because I don't have any reptiles as pets and never would have thought about watching them. I was sort of jealous of his experiences, both with his pet and with the babies in the wild. I wanted to find my own to watch. I was also moved by his story of his cat who had a terminal disease.
I read this book while sitting on the beach on vacation, and found myself wanting to get home to watch the behavior of my own cats and dog. Basically, I need to remember to sit back and to relax while going for my own dreams in life. Anything is possible.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I myself am an advocate of watching and learning from animals. Because of the brevity of the book, I'm not going to steal the author's thunder. I will say, however, that you will find yourself emboldened by what he says, and you may find yourself watching animals even more closely to learn life lessons.
While the book is short, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is worth the time and effort, and there is nothing inappropriate encased within its pages.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Johnsey takes the story a step further, however, into what Keiko taught him about living each day to its fullest and making every moment count.
He also tells of a turtle he rescued who became a pet and family member, and how the turtle discovered the world beyond his fenced courtyard. While some owners would see the digging under the gate as a nuisance, Johnsey took the role of an observer, discovering why the turtle wanted to explore its world and deepening his bond with this unlikely pet. The result is how much this turtle taught him about broadening his horizons, taking on challenges and never giving up.
A truly heartwarming story is one in which he found sea turtles digging their way out of the sand and making their way to the beach, encountering rocky outcrops and terrain that threatened their lives. Only the size of quarters, he watched and assisted without taking from their unique experiences and tenacity to reach the sea. There were stories of waves pushing them back, of imprints in the sand that swallowed the baby turtles, of rocky ledges with four foot drops, and much more - but their determination to reach the sea and survive was an amazing, inspiring story.
There are many of these stories in which Johnsey observed animal behavior and applied their attitude, problem-solving and tenacity to our own lives, our own challenges and the worlds we make for ourselves. The result is learning how to excel in this life and perhaps, in the process, becoming the type of human that our pets believe us to be.
This is a quick read, if you're looking for entertainment. But it's much more than that: it's a reference book to return to time and again, to re-read the lessons and learn how to apply various principles to our own lives.
Highly recommended reading.