In this humorous and touching book about living with a large assortment of pets, author Stacy Mantle had me chuckling out loud to myself more than once. The book is composed of small essay-like chapters that are an excellent way to relax and end a busy day with a smile on your face. One of my favorite chapters was "Falling Into The Food Chain", where Stacy happens to fall while vacuuming and cannot get up (this is not the funny part...yet). Her pets think that this is quite a fun game, and are seemingly amazed at how "into" the game she is as she crawls to the nearest telephone. What fun! This book makes a wonderful gift for yourself, for all of the pet lovers in your life, and for all of the people who don't know they are pet lovers... yet.
Anyone who has ever had a pet knows that living with them is not always a cotton candy fairytale! Ms. Mantle does an excellent job of sharing her experiences as a pack leader in an entertaining way. Her stories are easy to identify with. Thanks for showing me I'm normal!
Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals Without Becoming One is a "feel good" read. Ms. Mantle brings readers into her domain by sharing her unique experiences with the pets she loves. The content is captivating and touches the emotions of all of us who love and respect our pets as family members. Some of the excerpts will make you laugh and others might make you cry. Whether the reader is already a pet owner or contemplating a new addition to the family, this book is a "must read."
Ms. Mantle's down-to-earth writing style and her unusual experiences with animals makes this a fascinating read. Emotional without being maudlin, it offers a kaleidoscopic and often humorous perspective on living with wolf-hybrids, dogs, cats, and other animals. Animal lovers will enjoy reading this; non-animal lovers will likely be converted. Her book deftly analyzes pet ownership and its responsibilities and foibles without any sugar coating. Highly recommended!
This is a clever book describing the challenges of owning a pet, any kind of pet, perfectly. It is filled with hilarious accounts of various animals interacting with their environment and each other. This book also touches a bit on the sentimental aspect of owning an animal. Miss Mantle's book is entertaining, well written, and gave me a new understanding and amusement of my own pet.
This book had me laughing and crying. Through her humorous, sad, tragic, and poignant stories dealing with the experiences she's had with the various animals in her own life, Stacy Mantle has provided an excellent glimpse into the minds, hearts, and souls of dedicated animal rescue workers all over the world. The world needs more books like this one!
You don't need to be owned by multiple animals of different species to appreciate and relate to Stacy's book, but it will make it all the more pleasurable. Her writing is witty and full of heart, punctuated by endearing animal antics.