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Part Wild: One Woman's Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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If it appears that I came to this book with an agenda, I did, but as far as I can tell from reading reviews here, so did many other reviewers who seem to judge the book on whether they agree with the writer's training methods or agree with her opinions on wolf hybrids. Certainly we all hold our opinions, but those opinions don't really tell much about the book itself, so I wanted to admit my agenda first, and then move on from it. I had to anyway: as it turns out, the book is not too much about dominance theories (though it does address them, including the ways in which such ideas have been disproven), but it is a lot about canine (and human!) behavior.
More than that, the book is a memoir, and it is a compelling story, well told. The writer does a good job of showing us what her life was like, years ago, when as a naive and frightened young woman, she got a wolf hybrid, hoping for protection from the abusive man in her life at the time. As a teacher of writing, I expect good memoir to do several things: it should be honest, and create a complex (not necessarily sympathetic) character out of the narrator, and it should include reflection--we expect to know that the writer knows more than they did at the time of action, and we expect to seem some reflection on these past actions. Terrill does all this beautifully.Read more ›
Janice Koler-Matznick, MS, ACAAB
Whenever I hear of someone wanting a wolf hybrid- or thinking that a wolf hybrid is somehow superior to a domestic dog in intelligence, I remember my animal behavior classes back in graduate school, and also my friend who rescued wolf hybrids. If you only get this far in my review, wolf hybrids do not make good 'pets' anymore than a tiger or a cougar does!
The author is a gifted writer and tells her story without a trace of self-pity or excuse for her behavior or choices. I understand why she wanted a wolf- for protection, for enjoying the outdoors with, and as a wild companion. She makes mistakes on many levels. Wolves don't 'protect', they guard. They are just as likely to run off or turn on you in a physical altercation as they are to turn on the attacker. They are a great visual deterrant, but so are german shepherds. There are a few myths that wolf hybrid enthusiasts like to propogate. 1. Wolf-hybrids are much smarter than dogs. 2. Wolf-hybrids are more athletic, more protective, and more 'spiritual' than dogs. 3. Wolf-hybrids are good companion animals and can be kept like dogs as 'pets'.
First, domestic dogs, while varying in intelligence, are not 'dumber' than wolves. In fact, they are much smarter than wolves- and even than chimpazees when it comes to reading human body language, and in working with and living with humans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't let anyone tell you that this book isn't worth the read. It is one of the most powerful, elegant, beautifully written, and honestly spoken books I have ever come across. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Powers
If you're an animal lover, you have no business getting a "wolfdog" hybrid, and, if you're not an animal lover, you have even less business getting one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Simon Nutrient
What a disgusting excuse for a human being. I wanted to chuck her book more than once, but I thought I might glean SOME knowledge by reading between the lines. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. K.
I was put off by the author's younger self's stupidity (sorry, but her behavior was idiotic) and even more put off by her willingness to constantly lie and deceive in order to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Penny Thoughtful
Interesting story, but the writing is a little choppy and disorganized.Published 10 months ago by Karin Gregg
This is an exceptionally talented writer sharing a very difficult memoir. Its an honest book that has weight in the world, the language is finely tuned, the authors voice is one of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Greta Von Burren
Gosh, this book was hard to get through. The pages turned well enough, but the author is so honest about her own emotional health issues and track record of bad decisions that I... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Johanna C. Larson
Love this book so much i read it twice. This is such a great book. Excellent depiction of the love between a woman and a pet and nature/nurture. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Benson
goes along with understanding aimals which is a needed knowledge in WIldlife RehabilitationPublished 20 months ago by Sqrrlady