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Rabbits: Gentle Hearts Valiant Spirits: Inspirational Stories of Rescue, Triumph, and Joy Paperback – May 26, 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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About the Author

Marie Mead's love of animals and respect for nature have shaped her life, spurring her interest in ecology, animal ethics, and alternative healing. For more than twenty years, she has been involved in various capacities with animal rescue, advocacy, and education. Within the last decade, Marie has become expert in the hands-on care of rabbits and has shared this knowledge through consultations and writing. She provides both permanent and foster havens for abused and neglected companion animals, including rabbits, many of whom have special needs. Visit Marie at celebratingrabbits.com.

Collaborator Nancy LaRoche has been involved with rabbit rescue since 1991. She is the founder and co-manager of the Colorado House Rabbit Society, where she oversees the operation of a large shelter, provides training in rabbit care, and works with law enforcement on abuse cases. Her writings have appeared in Fur & Feather and Rabbits USA. Nancy and her partner, Earl, share their home with rabbits, a cat, and two dogs.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Maris Press (May 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097862260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978622602
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Debra J. Young on June 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
For three days after receiving a copy of this book as a gift, I carried it with me, alternating between reading it myself and sharing it with others. I still can't keep my hands off of it! I live with rabbits as indoor companion animals, and have great difficulty explaining the magic and overwhelming joy they bring to my life. This absolutely gorgeous (both in format, content, and illustration) book has no difficulty delivering that message!

This is a book that will bring strength, inspiration, and hope to readers who are animal advocates, and create animal advocates--at least for the rabbits--out of those who curently are not. Rabbits are social, intelligent, yet fragile beings who do not enjoy the legislative protections of other companion animals, and they suffer horribly in laboratories, meat plants, on fur farms, and in backyard hutches. In its successful attempt to help others come to know the beauty and potential of these wonderful spirits, this book makes a giant step toward helping to change all that.

The stories will make you weep with sadness, pound your first on the table with anger, and hurrah with joy, yet this book has an even greater purpose--and that is to educate. The book is loaded with information on the care and behavior of rabbits, and that information is the best out there.

This book belongs in the hands of anyone who needs a lift, whether from the depths of the terrible burnout that animal rescuers often suffer or for those who've lost their faith in the goodness of humans who care. Conversely, it also belongs in the hands of everyone who has ever caused injury or death to these amazing animals by buying products created through their exploitation so they will come to understand the harm they cause--and STOP!
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Marie Mead is the quintessence of the Twenty-First Century humanitarian - dedicated and compassionate caregiver to various rabbits and cats in her own home, as well as a clear voice in a world still struggling with the erroneous concepts of animals as commodities, pets, possessions, and school projects. Marie knows first-hand that animals are none of these. They are sentient beings in their own right, intelligent in some ways far beyond human capabilities. She conveys this with clarity and consistency in Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits, written in conjunction with Nancy LaRoche.
This is one of the most beautiful volumes I have ever held in my hands, a book that is, in all ways, a work of art. Its larger size makes it comfortable to hold open, especially to study the many stunning full-color photographs and soft pencil drawings and watercolors that hold the eye for a long time. This is a book written and presented with skill, integrity, professionalism, and obvious joy. In addition to Marie Mead's personal experiences with rabbits, there are contributing stories by Bernie Siegel, M.D. and Susan Chernak McElroy with two accounts by Nancy LaRoche, Founder and Co-Manager of the Colorado House Rabbit Society. A detailed Table of Contents, Resource section, and Index complete the professional quality. Each chapter concludes with "About Rabbits", a brief section of practical information pertinent to rabbits such as rabbits in a school classroom, rabbits as Easter gifts, deafness in rabbits, bunny-proofing the house etc.
Above all it is Marie's strong spirit that convinces me that this is a powerful and essential volume, beginning with the first chapter, entitled "Stardust," about Kali, the first rabbit to grace Marie in her adult life.
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Anyone thinking about adopting a bunny needs to read this book. It describes in great detail what is involved in the proper care and handling of rabbits and what can happen if certain procedures are not followed. A wonderful book for all people, such as myself, who are owned by a rabbit or two.
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This is a beautiful book. It is well written, wonderfully illustrated, thoughtfully organized, and engaging to read. A true gem. The touching stories of rescued bunnies, whether written by the author or other well-known animal advocates, such as Michael W. Fox and Susan Chernak McElroy, are compelling. They sometimes brought a tear to my eye and always a smile to my face.

The organization of the book is well done. Each story, typically three or four pages long, is accompanied by some kind of illustration: most often a captivating color photo or two of the rabbit in the story, but sometimes there are artistic pieces done in another medium, such as water color or ink renderings. At the end of each story, there is a short, but always helpful "About Rabbits" tip. These tips cover the whole gamut of rabbit care and issues, from litter box training rabbits to reasons why classroom rabbits are not a good idea. Each helpful tip or issue is listed in the Table of Contents for easy location.

While these stories are about rabbits, who all have gentle hearts and valiant spirits, they could have just as easily been about dogs or cats or horses, or even a quail named Robert. The message in the touching tales transcends the specific characters, who just so happen to have big back feet and tender ears. They enable readers to recall their own special memories of animals who have touched their lives. It might have been a bunny named Bentley, a dog named Dinsmore, a cat named Cassandra, or even a little baby duck, without a name, that was once held carefully while stroking its feathery softness and smelling the sweetness of its yellow down.
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