- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,307,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rabbits: Gentle Hearts Valiant Spirits: Inspirational Stories of Rescue, Triumph, and Joy Paperback – May 26, 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
My heartfelt gratitude to the authors for knowing that these stories deserved telling, and to the illustrators and photographers who helped to make the stories come alive.
Finally, if after reading this book you find yourself head-over-heels in love with bunnies, PLEASE adopt; don't buy!
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. This chapter alone will keep you anxiously turning pages, will cause your heart to sing one moment, weep the next, and by the last page of the chapter you will be smiling in gratitude that Marie Mead is on this planet. For we need such compassionate, committed people who are willing to do the hard work to help others. Marie sees the rabbits for who they are - wonderful, independent, courageous beings: individuals who respond to love and respect. And she gives back to them in kind in the most selfless manner. Kali, who came to her severely damaged both in body and soul/spirit - teaches Marie to not give up, to follow her own intuition, do the research, find the answers, listen and observe. What Marie learns from Kali she is able to incorporate in the care she gave her ailing father, to support the flame of life within every being, a flame that continues endlessly beyond one's current life experience. In such a manner does Marie become a teacher for us all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories are so beautiful that you want to cry more than once!!Read more