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Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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The world is full of starving, abused animals. It is also full of people who need a loving friend. How these two worlds come together and the positive changes rescued animals have made to the people who open their hearts to them are the focus of this genuinely heart-warming collection of stories. As Jane Goodall states in her introduction, around the world, the therapeutic power of animals is being recognized, and this truism is borne out by uplifting testimonies. As the author says, what rescued animals do best is forgive and provide love. Cimmaron, a Thoroughbred who survived a horrific accident in a horse trailer, is now one of the prized therapy horses at a stable for handicapped riders. Randy Grim and his canine pal Quentin, who survived a euthanasia attempt in a gas chamber, cruise the streets of East St. Louis rescuing dogs and cats amid urban decay. Parrots, perpetual three-year-olds armed with a sharp object—and living up to 80 years—are expensive and routinely abandoned pets, 1,400 of whom have been rescued and re-homed by Eileen McCarthy. Beautifully illustrated with Judy Olausen’s photographs. --Nancy Bent
St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Karin Winegar and Judy Olausen teamed up to produce one of the most heartfelt and worthy books of the season.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“This book is inspiring, and at the same time joyful and tearful.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Keep the hankies handy while reading this moving collection of stories.”
“The 28 essays in this collection are inspirational, compelling and poignant.”
“Grab a tissue! You’ll be crying--and laughing--as you read about the powers pets have to heal people.”
Sierra Club’s “The Green Life,” 2/4/09
“This moving collection of true stories highlights the bonds formed between orphaned, abused, and abandoned animals and the people who rescue them.”
Modern Dog, Spring 2009
“This collection of compelling stories about rescued animals, the people who saved them, and the extraordinary relationships that are forged as a result will bring a tear to your eye.”
Top customer reviews
Judy Olausen's wonderful photos both complement the narrative and reveal their own truths, and the effect of the collaboration is stunning. The interwoven stories and images shine with a generosity of spirit that is not only healing but also fully reciprocal--both between the subjects of the stories (human and nonhuman), and between the book's creators and their readers.
The animals are the stars of the book, but the people are far more than bit players. They're us--mostly ordinary people whose lives have been touched and changed by the creatures that have limped, crawled, and fluttered into their lives and their hearts. All are richly realized characters whose stories make you want to retrace the steps of the cross-country journey that this remarkable creative collaboration has brought to eloquent life.
I challenge anyone to read this book without crying. But even with all of the happy endings, this is not your garden-variety sappy, feel-good holiday book. The stories are elegantly crafted gems--literary journalism at its finest. They're sometimes searing, sometimes funny. And they're always deeply moving. But they're never cutesy or mawkish. These animals are real--no bassetts wearing antlers, cats in ruffles, or horses in bowlers; no animals frolicking and dancing, talking, or singing. Winegar and Olausen have far too much respect for these creatures to approach them with anything but reverence, as equals with us (and more) in dignity and moral standing on this fragile and perilous earth.
If you love animals, or even if you don't, read this book, and buy it for your friends. If everyone who's ever bonded with an animal companion reads this book, and then pledges to adopt (and spay or neuter) at least one abandoned or abused animal, we'll give Karin Winegar and Judy Olausen material and publishing cred for sequel after sequel. And we just might make a sizable dent in the population of homeless animals.
This work, "Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives they Transform" by journalist Karin Winegar and photographer Judy Olausen reveals the interdependence of human and nonhuman animals upon each other in a way like the mutual salvation depicted in Pretty Woman.
Artfully, this team reveals through words mixed with images how humans can be physically and emotionally broken, and then transformed through complex and challenging, almost interventions, by two and four legged creatures. This team is able to go into the difficult territory of all types of cruelty toward innocent horses, dogs, cats, and birds, and show what human love can do to change these damaged and despairing lives. The photographs of these loving relationships, combined with the words that explain what they mean, are splendid.
In this book, Winegar and Olausen combine short vignettes and deeper, compelling stories that give us a sense of how humans and nonhumans serve each other. For me, the most compelling story was called "Drew's Eden." Winegar captured and gave dimension to this rough and tumble woman and determined owner of Hooved Animal Rescue.
Barbara J. Gislason, Esq.