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8 State Hurricane Kate: The Journey And Legacy Of A Katrina Cattle Dog Paperback – July 9, 2008
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"...this book is all about encouragement... I... thank Jenny Pavlovic for this great gift of 8 State Hurricane Kate." -Danelle Drake for Reader Views "Jenny Pavlovic's story should inspire everyone to do a little bit more, to try a little bit harder, and to believe in our abilities to get things done." -Jeff Dorson, Executive Director, Humane-LA "8 State Hurricane Kate... exemplifies the tremendous spirit of the people of the Gulf Coast, of the animals caught up in the maelstrom, and of the individuals who couldn't stand by and watch it happen without doing something to help." -Amy Maher, Board Chair, Noah's Wish "An inspiring and challenging book that explodes with passion and primordial wisdom." -Sharon Azar, Guideposts Magazine, Founder of WOOF! rescuing NYC dogs "Jenny's passion for animals flows freely and gracefully throughout this book, and her deep connection with Kate is a strong testament to what's possible when our hearts are completely open." -Stacy J. Lewis, Author of JAVA: The True Story of a Shelter Dog Who Rescued a Woman "A story that captures your heart... an exploration of the ties between humans and animals, grief and recovery, and the spiritual side of lending a hand to those in need." -K. Melissa Tooley in the Australian Cattle Dog Quarterly and Urban Dog Magazine "A touching and motivational story that helps to spread the message... that animals matter." -Gail Monick, Katrina Volunteer, Noah's Wish "A heartfelt recap... a book for anyone who has adopted a pet and ever wonders where he or she really came from... for anyone who couldn't go to help animals after Katrina, but wished they could." -Kelli Ohrtman of Best Friends Animal Society in the Star Tribune Pet Central Blog "A deep book that takes the reader to the depths of despair and brings back hope. Buy it, read it and give a copy to a friend. " -Eileen, AZ "A book you will never forget. This true story takes you through all the wonderful highs and devastating lows of rescue work and reminds you to love with your all - because that is how animals love you back." -J.R., TX "A moving emotional and spiritual journey... Kate is the symbol for the power of Spirit in times of great adversity." -Dana, GA "This is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read... There are so many passages... that go straight to the heart." -Lynn, FL "This book is so well written... I highly recommend it to anyone who loves dogs."-Debra, HI
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And 8 State Kate is the story of how one individual rescued an old, cantankarous dog yet one more time. Its more than likely that had Kate stayed at Lamar DIxon or managed to make one of those transports out, she would have euthanized for being too old, too dog aggressive, too sick, not cute enough, and on and on.
And lastly, 8 State Kate tells the too often untold stories about what happened to all those animals we saw on the Gulf Coast streets right after Katrina. SOmeone loved Kate, someone cared for her--but they'll never know what happened to her. Perhaps they died, perhaps they think she died, perhaps they didn't have a computer to search thru 30,000 pictures of rescued animals, we'll never know. Good for Jenny for trying so hard to find them--many people simply assumed the Katrina pets came from uncaring, unfeeling people who simply abandoned their pets when the going got rough.
Wonderful story told in loving terms--there are so many dogs and cats out there like Kate who just need to find "their" Jenny--Good job Jenny!
I could go on for hours, I find myself thinking about Kate and the other Katrina dogs and animals. And I know that should the need ever arise, I will be there ready to help. This true story of one woman's courage, love, and faith is absolutley inspiring. I laughed, cried and cheered as I read. Through every difficulty and heartbreak she encountered in her quest to help Kate, she always found the strength to find a way. Her feelings come right off the page - you feel what she feels. Kate is a remarkable dog. Jenny is a remarkable woman - it's no wonder they found each other. Reading this touched my soul.
Jenny and I connected on ACD-L and we exchanged a number of emails, some of which are excerpted in her book. Jenny tells her and Kate's story in an unusual way. She not only recounts her journey from her home in MN to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LA, and how she eventually brings Kate home with her, but she incorporates the many messages she receives - earthly and spiritual - along the way and weaves them into the fabric of her testimony. This story is not just about her and Kate, or about one facet of the post-Katrina disaster, but it's about how one person helps influence a community to come together to provide support in response to a tragedy. It's also the testament to the love we have for our dogs and how we, as their human companions, have a responsibility to provide for their care. You cannot help but to root for Jenny as she navigates through one obstacle after another in an attempt to provide Kate with medical care and a stable, loving home. She also recounts the efforts of other Lamar-Dixon volunteers who did the same for other abandoned dogs, and you can imagine this effort multiplied by the hundreds of volunteers in the Katrina-stricken areas and beyond who also reached out to do the same.
8 State Hurricane Kate is more than just a story, as it serves two distinct purposes. The first is to educate the public about the need for disaster-preparedness for pets and livestock. The second is to provide catharsis for those who lost animals during Katrina, as well as those who gave their time, energy and hearts to help save those who survived and had no place to go. Kate is the symbol for the power of Spirit in times of great adversity.