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Where the Blind Horse Sings: Love and Healing at an Animal Sanctuary Paperback – August 1, 2009

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Giving up a thriving 11-year teaching career, Stevens bought a disastrously rundown farm on a vast number of acres, and with sheer determination, boundless compassion and limited funds turned it into an acclaimed haven for abused livestock, the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. In her first book, Stevens, though she humbly claims "our job was to love and nurture them without expectation," presents the heartening story of the difficult work that has gone into saving more than 1,100 lives since the sanctuary's 2001 founding. The blind horse of the title appears among an eclectic company of pigs, sheep, cows, ducks and other animals with improbably Broadway-sized personalities-personalities revealed as the bond between people and animals strengthens, and the distinctions between them narrow. The anecdotes are fascinating, sometimes miraculous, and their power is undeniable: "I would not have believed that a rooster would so crave physical closeness that he'd demand to get in bed with me or that as he was dying, a gentle old steer named Samson would lick my face over and over until he took his last breath. But this stuff happens all the time." Though sentimentality in this case is de rigeur (how could a book about love for animals avoid it?), the ideas behind Stevens's stories-such as the inherent equality and nobility of all species-are affecting and thought-provoking.
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Stevens grew up on a horse farm and later became a teacher, both experiences making her detest suffering in all forms and engendering a desire to teach about the handling of animals. In 2001, she started Catskill Animal Sanctuary on a junk-filled farm. Volunteers cleaned up trash, built a house, repaired the barn, and created shelters and fences--and the animals arrived. One of the first was Rambo, a ram, who went from a charge-everything holy terror to a friendly protector who knew when other animals needed help. When blind horse Buddy arrived, he was afraid to move, but after Stevens taught him that he could trust her not to let him run into things, he "sang" his joy with loud neighing. Paulie, a cockfighting rooster, ended up sharing a bed with Stevens; Oliver the goat was found wandering Manhattan with "sold" painted on his side; little duck Petri was afraid of water; and Franklin the pig learned to manipulate his human caretakers. The theme here is love; the result is a book that will touch all readers. Nancy Bent
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; REV ed. edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602396698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602396692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most heartwarming books I have ever read. You can tell it was written by someone who loves what's she's doing. I had the good fortune to meet Kathy Stevens shortly after she opened her sanctuary, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that she does go around kissing the animals and singing to them. I also had the good fortune to meet many of the animals that Kathy writes about, like Buddy, Samson and Rambo among others. This book describes what many of us already know...animals are intelligent and have feelings and emotions. Interspersed among the many uplifting stories are lessons on what farm animals endure on the farm and how they are slaughtered (the descriptions are not pretty, but unfortunately, that is the reality for these animals). Even with these lessons, this book is heartwarming and an absolute joy to read. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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After my brother-in-law & family visited the CAS and became a vegetarian, truly a jaw-dropping feat, I knew this place must be pretty special. Then, they gave me a copy of this book for my birthday and I became a vegetarian!! I've laughed out loud and cried - make that 'sobbed' so hard. I've read (the happy) parts to my children at bedtime. This book so powerfully fills you with emotion that I can pretty much guarantee you too will be inspired to do something ...something life-changing, be it for yourself or some other inhabitant of this earth. It is a wake-up call for your soul! Thank you Kathy and your amazing volunteers for being real life angels.
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It is impossible to read this book without smiling, often laughing aloud and genuinely feeling connected to the stories within. Ms. Stevens intimately shares with us the life changing events that led her in each vocation to reach for higher goals and deeper meanings. This book is about faith, trust, hope, tenacity and heartfelt compassion for those sentient beings around us who so want and need our care. Each vignette is lovely. Lessons learned are etched. A wonderful, well written book. A pure joy.
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For the most part I enjoyed reading this book. I have always believed that animals are unique individuals with thoughts, feelings, and personalities, so reading about the different creatures that inhabit the sanctuary was a satisfying and positive experience. The author obviously knows her animals well, and creates lifelike descriptions of them. As with any good biography, you come away from the book feeling as if you had almost met some of the main animals in person. Furthermore, the love that the author mentions on almost every page is evident and believable. It doesn't feel like someone trying to fundraise or get on a soapbox just to twist your arm.

On the other hand, I did find some weaknesses as well, hence the 3 stars. The first is that while several animals are described briefly throughout the book, only some are mentioned in any depth, and the writing seems to flit around. I have read books written by heads of non-profits that are collections of newsletter stories strung together to give you a feel for the organization, and that's a bit of what this felt like. I enjoyed each section and chapter individually, but strung together they didn't have as much substance as I would have liked.

The other issue that I had was a more philosophical question that I felt the author didn't address. As many other reviewers have mentioned, she is proudly and unapologetically vegetarian, and advocates for universal vegetarianism so that farm animals can live the lives of dignity and freedom that they deserve. What she doesn't address is what would happen to farm animals were all humans to become vegetarian. While I can agree that animals do not exist for our benefit, it is an unavoidable fact that most of them are in the world because humans have a vested interest in keeping them around.
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I am a sucker for animal stories, especially real life ones. Kathy Stevens passion comes through loud and clear; a Dr. Doolittle for the modern era because she can talk to the animals. The writing though could have used another edit, the prose was awkward in spots. This little book is not only about the work she does with her animals but her work to fight the agricultural giants that control food production.

The collection of anecdotes about the farm animals she has rescued is both funny and heart-warming. Some came from the strangest place, like Paulie the cockfighting rooster she acquired from a dog and cat shelter; who would have thought a rooster would like to ride in the car? The compassion for her animals comes through in the stories of Rambo the ram, Buddy the blind horse and the Charlie the willful pig.

The first ¾ of the book are devoted to stories of the animals that Stevens and a group of dedicated volunteers had the patience, fortitude, and willingness to understand a care for abused and neglected former farm animals.

The final 25% is dedicated primarily to making the effort to educate on agribusiness, their effect on diet and global warming and a call to vegetarianism. I tried to be a vegetarian for 6 months and it didn’t take I missed meat too much. It is good to live in a country where everyone is entitled to an opinion.
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