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A Small Furry Hope Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steven Kotler
  

A Small Furry Hope Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life

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Synopsis

A Small Furry Hope Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler was forty years old, single, and facing an existential crisis when he met Lila, a woman devoted to animal rescue. Love me, love my dogs, was her rule, and Steven took it to heart. Spurred to move by a housing crisis in Los Angeles, Steven, Lila - and their eight dogs, then ten, then twenty, and then they lost count - bought a postage-stamp-sized farm in Chimayo, New Mexico. A Small Furry Hope chronicles their adventures at Rancho de Chihuahua, the sanctuary they created for their pack with special needs: the very old, the very sick, and, as Kotler says, the really retarded. An insider look at the culture of dog rescue, A Small Furry Prayer weaves personal experience, and scientific inquiry into a fast-paced, fun-filled narrative that explores what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged. Along the way, Kotler combs through every aspect of canine-human relations, from long human history with dogs to brand new research into the neuroscience of canine companionship, in the end discovering why living in a world made of dog may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human.

Reviews

'Kotler's tale-part obsession, part inquiry, part adventure-serves up a well-rounded meal of soul-searching and psychology'
Psychology Today

'Kotler offers a touching account of Chihuahua adventures alongside interesting blurbs on the history of pet ownership, canine ethology, the semantics of the dog-adoption process, homosexuality in nature and the intricate science behind canine domestication. A heartfelt example of humanitarianism at work'
Kirkus Reviews

'A delightful, rich read sure to take you to unexpected places and beyond'
Bark

About the Author

Steven Kotler is the author of the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and West of Jesus, a 2006 PEN West finalist. His work has appeared in the GQ, Wired, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and elsewhere, and he writes The Playing Field, a blog about the science of sport for PsychologyToday.com. Kotler runs the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary with his wife in rural New Mexico.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th November 2011

Author

Steven Kotler

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Dogs as pets
Memoirs

ISBN

9781408810958

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