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One Woman's Journey With A Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs

Book - 2011
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Traces the author's four-year relationship with a wolf-dog hybrid named Inyo, recounting their shared journeys in the snow, her battles with fearful neighbors, and the wolfdog's ultimate inability to be domesticated.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2011
ISBN: 9781451634815
1451634811
Branch Call Number: 636.7 TERRILL
Characteristics: x, 274 p. ; 24 cm

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BlueSparkleEyes
Dec 21, 2015

On one hand, the book provides unique insight into the evolution of dogs from wolves. You will finish this book with a deeper understanding and appreciation of both creatures as well as the history of their relationship to mankind. Another valuable insight will be a look into the psyche of a person who has no qualms about allowing a dangerous animal to roam freely in human society, off-leash, with little care for the people or animals that could be harmed. Though the author eventually had the animal put down, the wolf-dog was always on the verge of becoming a genuine menace to children, pets and even the author, herself. The author is a reality that is stranger than fiction. The reader, in perpetual awe, watches the author make one incomprehensible decision after another. She is a slave to her wolf-dog and her video-game junkie husband, contorting her life to the point of absurdity to make these odd relationships work. In this sense, the book provides insight into mental illness: the authors OCD, the husbands depression, the wolf-dogs' inability to fit into human society and the resulting menace this mix creates. If you want a book with valiant heroes juxtaposed to dastardly villains this is not the book for you. The characters are genuine but not likable.

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cardigramma
Jan 09, 2012

This is a difficult book for me to comment on. I have trained dogs for over 30 years and talked with the local "wolf-dog" people so I knew from the beginning that her experience wouldn't be a happy one. The writing style is very easy to read and she holds your interest. BUT, how she could buy into the PR of the wolf-dog people without doing any other research is amazing to me. The research that she cites adds a lot to the story. It is just unfortunate that she did it after she got the wolf-dog.

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