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The Daily Coyote was inspired by Stockton's blog of the same name. Wildly popular and praised by Rosie O'Donnell, James Wolcott of Vanity Fair, and the Los Angeles Times, the site receives over a million hits per month and was nominated for a 2007 Weblog of the Year Award only a month after its inception. Numerous media outlets, from People to NPR, can't wait to feature Stockton and Charlie.
This moving account of writer/photographer Stockton's first year with her pet coyote, Charlie, expands on her popular blog, the Daily Coyote, but newcomers and the author's many fans will find that this memoir offers a complete-if not yet completed-story about love and life in a small Wyoming town. On a cross-country move from San Francisco to New York City in 2005, Stockton fell in love with the beauty of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains and decided to settle there. She found new roots and a new boyfriend, a government trapper whose job was to protect livestock by killing coyotes. When he finds an orphaned coyote pup, barely 10 days old, he gives it to Stockton, beginning an adventure that moves human and animal from a blissful open affection (the author's photos of baby Charlie are as adorable as they are beautifully composed) through a period of reconsideration after Charlie bites her to a breakthrough realization that Charlie needed a much more structured "alpha" attitude from his owner. Stockton's journey of sharing her life with a wild animal and providing training while respecting Charlie's unique nature makes for a fascinating and rewarding read. (Dec.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Stockton, a professional photographer, cookbook author (Eating Gluten Free), and blogger, recounts the first year of her life with an orphaned coyote. While riding from San Francisco to New York on her Vespa, Stockton falls in love with Wyoming. After giving East Coast city life a try, she returns to the small town of Ten Sleep and moves into a tiny log cabin. She becomes romantically involved with a rancher, who brings her a coyote pup whose livestock-threatening parents were killed. She commits to keeping this wild canine, Charlie, although she knows nothing about raising even domestic dogs. Stockton began a daily diary of her challenges and a photographic record of Charlie's growth and turned them into a successful blog, which is the basis for this book. Much more than an explanation of canine training methods, Stockton's unique book gives a glimpse of rugged life in the West and its harsh and beautiful landscape. Also demonstrating the human-animal bond and its unexpected consequences, this work could have been subtitled "Wild Creature Teaches Wanderer To Settle Down." The book's color photos were not seen by this reviewer, but the online photos at the author's blog (