Daily Coyote: A Year with Charlie

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When city girl Shreve Stockton set out to ride her Vespa from San Francisco to New York, she never imagined she would end up making a log cabin in Wyoming her home, falling in love with a trapper, and working as a ranch hand. She also could not have predicted adopting Charlie, an orphaned coyote pup. In a world where coyotes are hunted as killers, Stockton and Charlie have faced challenges—as well as joys—throughout their first year. Operating Instructions meets Marley and Me in this charming life-lesson book ...
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Overview

When city girl Shreve Stockton set out to ride her Vespa from San Francisco to New York, she never imagined she would end up making a log cabin in Wyoming her home, falling in love with a trapper, and working as a ranch hand. She also could not have predicted adopting Charlie, an orphaned coyote pup. In a world where coyotes are hunted as killers, Stockton and Charlie have faced challenges—as well as joys—throughout their first year. Operating Instructions meets Marley and Me in this charming life-lesson book about life, love, and the bond between humans and nature.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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First a blog and now a book, The Daily Coyote tracks the progress of the fascinating relationship between "city girl" Shreve Stockton and an orphan coyote pup. From the start, the wiggles and licks of the small creature she nicknamed Charlie belied the species' well-established reputation as sheep killers. Of course, acclimating a young prairie wolf to human society is not a seamless task; Shreve and her boyfriend, MC, experienced periodic challenges from Charlie's unpredictable behavior. However, his puckish good nature usually triumphed, making Stockton's illustrated blog one of the most popular personal destinations on the Net. This full-color illustrated book will change your view of an entire species.
From the Publisher
"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." —-Library Journal
Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Library Journal

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 (www.dailycoyote.net) are gorgeous. Recommended for public libraries.
—Florence Scarinci

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400109975
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Cassandra Campbell has recorded nearly two hundred audiobooks and directed many more. She has been nominated for and won multiple Audie Awards, as well as a prestigious Odyssey Award, and she has been awarded more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards. Cassandra was also named a Best Voice by AudioFile for 2009 and 2010.
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