The Road to Utopia: How Kinky, Tony, and I Saved More Animals Than Noah

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Noah had it easy. On any given day at the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in Medina, Texas, Nancy Parker-Simons, her husband Tony Simons, and a willing crew of employees and volunteers care for at least sixty rescued dogs, not to mention numerous cats, chickens, pigs, horses, wild mustangs, donkeys, and a rooster named Alfred Hitchcock—and Kinky Friedman, the rescue ranch's "Gandhi-like figure" who brings Nancy and Tony stray and abused animals, raises money for the rescue ranch, and makes sure no one leaves the ranch without a dog or two.

In this entertaining book, Nancy Parker-Simons tells the heartwarming, often hilarious story of the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. She describes how a series of "it must have been fate" incidents brought her together with Tony Simons and Kinky Friedman, and how, in 1998, the three of them decided to create a no-kill haven for homeless and abused animals in the Texas Hill Country. Since their first rescue—the "magnificent seven" which were, in fact, forty-one dogs liberated from local animal shelters—"Cousin Nancy" and her crew have rescued over one thousand animals.

Parker-Simons tells the fascinating stories of several dozen fortunate dogs, cats, and other animals that have come to the rescue ranch, either to be adopted by new owners or to live out their days in the ranch's "utopia." She also pays tribute to the many supporters who have helped keep the ark afloat, including First Lady Laura Bush, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen, Molly Ivins, and Don Imus. Everyone who cares about animal welfare will find The Road to Utopia hard to resist.

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In a world that seems to be crying for rescue, this heartening true story about a Texas haven for homeless and abused animals arrives just in the nick of time. Nancy Parker-Simons tells how she, her husband Tony Simons, and novelist Kinky Friedman established the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in 1998 to save Hill Country dogs, cats, and other helpless creatures from premature demise. Her narrative about this effective way station (to date, it has saved over 1,000 animals) is sustained by its unpretentious tone and palpable good will.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292714885
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 805,458
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Kinky Friedman
A Note from the Author

Part I
The Road to Utopia

Fated Love
Let's Make a Deal
The Magnificent Seven

Part II
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
To Be So Lucky
Good Golly, Miss Molly
Peanut: Don't Leave Home without Her
Remember the Alamo!
Oh! Domino!
The Boomerang Dogs
Her Name Is Barbra
Pretty Mama
The Cat's Meow
Every Dog Has a Story
Old Friends
Sunrise, Sunset
Pryor-ity Male

Part III
Something to Crow About

The Good, the Bad, and the Funny Bonefit
The Dwight Night
What I Like about Texas
Niles and Niles of Texas
Afternoon Delight
Cowboy Up
Over the River and up to Hill's

Part IV
Friends--That's What It's All About

Angels from Helotes
Mother Nature
Couch Potato
Some Like It Hot!
Kindred Spirits
Pet of the Week
Brian's Story
Knock, Knock, Knocking On

Part V
Head 'Em Up, Move 'Em Out

Looking for Land in All the Wrong Places
On the Road Again

Part VI
Life with the Kinkster

Kinky vs. Cousin Nancy
The Rooster Crows at Noon
Stranger in the Night
Battle of the Spoons
Viva Las Vacation!
Green, Green Grass of Home

Part VII
Keepin' on the Sunny Side

Monkey Business
To B&B or Not to B&B?
Rodney, the Red-Nosed Rain Deer
Jeepers Creepers
Oh, Crappy Day
Thank God and Greyhounds
Money, Money, Money

Epilogue for Cuddles by Kinky Friedman

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