A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life

A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life

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

Dog rescue is one of the largest underground movements in America. It is also one of the least understood. This insider look at the culture of dog rescue begins with Kotler's personal experience working with an ever-peculiar pack of dogs and becomes a much deeper investigation into exactly what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged, in the end showing why living in a world of dogs may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human.

Praise for A Small Furry Prayer:

"It's amazing and also very encouraging to find a book like this one, filled with original thought and plenty of new information. And if that's not enough, it's a great read, a real page-turner. I strongly recommend it to anyone." -Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

"This gritty journey into ,'a world made of dog' is unlike any dog story you've ever read." -Christian Science Monitor

"Anyone who is interested in the human-animal connection, the bond that we feel with our dogs, will find this book fascinating. It's almost a guarantee that you will look at your dog in a totally different way." -San Francisco Examiner

"Joyous...Brimming with humor, gratitude, and grace, this is a remarkable story." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608193035
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 441,032
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Steven Kotler is the author of the novel The Angle Quickest for Flight, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and the non-fiction West of Jesus, a 2006 PEN West finalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired, Discover, Popular Science, Details, Outside, 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 New Mexico.

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A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
This is such an interesting story. Steve Kotler went from being dogless to dog rescuer all because of love. When his girlfriend states that he needs to love her dogs as well as her, he jumps in, well, with reservations, but he is quickly won over by four legged furries that warm his heart. He gives up everything in Los Angeles to follow his love and his heart to New Mexico where he helps found a sanctuary for dogs. It is wonderful that this man found his purpose in life through dogs. People underrate the fulfillment that dogs (and other pets) can bring to someone's life. Any one who love dogs and memoirs are going to find this heartwarming story a true pleasure to read.
kathydianad More than 1 year ago
This book became a true spiritual journey for me - not at all what I expected, but one of the most profound and enjoyable books I have read in a very long time. [Full disclosure: I bought the book for it's cover - I love dogs - but this way surpassed my hopes.] Kotler manages to carry the reader through some unexpected terrain, all within the difficult and challenging framework that is dog rescue. You will end up knowing much more than you ever anticipated learning, on unimaginable levels. His wit and timing are entertaining, his pace and language really delightful (at times, colorful!) You know there will be somber passages, but the author moves quickly and deftly through without minimizing or glossing over some of the hurdles and setbacks. I laughed out loud through many chapters - and was amazed by the shear scope of this work, and honestly inspired. I plan to buy more copies - this book will make an excellent gift. If you know a dog lover, this book will not disappoint.
LosAngelesDan More than 1 year ago
Living with a dog can be trying. Living with a dog-rescuer can be even more trying; the effects on the author are life-changing. Buy this book and follow Steven as his capacity for humanity grows and his understanding of his purpose in life becomes clear. This book will make you happy to be a human being.
RedReaderKCMO More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book and Steven Kotler has become one of my most favorite authors. A Small Furry Prayer is well written and researched. Kotler is also very well read and philosophical. When I first saw the subtitle I thought about giving the book a miss but I am so glad that I changed my mind. Besides being honestly autobiographical it made me seriously think about having pets again. Please if you only read just a few books about rescuing please please make A Small Furry Prayer one of the books on your list. You will never regret it. I promise.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I laughed and cried. I didn't want it to end. Kotler didn't set out to be a hero to unwanted dogs. That role came to him, first with a dog named Ahab, then with a woman who said that to love her meant loving her dogs. But this is more than a story about dogs. It's about a man finding his purpose through and with these dogs, about what it means to be human, about compassion and love and what's truly important in life. This book touched me all the way to my core.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love New Mexico and dogs so this non-fiction book was a fun read. Very interesting view of dog rescue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have a dog you should read this book! I couldn't put this book down! Not only did this book touch my heart with its moving story of dog rescue. But it also taught me a lot about the inner workings of my dogs mind. I find me and my pack (4dogs) are more in tune with each other and better at communicating after reading this book. Kudos to the writer for not only living the story but being able to put it together so wonderful in such a great educational book
kpkp1130 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book about the joy, sorrow and challenges of running a rescue for dogs. The author had me laughing out loud when describing his adventures hiking the badlands with his pack but also went into great detail about the challenges of rescue including the emotional toll it can take. I love dogs and wish I had the funds to rescue all the wonderful dogs in shelters. Dogs are a blessing from god and this book - and the authors absolute love for his mutts - make this a must read for anyone wishing to learn more about saving these precious lives. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super quick read. Totally enjoyable. Love, life, passion, humor, psychology, history, science, awesome.
tejaslady More than 1 year ago
Truthfully I expected this book to be a longer epithet on the horrors of rescuing stray dogs. Since my husband and I also do animal rescue and rehab I thought I might find some tip to helps us do our job better. If you think this, too, and that's all you want, don't buy this book. If you want a book written from the heart and soul with total honesty, results of studies and philosophical renderings on the aspects of animals, their needs, feelings, desires and fears, then buy this book immediately. I laughed; I cried (a lot); I stopped to think the theories through. It's a good read with a good flow to it, too. I had to go to the website and see just who these folks were. I can tell you that now: they are great people with big hearts who really care about animals. You won't be sorry to have bought this book. I'm recommending it to everyone I know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im going tru.the.most painfull.time.in.my.life.my.chihuahua zoe.is.dieing of.kidney.disease.and.i.am.reacching out in all.ways.to.help.me.keep.it.together i found this.book not knowing.how overwhelming it made.me.feel.that there.r.angles that r.put.on.this.earth.for.a real.purpose . Helping.creatures.that want.nothing moe than.to.love you. Its.humans that turn.animals mean and deffensive and scaired.This.book.opened my heart out for.zoe.has.lived a.great life.and its been.love.love.love. thank u for.helping me.but helping all the.dogs and their spirits come to.life.even if.its.a.short timeI.. dont know u but i love u both from New Jersey. I.will.be coming there.one.day to.rescue a.puppy. i.promise. Elizabeth ard
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JLMantha More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be a well written, well researched, humorous, educational and exceptional read. I felt I was living the events alongside the author and his bevey of dogs! I did not want the book to come to an end! I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in a good read about life, or human-pet relationships, animal rescue, or spiritual journeys. It's a book you will want to read again and again.
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i expected more of animal rescue and their adventures with the dogs they rescued. But each chapter became more psychobabble. Some of the psychology was interesting but to me it was too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that someone does rescue dogs. This is a wonderful and informative book for every one to read.
redstar More than 1 year ago
At first I wondered - then, I loved it!!
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Awsome small fury prayer
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