Tuesday, August 24, 2010
New Local Dog Book - Animal Talk by Joyce Grant-Smith
I got a new book this week - "Animal Talk" by Joyce Grant-Smith - and you'll recognize some names in it.
The byline for the book is "Remarkable connections between animals and the people who love them" - and it's all about people around Nova Scotia interviewed by Joyce who have had special relationships with their companion animals - and they haven't necessarily been dogs or cats.
One of the names a lot of people will recognize is Marni Gent - who Joyce introduces as "the founder of Maritime Animal Rescue" - that gave me a real chuckle - but only a few people who read this blog will understand why, but those who do understand - will also chuckle! But anyway! Her companions that she talked about weren't cats or dogs - they were very typical for Marni - they were chickens! And actually, one chicken in particular - Pearl, "a beautiful hen, who's feathers were a deep blue-black, with a tinge of rust around her eyes and on her breast and her comb was a brilliant red" - not a description that you'd hear very often about something that you typically eat for supper - but something that I can imagine that Marni could wax philosophical about chickens like I could talk about dogs with no problems. And we're all the better for it.
Another person I recognized in the book was Maggie Carruthers - who I've talked about a lot on this blog - she's an animal communicator who I've used a lot with my own dogs - and in the book she talks about her own cat, Flous and her dog Bear - who I actually got to meet once - so that was awesome - I got to have a brush with greatness - I met an animal who was in the book!
Joyce also talks about another animal communicator who I didn't know was an animal communicator - she was at a seminar with Silvia Jay a couple months ago in Mahone Bay and she's an entlebucher breeder - so that's the only way I know her, but now that I know she's also an animal communicator - I'll have to think about her a little differently - Karen Runge - one of her dogs, Sante even has her own category on this blog I love her so much. So it really is a small world. (It's also a good excuse to get some Sante love in too! And who can't use some Sante love on a Tuesday night).
There are a ton of cute little stories in the book, and they're all from local animal owners - from the owners of the Aylesford Zoo, to owners who owned dogs that turned out to be heroes - it's a great little book.
It is having its book launch this weekend at the Hope for Wildlife Society's Open House this weekend - August 29th from 12 to 4pm
They'll be having special activities, an auction and lots of good stuff - so you should go, and pick up the book - I'm sure it's going to be tons of fun!