A Small Furry Prayer by Steven Kotler audiobook

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

By Steven Kotler
Read by Kevin Foley

Tantor Audio 9781608190027
9.24 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Steven Kotler was forty years old, single, and facing an existential crisis when he met Lila, a woman devoted to animal rescue. "Love me, love my dogs" was her rule, and Steven took it to heart. Spurred to move by a housing crisis in Los Angeles, Steven, Lila, and their eight dogs—then ten, then twenty, and then they lost count—bought a postage-stamp-size farm in Chimayo, New Mexico. A Small Furry Prayer chronicles their adventures at Rancho de Chihuahua, the sanctuary they created for their special needs pack. While dog rescue is one of the largest underground movements in America, it is also one of the least understood. An insider look at the "cult and culture" of dog rescue, A Small Furry Prayer weaves personal experience, cultural investigation, and scientific inquiry into a fast-paced, fun-filled narrative that explores what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged. Along the way, Kotler combs through every aspect of canine-human relations, from humans' long history with dogs through brand-new research into the neuroscience of canine companionship, in the end discovering why living in a world made of dog may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human.

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Steven Kotler was forty years old, single, and facing an existential crisis when he met Lila, a woman devoted to animal rescue. "Love me, love my dogs" was her rule, and Steven took it to heart. Spurred to move by a housing crisis in Los Angeles, Steven, Lila, and their eight dogs—then ten, then twenty, and then they lost count—bought a postage-stamp-size farm in Chimayo, New Mexico. A Small Furry Prayer chronicles their adventures at Rancho de Chihuahua, the sanctuary they created for their special needs pack.

While dog rescue is one of the largest underground movements in America, it is also one of the least understood. An insider look at the "cult and culture" of dog rescue, A Small Furry Prayer weaves personal experience, cultural investigation, and scientific inquiry into a fast-paced, fun-filled narrative that explores what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged. Along the way, Kotler combs through every aspect of canine-human relations, from humans' long history with dogs through brand-new research into the neuroscience of canine companionship, in the end discovering why living in a world made of dog may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Brimming with humor, gratitude, and grace, this is a remarkable story. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Steven Kotler captures something essential about dogs and humans in a way I have not seen anyone else do. With a hip, growling intensity, Small Furry Prayer is bound to inspire.” Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, New York Times bestselling author
“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.” Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, New York Times bestselling author
“With nods to psychological and ethological research, Kotler describes…the power of animal bonds, positing that our canine connections tell us about human nature.” Psychology Today
“Part Hunter Thompson, part Carlos Castaneda, but mostly so original that it’s difficult to peg…This is a delightful, rich read sure to take you to unexpected places and beyond.” Bark magazine
“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.” Examiner (London)
“Joyous…Brimming with humor, gratitude, and grace, this is a remarkable story.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A well-articulated understanding of how humans and dogs coevolved and background on animal welfare efforts in this country with his witty, sharp-edged, and rewarding reflections on life…Highly recommended not only for dog lovers but for readers of memoir, biology, and anthropology and seekers generally.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Part memoir and part philosophical study of the dog-human relationship…Kotler elevates this tale about saving dogs to a story about human stewardship of life.” Booklist
“Offers a touching account of Chihuahua adventures alongside interesting blurbs on the history of pet ownership…[and] a heartfelt example of humanitarianism at work.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Steven Kotler

Author Bio: Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is an award-winning journalist and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance. His nonfiction work West of Jesus was 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. He also writes “The Playing Field,” a blog about the science of sport, for PsychologyToday.com. He runs the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary with his wife in New Mexico.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English