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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.
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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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful.
Highly recommended story of dogs, science, philosophy and love
By Jo-Ann Mapson
A Small Furry Prayer is the story of two writers who are dog rescuers in the town of Chimayo, New Mexico, famous for its church of miracles and scary drug statistics. Joy (Tribes of Palos Verdes) and Steven (West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origins of Belief), are already rescuing dogs in LA when the story opens. But their space is limited, and the cranky landlord who asks them to leave spurs them to make a drastic move: They spend all their money to move to a chunk of land in Northern New Mexico. Because Joy’s bull terrier seemed to accept Chihuahuas, that was the breed they took in. The dogs that come to them are truly at rock bottom. Abused, injured, mangy, the dogs with deformities, unloved, sometimes unloveable, they are the dogs everyone turns away from, pretends they don’t exist. If a Chihuahua or mixed breed is on death row, they take them in. Special needs, elderly, and the toughest cases, those who bite if you try to pet them, all find salvation at Rancho de Chihuahua. There is no “training method” here, simply acceptance, love, exercise, good food and kindness. Each individual dog delivers a story worth telling, proving their hearts, teaching a lesson, and earning my admiration. The patience Joy and Steven have with up to 50 dogs at a time is worthy of the Nobel prize. I loved how this book placed the dog in a wider perspective–philosophically (You’ll never think of Rene Descartes in the same way again), scientifically (did you know that dogs can laugh? Isn’t that the greatest news ever?! ) and the history of the dog and its relationship with humans will expand the way you look at dogs forever. Sometimes even the most avid dog lover will skip over such a book in order to avoid the emotions such stories stir up. I have a heart made of butter, and charmed by the cover art (a dog who could have been my Echo reincarnated) I could not put this book down. Dogs don’t ask for much, and we have so much to give them. This book reminded me that every creature deserves our respect, and why we need to try harder with animals. You don’t have be a dog lover to enjoy this book. Just prepare to have your notions of dogs challenged and expanded. This is a book I’ll be giving as presents for a long time. I recommend it highly.
65 of 65 people found the following review helpful.
Furry, yes. Fluffy, no.
By Jennifer Osterman
Small Furry Prayer is not the book that I thought it was going to be. I thought that I would be reading just another heartwarming tale of outrageous animals changing peoples’ lives. In fact, that is only one of the elements that comprises this book. This is the story of a reluctant dog rescuer, a midlife crisis, a girlfriend and a ranch with a donkey. Each chapter does encompass one or more anecdotes about the rescued dog, but each also ranges far and wide into topics including neurobiology, ethology, religion, mysticism, heartbreak, inequality, trust and renewal. Deep, introspective and engaging, this book was far from the fluffy read I was expecting. Highly recommended for dog lovers and anyone else who may have once wondered if they’re smarter than we give them credit for.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful.
The blessing of “A Small Furry Prayer”
I loved this book, and have already recommended it to my dog-loving friends. I bought the book on a whim in an airport bookstore. Chalk that impulse buy up to the endearing cover image. From page one to the very last page, I couldn’t put this book down. I was simply amazed to learn that Joy and Steven didn’t “crash and burn” along the way. Talk about withstanding adversity!
The book is not at all about how to train dogs to get along in a pack. But that was OK. I have 5 rescues, and what this book did for me was give me two gifts: a new perspective and improved coping skills. I now put myself in my dogs’ “paws” more quickly, and I think more about why I react to them the way I do. I used to think I had it rough. Now I know what courage in ending abuse, suffering, neglect, and pain is really about.
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