Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A "Marley and Me" Alternative

Marley and Me is the latest animal lovers' best-seller to hit the big screen, but I wanted to mention another, less famous animal story that's worth a read: Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and his Girl.

If you like stories about animals and their quirks and the way they change their owners, this is a great, easy read. Who knew barn owls had such intelligence and personality? The author, a biologist who adopts an infant barn owl and then raises him for the next 19 years, is a biologist from CA. Along with a great pet story, this book also gives some interesting insight into the eccentricity of biologists and their work, along with the incredible bond that some animals can create with their owners. I'm not sure I totally believed the part about communicating via telepathy with your pet, but it's intersting nonetheless.

It's a quick, entertaining read, and will probably make you think twice about animals and the emotional and intellectual capabilities they really do have. Give it a try~


newman said...

anything that removes the desire to see marley and me has to be good!


Marianne Arkins said...

But... does he die at the end? "Marley and Me" was utterly demoralizing for me because of that. *sigh*

I love a good animal story...

Allie Boniface said...

Marianne, the author gives you fair warning before Wesley...um...flies away, so you can put down the book then if you like. You kind of have to know that any animal story is probably going to end that way, anyway.