“A Literary Collection About Our Animals”
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“Love can be and sure enough is moving in all things, in all places, in all forms of life at the same snap of your finger.” – Woody Guthrie
The above quote is the inspiration for the title of this book, a collection of prose and short stories by 30 different authors, some well known and amongst my favorites such as Dean Koontz and S. E. Hinton. Woody Guthrie was an Oklahoma native, and the book was conceived as a philanthropic effort by Oklahoma based Kirkpatrick Foundation, which is committed to improving the lives and welfare of animals all across the country. All proceeds (less bookseller and distribution fees) from the book will benefit animal charities.
While many stories in this book are about dogs, there are also many about cats, horses, and wildlife as well. One of my favorites “A Migrant’s Story” by Reyna Grande, is about butterflies! Some stories are touching, some are heartbreaking, and many are inspirational. I have not read the whole book yet, but another of my favorites was by P.C. Cast, “My Warrior”, about her trained protection dog, Badger.
The book begins with a simple poem “The Cat” by Ursula K. Le Guin. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of poetry, but I loved it! I’m not going to share it here, since I want you to buy the book. 😊
There is something here for every animal lover. This is a book I like to pick up when I sit on the couch with Luke for a few minutes. I enjoyed the simple illustrations of animals throughout, and the fact that each story or poem is prefaced by a photo of the author with some of the special animals in their lives.
The Kirkpatrick Foundation aids many important causes, including education, animal well-being, environmental conservation, and historic preservation. They conceived and created this book, incurring all of the creative and printing costs. The book is intended as a limited edition. Last year alone, they gave grants to over 40 animal welfare organizations, half of which are national or worldwide, the majority of which receive no government or state assistance and rely solely on individual donations and volunteers.
The proceeds from this book go specifically to 6 Oklahoma based charities, listed at the end of the book, two of which are wildlife charities, the rest animal welfare. In addition, the authors who contributed donated their honoraria to non-profit animal charities of their choice, or made private gifts.
The Kirkpatrick Foundation’s goals with this book are not only to directly benefit these charities. They hope to educate and inspire the public to value animal well-being in their own lives and communities. They set a goal in 2012 to make Oklahoma the safest and most humane place to be an animal by 2032. My hope is that this book will also inspire other foundations and communities to do the same, while at the same time inspiring each reader to do a little more as well.
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