Animal Rapport

Read moving stories about the spiritual connections that humans and animals share. These books are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

Elephant Company : The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War IIElephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke
A forester, who worked with elephants to haul logs through the remote jungles of Burma for a British teak company, joins a wartime dirty tricks department using his elephants to carry supplies and build bridges behind Japanese lines in 1942.

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw
Scientific expert combines research with fascinating case studies to take readers into the minds of domestic cats.

Horses Never Lie About Love: The Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Her by Jana Harris
True Colors, a traumatized and smoke-damaged mare, has spent three decades with the author on her Washington State farm.

Alex and Me : How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--And Formed a Deep Bond in the ProcessAlex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence by Irene M. Pepperberg
An African Grey parrot’s thirty-year relationship with his trainer changed scientific understanding about language and thought.

The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle
CEO of the Humane Society of the US explores humanity’s eternal bond with animals and presents a plea to support the needs of millions of at-risk creatures.

Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog by Steven Winn
His family adopted a terrier from a shelter that turned out to hate men so the author began a quest to win the dog’s trust.

Dogtripping : 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country AdventureDogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 volunteers and 3 RVs On Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure by David Rosenfelt
Mystery writer and his family made a cross country move from California to Maine with twenty-five dogs, a story about how he and his wife came to create the Tara Foundation for rescue dogs.

Ever By My Side by Nick Trout
Veterinarian moved his practice from England to America where he falls in love, gets married, has a child and shares lessons of life, loyalty and love with pets at home and at the office.

Homer's Odyssey : A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder CatHomer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, Or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper
A pet rescue volunteer and literacy outreach coordinator describes her relationship with a three-pound blind cat whose spunkyl character and affectionate personality saw the author through six moves, a burglary and the healing of her broken heart.

A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
Bourke and Rendall adopted a lion cub in London and worked with George Adamson to reintegrate him into the wild of Kenya.

Songs of a Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes
Afflicted with Asperger’s syndrome, an anthropology professor was homeless by age 16 but triumphed through a connection with gorillas at the zoo.

The Urban Bestiary : Encountering the Everyday WildThe Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Nature writer ventures into the everyday wilderness, where coyotes, raccoons, chickens, hawks and human life in close proximity.

The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose
A wild bird rehabilitator and nature artist describes her efforts to rescue injured birds and her experiences when those birds come back to visit.

Smiling Bears: A Zookeeper Explores the Behavior and Emotional Life of Bears by Else Poulsen
A zookeeper shares the insights she has gained raising, teaching and learning from bears in Calgary, Canada, where she rehabilitated bears in crisis.

A Buffalo in the House : The True Story of a Man, an Animal, and the American WestA Buffalo in the House: The True Story of a Man, an Animal, and the American West by R.D. Rosen
More than one hundred years after Veryl Goodnight’s ancestors hand-raised two baby buffalo to help save the species from extinction, she and her husband adopt an orphaned buffalo calf of their own.


Originally published on October 10, 2014 in the Lititz Record Express.