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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Kinky Friedman - Friend to Pets Everywhere!

Kinky Friedman is a man of many facets, but his love of animals is probably his most endearing. His Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in the Hill Country of Texas is known for saving the lives of animals that might have otherwise been put down.

The “Kinkstah” has taken his love of animals and written a fascinating new book, “Kinky’s Celebrity Pet Files.” Gathering stories from more than 35 of his close friends, acquaintances, and other folks he admires, along with photographs to accompany each short essay, Friedman presents a lively look at pets and the people who love them.

Among the pet lovers are icons of the music world – Jerry Jeff Walker and his cute-as-a-bug Maltese Coco; Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and his menagerie of over twenty miniature dogs; Fats Domino and his Bichon Frise, Winnie the Pooh and of course, Friedman’s long time friend Willie Nelson and his rescued horses.

Friedman’s fellow writers, Clive Cussler, Joseph Heller, and Tom Robbins also share their stories of beloved pets, as do actors F. Murry Abraham, Lily Tomlin, and Jim Nabors. Birds also make the cut in this collection of short stories, including Billy Bob Thornton’s mynah bird, Alice and the late Dom DeLuise’s flock of feathered pals.

The world of Vegas isn’t left out with inclusions from Penn Jillete’s and his amazing turtles, Teller’s blue spiny lizards and Donny Osmond with his ferocious Yorkie, Spike. Friedman also writes of his fellow politicians’ love of animals, with Bill Clinton’s Buddy and Ann Richard’s childhood bunny as examples. Stories of Hemingway’s Black Dog, Mark Twain’s kitten Bambino, Winston Churchill’s dog Rufus, and Johnny Cash’s beloved pig Snorkles are also represented here.

The story that touched me most was Friedman’s story of his much-loved cat, Cuddles. A faithful companion for over fourteen years, you can feel the love that this enigmatic man had for his pet through his short but heart-felt remembrance. There is a heart under that black hat after all.

“Kinky’s Celebrity Pet Files” is a delightful collection of short stories for animal lovers, celebrity fans as well as admirers of Kinky Friedman himself.


Petty Witter said...

Sounds like a must have for all us animal lovers - I shall certainly be ordering a copy. Thanks for that review.

Sheila Deeth said...

Sounds delightful. Thanks.

Ingrid King said...

This sounds wonderful - adding it to my list.