Part Wild

Part Wild

One Woman's Journey With A Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs

Book - 2011
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Part Wild is the unforgettable story of Ceiridwen Terrill's journey with a creature whose heart is divided between her bond to one woman and her need to roam free. When Terrill adopts a wolfdog--part husky, part gray wolf--named Inyo to be her protector and fellow traveler, she is drawn to Inyo's spark of wildness; compelled by the great responsibility, even danger, that accompanies the allure of the wild; and transformed by theextraordinary love she shares with Inyo, who teaches Terrill how to carve out a place for herself in the world.

Over almost four years, Terrill and Inyo's adventures veer between hilarious and heartbreaking. There are peaceful weekends spent hiking in snowy foothills, mirthful romps through dirty laundry, joyful adoptions of dog companions, and clashes brought on by the stress of caring for Inyo, insatiable without the stimulation of a life lived outdoors. Forced to move and accommodate the complaints of fearful neighbors and the desires of her space-craving wolfdog, Terrill must confront the reality of what she has done by trying to tame a part-wild animal.

Driven to understand the differences between dogs and wolves, Terrill spent five years interviewing genetics experts, wolf biologists, dog trainers, and wolf rescuers in the United States, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, and Russia. The fascinating results of her investigation make Part Wild as informative as it is moving.

A gifted writer able to capture the grace and power of the natural world, the complexity of scientific ideas, and the pulse of the human experience,Terrill has written a bittersweet memoir of the beauty and tragedy that comes from living with a measure of wildness.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2011.
ISBN: 9781451634815
Characteristics: x, 274 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 21, 2015

On one hand, the book provides unique insight into the evolution of dogs from wolves. You will finish this book with a deeper understanding and appreciation of both creatures as well as the history of their relationship to mankind. Another valuable insight will be a look into the psyche of a person who has no qualms about allowing a dangerous animal to roam freely in human society, off-leash, with little care for the people or animals that could be harmed. Though the author eventually had the animal put down, the wolf-dog was always on the verge of becoming a genuine menace to children, pets and even the author, herself. The author is a reality that is stranger than fiction. The reader, in perpetual awe, watches the author make one incomprehensible decision after another. She is a slave to her wolf-dog and her video-game junkie husband, contorting her life to the point of absurdity to make these odd relationships work. In this sense, the book provides insight into mental illness: the authors OCD, the husbands depression, the wolf-dogs' inability to fit into human society and the resulting menace this mix creates. If you want a book with valiant heroes juxtaposed to dastardly villains this is not the book for you. The characters are genuine but not likable.

Jan 09, 2012

This is a difficult book for me to comment on. I have trained dogs for over 30 years and talked with the local "wolf-dog" people so I knew from the beginning that her experience wouldn't be a happy one. The writing style is very easy to read and she holds your interest. BUT, how she could buy into the PR of the wolf-dog people without doing any other research is amazing to me. The research that she cites adds a lot to the story. It is just unfortunate that she did it after she got the wolf-dog.

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