“A good read... Written well ~ a page turner.”Northanna_2001 wrote this review Monday, May 25, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great book for those who enjoy stories of human/wild animal relationships and just plain human/human relationships too. An intriguing story with flowing text and wonderful, sensitive photographs by the author. My husband liked it too.”Francine H wrote this review Friday, April 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Check out her blog for the most amazing pictures.”jP wrote this review Tuesday, March 3, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On a Vespa journey across continental America, Shreve Stockton falls in love with Wyoming. Almost on a whim she moves out there, renting a house she has never seen. As she makes friends, she meets Mike, moving onto his property due to money issues. Mike's job is to kill coyotes that threaten the local ranches, but one day he brings a pup home to Shreve. Knowing nothing she attempts to raise it for a whole year. During that journey Shreve coins "The Daily Coyote" e-mail, then blog (http://dailycoyote.blogspot.com/), and then the book. I picked up The Daily Coyote because I enjoyed the photos on her blog, specifically ones with Charlie either with Eli or in the long grass, and that is why I picked this book up. It doesn't contain as many photos as I hope, but was not a bad read.
As a book, The Daily Coyote is well written and follows a plot with character development, a.k.a. not the author's random musings for a year. Apparently her blog has caused several people to comment, with joy and with criticism. I haven't taken a look at those comments, but it reflects where people might have issues with this book. Some people will think what she did/does is cruelty to a wild animal; others a lucky chance to connect with nature. My only personal comments was that Shreve was very naive. She gives the impression she is sort of a wild child, doing things on a lark, and having never taken care of another being before. In this she makes several mistakes, especially not vaccinating Charlie early in life. Or never doing research on pack mentality until issues come forth. However, she does learn--hence the character development. (I still think she got very, very lucky that Charlie's temperament turned out so well.)”
“I think if you have an issue with the fact that the author is raising a wild animal than its not the book for you, but to judge it just on those merits is a wild over generalization of the author and the book. One, the collar is for the coyotes protection, in a state where most coyotes are shot on site. Two, it was either take him in as a pup or drown him. Also I think she mentioned it on her blog, but went a little understated in the book that if she had thought that he would have been happier released than she would have.
So I gave this book four stars, that is not to say that there are not flaws in the book. What I most enjoyed was her description of Wyoming, the people she met there. It was a very honest book too, she could have glossed over the problems that she had or made her decisions all seem like good ones. There is a certain abruptness to the writing at times and towards the middle end I found I got a little annoyed with the author, and her constant worrying. In the end though I think it was very honest of her to allow us to see both her good and bad sides. (Also, though it was never stated I think the author had never really owned a dog, or something because the pack mentality seemed to be a mystery to her? )
Anyway overall enjoyable autobiographical story of a year in a life of someone daring to do what few would even try to do. ”
“Wonderful pictures and great descriptions of the location, but overall I didn't care much for the author and I didn't agree with some of her choices. Seemed like she was non-commital with raising Charlie...she wanted him to retain his 'wildness', but yet wanted him to behave as a PET. Regardless, an entertaining story and heartwarming from a sense of how much animals can mean to their 'owners'...”Bekkah wrote this review Thursday, February 12, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A thought-provoking glimpse of the author's year raising a coyote pup, with gorgeous photos throughout.”Emeraldeyes wrote this review Tuesday, January 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No