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By Brenda Peterson

This can be the tale of a existence and spirit guided through animals. Brenda Peterson was once raised within the excessive Sierras on a countrywide woodland lookout station, and natural world had a regular, defining impact on her lifestyles. Peterson explores her deep reference to animals, from gazing grizzlies in Montana's Rockies, to conserving Siberian huskies as pets in manhattan urban, to her paintings for the recovery of untamed wolves. Her full of life storytelling bridges the worlds of human and animal, as she fascinates us with intimate tales of her experiences of untamed dolphins, whales, and orcas. Peterson finds how animal bonds have enriched her lifestyles and led her towards a much broader epiphany: As a species we won't stay with out different animals. "[A] wealth of attention-grabbing anecdotes and insights...[an] enticing memoir."—Publishers Weekly

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Thump! Thump! Thump! It was awful to see Elizabeth hurting 42 school herself and we couldn’t understand it. Our parents explained that she was doing it out of frustration because she couldn’t tell us if she was unhappy or in pain the way we could. The smearing of excrement also resumed. Often it would be in her fingernails and she would smell. If she wiped it on us we would wash our hands, but it seemed to stay with us for the rest of the day. She would bite, pull hair and scratch whoever came close.

If Elizabeth tried to interrupt, Cathy would turn her antics into a game, laughing her off fearlessly. Elizabeth walked around with arms outstretched as if playing blindman’s buff, repeating over and over her own madeup ‘bijabye, bijabye’, the only word of more than one syllable she ever spoke. Cathy would play along, letting herself be caught or running away. Cathy never flinched and was agile enough to avoid Elizabeth when the mood inevitably changed. This might not have been registered by Elizabeth, but it was great for us to be able to relax with our first friend at home.

I wondered if they would make friends or find a way of talking to each other. After Elizabeth’s discharge from the centre in September she was more settled, but would have occasional tantrums and bite and scratch if she was crossed. Mum still had to shield the little 34 d e pa r t u r e s ones from her attacks and Dad thought she became over­protective of Damian. But Damian remembers the gripping fear that would overcome him if Mum left him for an instant as a child, along with the awful awareness that it would frustrate Dad terribly to see him so hopeless.

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