Author: Andy Twedt
ISBN: 1-58939-942-0 (softcover)
Have you ever glanced at a three-photo spread of a ratty-looking dog in the Sunday pictorial section and realized that the subject is your dog? Have you ever had a hostile feral cat set up house-keeping in your bathroom for two years? Have avocados and bananas mysteriously disappeared from your countertop? Such things can happen to animal people, according to author Andy Twedt, whose collection of anecdotes relates the quirks, antics, and strange adventures of certain animals she has known. Her human characters, too, are often colorful, like those in British writer James Herriot's popular animal stories. They range from the outspoken, pickle-canning Aunt Lil to the laid-back Wizard of Rivoli Street, whose talent is painting orange flames on black motorcycles. Veterinarians share the limelight, also. The gentle Dr. Navarro dispenses his droll humor, while the fun-loving Dr. McConnell initiates a rowdy tug-of-war in his lobby. Whatever their species, the characters make the book a compelling read, not only for animal people, but for anyone who enjoys a lively anecdote.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Minnesota native Andy Twedt grew up on the long, steep hillsides that flank the Mississippi, just downriver from the city of St. Paul. She had numerous dogs and cats in her youth, then went on to adopt many more as an adult, as well as to provide foster care for homeless pets. Active in animal causes, she was a founding member of ROMP, the organization that spearheaded the "dog park" (designated off-leash dog area) movement in Minnesota. She advocated for children, also, in her career as a social worker, and is the author of a children's pet-care book, The Happy Pets of Wigglewood. Under the pen name, "Willie Whippet," she wrote a "dog-to-dog" advice column for the ROMP Reporter and is an occasional community columnist for the East Side Review, a weekly paper whose area includes St. Paul's historic "Railroad Island" neighborhood, where the author resides with her dog.
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