Book Review of Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte
Not many books strike me with a heartwarming interest to review them, but this one has done just that. For those of you that know me, are aware that the first thing on my mind is birds and animals, so this book up for review has got to be about those creatures. Undoubtedly, you are correct.
I was handed this book by a friend that told me that I would love it, that it was right up my alley. Well, Jeannie, you were right.
“Enslaved by Ducks” is truly the sort of book that any animal lover would truly enjoy reading. It brings a smile to one’s face, an ever-knowing nod when a certain animal situation occurs, and the deepest understanding that only an animal person can ever elicit as a species.
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This wonderful book by Bob Tarte shows how a person totally unacquainted with animals can quickly learn that they all have different persona and their own way of doing things. This man married an animal lover, and was quickly injected into the world of what it means to care for animals, deeply and unequivocally.
He specifically begins this book with a cast of animal characters, and there are certainly many. The saga begins with cats and rabbits, and soon moves on to parrots, doves, canaries, parakeets, European Starlings, ducks, geese, and turkeys. If I have left any out, I apologize to Bob, Linda, and the animals affected.
Bob quickly learns that all these wonderful creatures are far from the same. They all possess temperaments, and experience both happiness and sadness, along with other specific emotions in between. Both Bob and Linda Tarte go through a myriad of events with these animals, some that have passed on and others that are still quite full of life and spunk.
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They learned a great deal from rehabilitators and veterinarians, and certainly spared no expense on giving these wonderful animals the quality of life that they deserved. They provided care above and beyond what many other people do.
There are many entertaining stories that we can all learn from within these pages, and other stories that are quite sad that we will still get something from.
We will also learn about the intelligence factor of animals and how some of them actually played an important part in the lives of both Bob and Linda.
I’d like to end with this fact: animals will always enrich our lives, both domestic and wild. Opening one’s heart, like Bob Tarte did, to life like he never dreamed about until he married Linda, shows the true beauty of humanity. Not only that, they made a huge difference in the lives of some misfit animals that were unwanted in this world. We can all reach that wonderful pinnacle of caring.
This book is an excellent read for those of us that love animals, those that are curious about them, and people that just want to experience life on the other side of humanity. “Enslaved by Ducks” is a five-star must-read out of five stars according to my standards.