Review: Sharon Keeble – My Rescue Pet Rescued Me

My Rescue Pet Rescued Me
Sharon Ward Keeble

“A heart-warming collection of true stories exploring the bonds formed between people and pets in times of trouble. Meet the inspirational animals who went from being rescued to becoming rescuer in these incredible true stories.”

I seem to have a lot of complicated thoughts and feelings prompted by this book! It was a spot of lighthearted reading in my day that I knocked over in a couple of hours. It’s prime time to give this book as a gift for Christmas – anyone who loves animals is going to appreciate it as a thoughtful present. In my opinion, it’s not a reread, but it is worth a read.

I am 100% behind the idea that pets can be healing. I own two conures (a small, very smart parrot) and they get me up in the morning when sometimes I can’t face the day. They need me to make their breakfast, and let them out of their sleeping cages. Its not like a dog where you have to walk them, but it works for me! My worry whenever I read stories of animals ‘curing’ their owners’ PTSD or anxiety is that the animal might be seen as the sole cure needed, when in fact recovery from thses illnesses is difficult.

I’m really sorry, but one of these people adopted/fostered/rescued something like 284 pigs! It’s facts like these that surprise me when pigs are usually seen as food animals, despite being very smart. The same with people who rescued horses from being dog meat. There is a way of life and a balance in the ecosystem, but at the same time everyone needs to be fed. Cats for example are obligate carnivors – they will die if they don’t eat animal protein. Humans could definitely eat less meat though!

What counts as a “rescue pet”? One in particular was a duckling that was saved from becoming snake food. Also, are there not enough pets within Western first world countries (see here for an explanation of first, second and third world countries) that need rescue, that people have to go overseas and import a dog at great expense?

I was also frustrated that the majority of these (very) short stories are women and their pets. Other pet rescue / awesome pet books I have read such as Extraordinary Old Dogs or Miracle Mutts have a little more variety in the lives presented. That being said, again, this book is a great, generally non-confrontational read that is a great gift for an animal lover.

Hachette | 9th November 2021| AU$22.99 | paperback

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