Among the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wolf Handler (Paperback)

Among the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wolf Handler By Toni Shelbourne, Anne Carter (By (photographer)), Lee Piper (By (photographer)) Cover Image

Among the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wolf Handler (Paperback)

By Toni Shelbourne, Anne Carter (By (photographer)), Lee Piper (By (photographer))


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Life sometimes offers very special opportunities and experiences – some too magical not to share. That's what this book is: a wealth of stories about an incredible decade in Toni Shelbourne's life. Worldwide, only a handful of people get to spend time with socialized wolves; not the wolves seen in zoos, nervously pacing or hiding in their enclosures, but wolves raised by humans. These wolves trust people, allow us to interact with them, and accept us into their world.

This book tells the story of Toni's life with eleven charismatic wolves at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Berkshire, England. Over ten years, she has handled, raised, cared for and nursed these amazing creatures, and within these pages you will come to know the characters; laugh at their sense of fun, mourn at their passing - and learn to love them as she does.

Describing some of the best and worst of times, discover what happens behind closed doors when the public goes home, leaving just Toni and the wolves ...

Toni Shelbourne has worked with dogs and wild canids for over twenty five years. A Tellington TTouch Practitioner, and author of The Truth about Wolves and Dogs, also published by Hubble and Hattie, Toni is also an environmental educator, lecturer, and presenter. Toni's work as a Tellington TTouch Practitioner led her to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, where she worked with a pack of socialised wolves. For ten years she observed wolves on a daily basis, progressing to become a Senior Wolf Handler and Education Officer for the organisation. Her observations helped her develop a unique insight into wolf behavior, and led her to question the ingrained ideas about the alpha theory with dogs: ideas that were often in conflict with her own observations and knowledge. The result was her first book, The Truth about Wolves & Dogs. This, her second book, takes the reader on the very personal journey of Toni's life with the wolves.

Product Details ISBN: 9781845847609
ISBN-10: 1845847601
Publisher: Hubble & Hattie
Publication Date: May 15th, 2015
Pages: 128
Language: English

"'Among the Wolves' is an only-one-of-its-kind type of book. Rich in anecdote and information, it has something for everyone who cares about human relationship with the natural world. By writing it Toni Shelbourne has performed a service to wolf-kind everywhere." - Tony Haighway

"Elizabeth Abbott's "Dogs and Underdogs: Finding Happiness at Both Ends of the Leash" and Toni Shelbourne's "Among the Wolves" are excellent reads. Both books are filled with personal stories about these amazing beings and show how we can rescue and help them and they can in turn rescue and help us. Both also raise numerous questions about human-animal relationships. - Marc Bekoff Ph.D. in Animal Emotions

"From the first page of this book the reader is drawn in to the secret world of the wolf and its relationship and interaction with Toni Shelbourne. A very special bond was built up over the years and successive wolves have benefitted from Toni's expert knowledge and calm and practical approach. All this is described in this impressive little book and anyone wanting in depth knowledge of her relationship with them all will not be disappointed. It is a diary of events that once you start you will be unable to put down as you enter the world of the captive wolf. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this as a retired director of the UKWCT and knowing all the characters involved." - Anne CarterAdministrator - The Labrador Lifeline Trust