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Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went From Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order
 
 
Author
Bob Tarte.
Publisher Algonquin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781565124509
Pages/Publication Date 308/2004
Daedalus Item Code 29504
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When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven. His wife Linda wanted a bunny, which seemed innocuous enough, until the little scamp began chewing through the electrical wiring. But instead of getting rid of the rabbit, Linda's response was, "Wouldn't a parrot be cute?" Soon Bob found himself constructing cages, buying feed, clearing duck waste, bandaging wounds (his own), and spoon-feeding a menagerie of furry and feathery residents. Writing as someone who's been ambushed by the way in which animals—even cranky ones—can wend their way into the heart, Tarte reveals the truth of animal stewardship, and of who really owns whom.

"With dead-on character portraits, Tarte keeps readers laughing about unreliable pet store proprietors, a duck named Hector who doesn't like water, an amorous dove named Howard, a foster-mother goose, patient veterinarians and increasingly bewildered friends. Tarte has an ordinary-Joe voice that makes each chapter a true pleasure, while revealing a sophisticated vision of animals and their relationship to humans."—Publishers Weekly

 
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