If Animals Could Speak: Book Two

If Animals Could Speak: Book Two

by Chris Gray

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This is the second book in the series If Animals Could Speak and relates the events of the six years following the end of book one. These tales continue to explore the loyal friendship of the many animal companions whose company I’ve enjoyed. As mentioned in the first book, many of the stories I share here are humorous since animals of all species and ages can be truly comical. But life doesn’t always go according to plan, so some reminiscences are quite sad. However, most tales just tell the story of animals being themselves and displaying their own brand of intelligence and wisdom, patience and compassion, curiosity and sense of adventure. Having spent the previous 11 years observing, experiencing and enjoying the antics of my companions I still felt the best way to learn about them was to stop, to watch and to think about the actions and reactions I witnessed. If you’ve already read my first collection of stories, you’ll know I believe animals aren’t dumb. And after that first decade I also realised that I’d only just started to understand their language and translate it into human-speak. My menagerie over this current period included six dogs, seven cats, four horses, but still no ‘partridge in a pear tree’. As you read these stories you’ll notice I’ve again included the mistakes I made and the lessons I learned. All my life I’ve treated animals with dignity and respect. I also mention attitudes that slowly changed during this time. Once again, I sincerely hope that those who read this book will enjoy my companions’ adventures in their own right. And if you gain a little more insight into how your own animal friends relate, either with you or with each other, then I have achieved my goal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780980718737
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 11/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
File size: 336 KB

About the Author

Chris Gray has always loved animals and the first to enter her life was the family dog - a Smithfield Kelpie named Bobby. The friendship that developed left her with a yearning to be surrounded by animals who would become friends, just as Bobby had been.

Over the years Chris has found life often gives just what you need when you most need it. The first animal to enter her adult life was a dog that she literally dragged out of rising floodwaters. And that was just the beginning of thirty five years (to date) of rescuing and adopting a long line of strays and waifs. These have included nine dogs, nine cats and seven horses. Of course not all her animal companions came from such dire backgrounds.

Chris has always been creatively inclined and that first showed itself when her high school English teachers encouraged her to consider writing as a possible career. That decision was obviously delayed for quite a few years. During the intervening years she pursued a variety of careers including self-taught civil and structural engineering drafting/tracing, courier driver, receptionist, accounts clerk and personnel officer.

When Chris married her second husband Keith, also an animal lover, she took a few years off work and expanded her interest in reading, cooking, gardening and sharing time with family and friends. These interests she still pursues today. Eventually she felt the need to satisfy her creative leanings so she set about establishing her own fashion label. When Keith was diagnosed with a terminal illness she decided to walk away from her business and spend her time looking after her soul-mate.

After Keith's death she re-entered the workforce and resumed office work. Around this time she met her third husband Roger who also has a deep love of animals, although by that time there was only one dog and two cats sharing Chris' home in suburbia.

Eventually Systemic Lupus Erythamatosis made it impossible for her to continue working. After surviving a near fatal illness due to complications, Chris decided the best therapy through the long slow recovery period was to get back to something creative.

The concept for this book originated with her desire to honour the memory of the numerous animal friends whose company she's enjoyed over the years. Never having experienced the joys and trials of motherhood, her animal companions became her 'children'. Over the years she's chosen to stop, to watch and to think about the actions and reactions she's witnessed and has concluded animals are very intelligent. In her own words: "I've had fun learning their 'language' and translating it into human-speak. Hence the book.

Another goal is to donate a proportion of the net profits of her writing to animal welfare organisations.

Chris has spent the past fifty years in glorious south-east Queensland and has alternated between suburban and small acreage living and is definitely more comfortable on the latter.

The above was written by Chris in mid-2009 shortly before Book One was published. Only a month later Chris suffered a stroke followed by a second one on New Year’s Eve. Chris was able to recover sufficiently to attend the launch of the first book, a time of celebration for us all. However the good times were not to last for long with two more serious strokes happening in the first few months of 2010.

Chris then spent the next three years in care fighting tenaciously to get home and to finish Book Two. In May 2013 she returned home to her one remaining cat, her birds and gardens and her husband Roger.

Over the next 2 years she slowly recovered and with her fierce will to get her independence back she completed Book Two by the end of May 2015 and had also done some more work on the final book.

Luck wasn’t on her side however and two weeks later she suffered a massive cerebral aneurysm and passed away not getting to see her dream of honouring all her animal companions come to fruition.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Gleneagle 1

Time to Move 3

Dorado, Meet Star 5

"I'm Here, Don't You Know?" 7

A Sense of Fair Play 9

Pete and the Dogfight 12

Gentleman Kelly Was Attacked 17

Where Are All Those Bones? 20

Farewell Dorado and Welcome Buck 22

Pete Knew How to "Skitch Dem Pussies" 26

A Game of Consequences 28

Rob and I Separate 30

Part 2 Daisy Hill 33

The Dogs Plus One Arrived 35

Life Took an Interesting Turn 40

Pete Found a Really Great Dam 41

Exploring Daisy Hill State Forest 43

Let's Play 'Hide and Seek' 45

Now Where Is Pete? 48

Sox and Lucky 53

Lions and Tigers 55

Boating and Dogs-Fun For All 59

Invisible Pete-Take Two 62

Number Four Arrived 64

Understanding King 70

Part 3 Back To Jimboomba 75

Time to Start a New Life 77

A Meeting of Like Minds-Or Not 81

We're All One Happy Family 83

The Horses Arrived 90

Buck and I in the Backblocks 92

King Becomes the Great Ginger Hunter 96

Pete's Za Treat 100

Boys No Longer 103

Debonair Dogs 105

The Quiet Twosome 107

A Basketful of Blossom-Or Not 109

The Day King Grew Up 112

King the Gardener 115

Beauty Made Three 119

Fun in the Dam 121

Two Friends Visit 123

You Don't Belong Here 125

Blossom and the Unfairness of Life 128

Pete's Not Well 134

My Protector 138

Kim Rejoins the Family 140

Sox Arrives 142

King and His Injury 146

An Itsy Bitsy Dog 149

The Dogs Go for a Holiday and So Do We 153

What's In There? 157

Calypso Arrives 161

Submarine Bo-An Awesome Sight 167

Goodbye Beauty (March 1988) 169

The Un-Luckyest Hunter 170

Pete and His Lumps 173

What Time Is It? 176

Carrots with a Crunch 179

Sox's Emergency 182

Kelly's Last Day 186

One Thing Led to Another 190

Three Escapologists 197

Meet 'Long-ears' the Donkey 199

Gus's Wee Problem 203

The Sausage Thief 205

Invisible Pete-Take Three 207

King and the Dinghy 209

The Grey-crowned Babblers 213

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