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Excellent book, impossible to put down! The goup Rescue Ink is still alive and well today, rescuing abused and neglected animals and dealing with the abusers in the most effective way. My hat goes off to them and the folks who put this book together sharing the heart-wrenching, and heart-warming, tales. ...Tails?
Nov 12, 2009
Big Bodies Hiding Bigger Hearts
You ever walk somewhere and draw funny looks? You ever looked up from eating a fabulous steak dinner in a real nice restaurant and just stop mid chew because the couple across the aisle won't stop blatantly staring at you? Or maybe somebody has looked at you like you imagine they would look at Ted Bundy? I have a couple of tattoos and I get these looks everytime I wear a tank top. I can imagine how these big, tattoed bikers feel. Meet Big Ant, G, Batso, Johnny O, Eric, Des, Joe, Robert, Bruce, Angel, and the lone female, Mary. These ten heavily tattoed New York bikers (and Mary) have set out to show the world that loving animals is cool. It doesn't make you less of man. Or less of a biker. While rescuing numberous dogs, cats, pigs, horses, and ducks these guys are also showing the more ignorant folks out there that bikers are not bad. If people quit judging others on appearance alone, they may be surprised at what is under the skin.
I like this. I like these guys' stories. I got a good laugh every now and then, especially with the pig round up. I respect what these guys are trying to do, save the animals one dog or pig at a time. When they can't coax an owner to part with a neglected pet, they build a dog house for it. When families cannot afford to spay or neuter, these guys find a vet to do it for free. When they are not rescuing pets, they are visiting schools and talking to troubled kids or spreading the word and their phone numbers to encourage people to report animal abuse.
I hope there is a sequel. This was about getting to know the guys and their stories. What childhood experiences made them what they are today? Why do they care so much about animals? What made them start this group? And of course, there are rescue stories. I hope there is another, or even a series of books for those of us that don't get the National Geographic channel. I understand they have a show coming out.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-07-13 The brawny and heavily tattooed bikers constituting Rescue Ink, formed officially in 2008, have put a bounty on abusive dog (and other animal) owners. For almost a year, Flaim (The Holistic Dog Book) rode along with Batso, Big Ant, Johnny O, Angel, G and their five intimidating compadres on "in your face" missions to rescue abused and neglected animals, track down stolen dogs, teach compassion toward animals to high school students, rescue an estimated 180 cats from a house and-in one harrowing account-confront a cruel recluse who was killing squirrels, birds and strays in his backyard for sport. Flaim ably blends colorful profiles of the individual members-Joe Panz "is the kind of guy who could break out in hives just from saying the word frappuccino"-with journalistic accounts of their interventions with "trappers, torturers and garden-variety dirtbags." Starring in a National Geographic reality television show premiering this fall, the all-volunteer group's commitment inspires and endears. Photos. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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