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Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte
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Enslaved by Ducks (2003)

by Bob Tarte

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    sweetbug: The two books are similar in tone and themes: both are mildly humorous works by middle-aged men living on small hobby farms in rural(ish) America.
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If you have ever had pets beyond the typical dog or cat, such as rabbits, ducks, parrots, pigeons, turkeys, etc. then you will love this book. Follow the crazy escapades of someone who takes on new animals, often without a clue about how to care for them until they get them home and learn first-hand. If you have never had pets beyond dogs and cats, you need to read this, so you can be warned, or maybe, enticed into trying some of these alternatives. At times Tarte writes in a style reminiscent of Patrick McManus, and Bob';s wife even sounds a little like Pat's wife at times. Just plain fun reading.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004BLIH0Y/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&a... ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
I bought this book for my father-in-law two Christmases ago. He is a husband, a step-father, a step-granddad. His step kids, both adults, live with him and his wife from time to time depending on what's going on in their lives. I believe his step-son's girlfriend and her/his baby live with them half-time but the grandbaby is there most of the time. Their house is surrounded by dogs and cats and other critters that wander onto their property from time to time. When my husband was young they had goats and horses and dogs and cats and a bevy of other animals.

About the book: When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven. Then Bob married Linda. She wanted a rabbit, which seemed innocuous enough until the bunny chewed through their electrical wiring. And that was just the beginning. Before long, Bob found himself constructing cages, buying feed, clearing duck waste, and spoon-feeding a menagerie of furry and feathery residents. His life of quiet serenity vanished, and he unwittingly became a servant to a relentlessly demanding family. "They dumbfounded him, controlled and teased him, took their share of his flesh, stole his heart" (Kirkus Reviews).

Whether commiserating with Bob over the fate of those who are slaves to their animals or regarding his story as a cautionary tale about the rigors of animal ownership, readers on both sides of the fence have found Tarte's story of his chaotic squawking household irresistible--and irresistibly funny.

This book made me laugh out loud, cry, laugh some more and helped me adopt two kittens after my Felix died. It's such a wonderful book and written so well and pleasantly. Bob is hilarious and his wife is a hoot. They are somehow magnets for animals that dislike their humans. But the book is such a riot that any animal lover, pet owner, enslaved by an animal should read this book. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
Very humorous book about a couple and their ever growing animal family.It seems that every unwanted,rejected,cantankerous animal comes to live with them! Nice story of their endless love and devotion that only animal lovers can appreciate. Spolier- skip over the parts of the author's shrink and the prescriptions.The animals are loveable and the stories very funny! ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
I actually think that the next book (that I accidentally read first) is better written. I'm not sure why or how exactly, but I suppose it's in part due to the fact that in that, [b:Fowl Weather|120405|Fowl Weather|Bob Tarte|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404577305s/120405.jpg|115940], Tarte is dealing with the loss of his father, and so there's more humanity & philosophy in the book, not just animals and more animals. But I do recommend this, too, as it does explain some basic background and logistics that are confusing if you read only the other. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The hilarious story of a man married to an animal lover who drags home strays and unwanted pets. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
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To my wonderful wife, Linda, who somehow keeps the chaos at bay.
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After living so long in the city, I felt peculiar at the farmhouse in Lowell.
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When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven. Then Bob married Linda. She wanted a rabbit, which seemed, at the time, innocuous enough. But that was just the beginning. "Wouldn't a parrot be cute?" Linda said. Bob suddenly found himself constructing pens, buying feed, clearing duck waste, spoonfeeding at mealtime. One day he realized he'd become a servant to a relentlessly demanding family, and a motley crew it was. Writing as someone who's been ambushed by the way in which animals, even cranky ones, can wend their way into the heart, Bob Tarte reveals the truth of animal ownership - and who really owns whom.
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The book that Entertainment Weekly called hilarious, Publishers Weekly declared a true pleasure, Booklist called heartwarming, and the Dallas Morning News praised as rich and funny is now available in paperback. When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven. Then Bob married Linda. She wanted a rabbit, which seemed innocuous enough until the bunny chewed through their electrical wiring. And that was just the beginning. Before long, Bob found himself constructing cages, buying feed, clearing duck waste, and spoon-feeding a menagerie of furry and feathery residents. His life of quiet serenity vanished, and he unwittingly became a servant to a relentlessly demanding family. They dumbfounded him, controlled and teased him, took their share of his flesh, stole his heart (Kirkus Reviews). Whether commiserating with Bob over the fate of those who are slaves to their animals or regarding his story as a cautionary tale about the rigors of animal ownership, readers on both sides of the fence have found Tarte's story of his chaotic squawking household irresistible--and irresistibly funny.… (more)

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