The Lightkeepers' Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses

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Pineapple Press Inc, 2007 - Pets - 328 pages
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Elinor De Wire has been writing about lighthouses and their keepers since 1972. During that time she found that hundreds of lighthouse animals wandered into her research notes and photo collection. This book is the story of all these cold-nosed, whiskered, wooly, hoofed, horned, slithery, buzzing, feathered, and finned keepers of the lights. Where else would a dog learn to ring a fogbell; a cat go swimming and catch a fish for its supper; or a parrot cuss the storm winds rattling its cage? Who other than a lightkeeper would swim a cow home, tame a baby seal, adopt an orphan alligator, send messages via carrier pigeons, or imagine mermaids coming to visit? The Lightkeepers' Menagerie gathers together animal stories from lighthouses all around the world, tales of happiness and sadness, courage and cowardice, tragedy and comedy, even absurdity. Sometimes, fur, feathers, and fins tell the best tales.
  

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Contents

Prologue
ColdNosed Companions
The FourFooted Watch
The Rescuers and the Rescued
Minnie Patterson and Yarrow
Fog Dogs
Mascots
My Dog Has Fleas
Aromas of Roast Fowl
Egg Wars
Bird Watching
Guano Guano Guano
The Lightkeepers Bestiary
Fancy Plumage and Stuffed Stiffs
Postal Pigeons
Caged Companions

Sea Dogs
Sled Dogs
Pampered Pooches and Cowardly Curs
Devoted Friends
Modernday Lighthouse Dogs
A Purr on the Hearth
Wet Paws Fish for Dinner
The Seaside Tao of Cats
Salty Whiskers and Nimble Feet
Lost in the Waves
Ghost Cats
Cats Courageous
Hoofprints in the Sand
The Wreckers Ruse
Building the Lights
Stubborn as a Lighthouse Mule
Whinnies HeeHaws and Moos
Sweetly Sings the Donkey
Horse Sense
The Lighthouse Barn
Here a Chick There a Chick
Fowl Language
How Now Brown Cow
Goatherds and Counting Sheep
Safe Haven for Farm Animals
Fine Feathered Friends
A Deed Most Fowl
Calamitous Collisions
Gifts from the Sea
Flippers and Dippers
The Seal Herd of the Farallons
Somethings Fishy
Fish Chowder
An Octopuss Garden
Calls from the Wilderness
All Things Wild and Wonderful
Turtle Egg Duff
Deer in the Headlights
Dancing with Bears
Beastly Appellations
You Dirty Rat
Beware the Large Lighthouse Cat
Later Alligator
A Snake in the Lighthouse Grass
Going Buggy
On the Salty Fringe
Shark Gods
Pods and Gams
A Whale of Light
The Lighthouse Caddy
Things That Go Splash in the Night
The Sirens Sultry Song
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Elinor De Wire, one of the most distinguished lighthouse historians in the USA, has been researching and photographing lighthouses for more than 25 years. She is the author of Lighthouses of the South" and Lighthouses of the Mid-Atlantic Coast," both published by Voyageur Press. Elinore De Wire lives in Seabeck, Washington.

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