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Tails Are Wagging on Crete by [Richards, Freida]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6QLCM2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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A truly harrowing account of the ghastly way cats and dogs were/are treated in Crete, and the wonderful work Freida and others put in to change the fate of so many. Silly I know...but it jarred to see Margo and Jerry from the Good Life written as Marjorie and Jeremy and several other minor inaccuracies . Purely personal too...but I winced at the wisdom of transporting a very elderly horse across Europe to resettle with them....Frieda has written this chapter as though through the eyes of the horse...but maybe romanticises a dreadful journey.....? Read it to learn just what humans are capable of when empathy/understanding is culturally absent. Some truly horrific descriptions. I'd like to have read more about the link with Germany that enables Frieda to send abused/abandoned pets to new homes...a ray of sunlight in a very dark book.
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I started reading this book and kept on thinking it would get better.....
Got tired of How Bad the Cretans were with animals.......
Kept on putting it down and then picking it up thinking it would get better.......
Very dissappointing
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I liked this book and some of the stories of the dog rescues would break your heart. Freida and her husband are true heroes. However, don't read it as a novel but more of a diary of various rescues and the hurdles to overcome. Not a very good picture painted of attitudes in Crete towards dogs so be warned.
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This book was a fantastic read, it was extremely funny, it will have you laughing out loud on one page, on the next it will break your heart. you will be in tears, happy, and angry. You will feel helpless at times and frustrated. I think you will feel every emotion known to man. I have been to other countries with different cultures to ours in the UK, fortunately I have not been aware of this sort of cruelty. I have just got back from Marrakech and am happy to say the Moroccan's care for their animals, around the hotel were large bowls of Cat food, proper cat food and big bowls of water, they really did look after them, there were lots of cats all well fed. If you are a cat lover please go to Marrakech, but if you are a dog lover I would recommend you read this book before you decide to go to Crete, you may prefer Morocco.
Edna Williams (age over 60)
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I THOUGH IT WAS MORE OF A STORY ABOUT ANIMALS ON CRETE, NOT THE UPSETTING CARE OF ANIMALS FROM UNCARING PEOPLE !!!!
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Great little book. A bit heavy on the historical invasions of Crete. , if you haven't heard them before, ( we have ), and a bit harsh on the Cretans with regard to their attitude to dogs. If you move to a country, you shouldn't expect the locals to change the habits of centuries, to suit English tastes. We've been to Crete for over 20 years, and have loads of Cretan friends, but we have learned to respect their customs, no matter how different to ours.
Good tale, though, and told in an interesting style.
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Firstly I couldn't put this book down and not sure why but think it was read about how Freida and partner rescued more animals and what became of them. Freida managed to bring character to each of the dogs she talks about and she and her partner are obviously gifted people who care dearly for animals and their welfare and this is commendable trait.

I was a bit confused about the journey to Crete expecting more about it and more detail but not sure why and the paragraph that links the cruelty to the Ottomans is a tad tenuous for me and it would have best been left out. There are many Greek's who love their pets and care for them dearly but in a harsh landscape and when people are poor then this may influence them more. Many countries don't care for dogs and its not all based upon religion and so this is my reason for best leaving this out but guess Freida is searching for a reason, she likes the Cretans but can't understand some of their attitudes to animals, which is more linked to the harsh conditions some people live under.

I think the author needs to reconcile herself with the Cretan attitude to animals otherwise I think its going to have a negative influence on her life in Crete.

Other than that issue the book was very readable and heart breaking and its given me plenty of thought to the plight of animals in Crete which is what I guess the book is all about?

Thank you.
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