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Part Wild is the unforgettable story of Ceiridwen Terrill’s journey with a creature whose heart is divided between her bond to one woman and her need to roam free. When Terrill adopts a wolfdog— part husky, part gray wolf—named Inyo to be her protector and fellow traveler, she is drawn to Inyo’s spark of wildness; compelled by the great responsibility, even danger, that accompanies the allure of the wild; and transformed by the extraordinary love she shares with Inyo, who teaches Terrill how to carve out a place for herself in the world.

Over almost four years, Terrill and Inyo’s adventures veer between hilarious and heartbreaking. There are peaceful weekends spent hiking in snowy foothills, mirthful romps through dirty laundry, joyful adoptions of dog companions, and clashes brought on by the stress of caring for Inyo, insatiable without the stimulation of a life lived outdoors. Forced to move and accommodate the complaints of fearful neighbors and the desires of her space-craving wolfdog, Terrill must confront the reality of what she has done by trying to tame a part-wild animal.

Driven to understand the differences between dogs and wolves, Terrill spent five years interviewing genetics experts, wolf biologists, dog trainers, and wolf rescuers in the United States, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, and Russia. The fascinating results of her investigation make Part Wild as informative as it is moving.

A gifted writer able to capture the grace and power of the natural world, the complexity of scientific ideas, and the pulse of the human experience, Terrill has written a bittersweet memoir of the beauty and tragedy that come from living with a measure of wildness.

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October 9th, 2013
I knew going in that this book was not going to be a happy tale, but it caught me up anyway. I couldn't help but fall in love with Inyo, anyway. This book is about one woman's mistakes and trials and heartbreaks, and what she does to try to fix them when everything seems to go wrong. Part memoir, part canine research, Part Wild grabbed me from the very beginning and I just couldn't stop reading. Her reminiscences are loving and touching, but blunt with truth, even the unpleasant ones. Her factual research interspersed throughout is laid out in easy-to-understand layman's terms and presented fairly. Terrill doesn't try to hide from her mistakes, because ignoring them would mean ignoring everything she's learned because of them, because of Inyo. Life is never an easy journey. For someone who wants to see how someone can pull through in spite of that, read this book. Wolves are not simply wild counterparts to dogs. For someone who wants to understand the difference, read this book. Most of all, for someone who wants to know what it is to love something wild, please read this book. Just be prepared for some heartache along the way. [I must say before I close out, that I was so relieved to read the prologue, to know that Terrill made it through intact and came out the other side better for it. Not to say that she doesn't have any regrets, for she does and rightly so. But I think this book can teach many people about dealing with the uncontrollable and the unpredictable in life, those things that knock you down so that you don't know if you'll ever get up again. To see her happy again with Argos faithful by her side, a new supporting husband and a love she can love, is inspiring. (hide spoiler)] Now before I get too emotional ;), I think I'd better sign off. Thank you Ceiridwen.
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