Sunday, November 9, 2008

This week

Wendy here...
Stacey has been pretty sick with a virus this week, and sends apologies for late emails. She hasn't been on her computer. In spite of that, good things are happening. The sales for Wesley the Owl have been doing really great, and soon we'll be putting up a links page on our site filled with interesting bird of prey and wildlife organizations.

Stacey has been talking with the Hungry Owl Organization in San Francisco. They have an innovative program where people put up owl nesting boxes in areas overrun with rodents When the owls move in, they control the rodent population, eliminating the need for poisons. This is good for people, too! We're excited about all the wonderful contacts being made with imaginative organizations like this and we expect to have a great links page soon.


GFK said...

Hi Wendy and Stacey,
I'm sorry to hear about Stacey's illness, but good to see Wendy filling in until Stacey is back at her computer. Great news about the owl organizations and the program to set up nesting boxes to manage the rodent population. That reminded me of the "Parrots of Telegraph Hill" in San Francisco, a great story, book and film. Take care to both of you and for all you've done to promote the well-being of owls and other birds of prey.

One thing I've noticed lately is an abundance of books about people and an animal (domestic or wild), most recently one about a wild coyote pup taken in by a woman and kept as a companion animal. My hope is that people do not start thinking that wild animals can be kept as pets, but that the unreleasable ones can help us to understand animal behavior as well as give the creature a good quality of life in the confines of our human world.

Angie said...

Hi Wendy and Stacey.
I finished reading the book last night and I cried until I couldn't cry anymore. I was lying in bed when my husband walked in and found me sobbing uncontrollably.
"What's wrong?" he exclaimed.
"WESLEY DIED!" I said through my sobs.
As a master's student in economics, I have a lot of reading for school, but I could not put your book down!
I wanted to say thanks for writing this story. I have always loved owls. We have barred owls that live in our backyard in Oklahoma, and we have plenty of owl-watching sites in our native Ohio.
For the love of all living creatures,
Angie DeRosa Giancola

Theresa said...

i hope you feel better soon! i know how hard it is to face a new day when feeling ill...please remember that there are people out there that are looking forward to hearing from you!
you are loved!
Cheers, Theresa and her feline friends...

joan said...

hello, you guys are the awesomest! hope you're better stacey! i just finished your book. it's 2 am. i intentionally read very slowly as i was reluctant to get to the end.. i actually preemptively cried throughout the book...! : /
i'm going to order my own little feathered friend to give me owl hugs as soon as i move and have my new address sorted. i won't let him in the bath though : ) my cat, however, seems to, quite literally, be following in wesley's footsteps, getting closer and closer to having a little swim herself...!
i have some questions, but i'll wait til i've recovered a bit more...
thank you for sharing your story : )

Anonymous said...

Feel better Stacey! I finished Wesley the Owl about a month ago, but just found this site. I really loved the book. All along, I've always felt a love and affinity towards owls, and barn owls in paricular. They are just so interesting in appearance, and after reading Wesley, now I know they are fascinating behaviorally too!

Thanks so much and I hope you will write another book about your relationship with animals sometime in the future.

All the best,

TheloniusMick said...

Please do get better soon, Stacey. I can't wait until finals are over so I can re-read your book.

ross said...

I hope you are feeling better Stacey! I finished Wesley the Owl about two weeks ago, and it was the best book I have ever read! I cried pretty hard, I felt very sad when poor Wes died. He probably had the longest and best life a single barn owl could ever have. When I read that Dr. Coward had said that all of Wesley's tissue was cancerous, I was sad. I feel proud for Wesley that he coped with something like that. You took great care of him, probably the best possible. Wesley made it through, what a strong little cutie! It was an amazingly clever book, and Wesley is the smartest owl I have ever heard of. It was a remarkable book, and I would certainly be proud of myself if I wrote a book this amazing. I hope the best for you. -L.R 7th grade :)