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Publisher:  iUniverse, Inc Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 5,2008 ISBN-13:  9780595439201

This is a true story that I wrote from my heart.

Did you ever look into an animal’s eye right before they were going to be euthanized? Could you feel the love they are crying out for? Would your heart ache? There wasn't anything wrong with the animal, it was just unwanted. Worse yet, physically abused. What kind of a person would hurt an innocent animal? Did you ever need a hug or to be loved? I believe everyone does one time or another. What about animals?

Animals give us unconditional love and ask for nothing much in return…just to be loved.

This heartwarming story pays tribute to my lasting love affair with animals small and large. Over the years, I have adopted abused, neglected, or unwanted animals and cared for them on my Florida ranch. I developed a set of beliefs about the human relationship with animals, and I have come to realize that each creature has a distinct personality, a warm heart, passion and even a sense of humor. I operate on the firm belief that every animal, whether an unfriendly cat, lamed pig, or a blind cow, needs to love and be loved.

I was a pure-bred city girl, until I discovered how animals could soothe my soul and enhance my life. Since then, I have made it my mission to provide shelter and love for animals of all kinds, including cats, dogs, pigs and even cows.

Warmly portraying one woman's extraordinary devotion to animals, this moving story gives voice to the unbreakable bond between human and animal and demonstrates the remarkable power of unconditional love.


When I was five, my dad took me to a little ranch in the country. There were many animals there. A deer walked right up to me and I gave it a little pat on the head, but my eyes were focused on a little furry thing. It was a guinea pig. I picked it up and gave it a big squeeze. It was warm and fuzzy. I never thought this little creature would have such an impact on my life. Everything that happened to me afterward started with falling in love with that little guinea pig.

After awhile, I got to thinking that I wanted a dog. I would beg my parents, please buy me a dog. I promised them that I would take care of it, No way. They didn’t want the extra responsibility. I thought, they would not be responsible for it—I would be. They were dead set on me not getting a dog. I just wanted a companion to sleep with at night in my bed. I was upset with my parents fighting all the time. I thought that a dog would ease a lot of tension in my family life. Something to love again…

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Animals & Nonfiction. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: THE AMAZING STORY OF ONE WOMAN AND THE ANIMALS THAT CHANGED HER LIFE FOREVER by Melanie Higgins Zysk (iUniverse, 205 pages, softcover, photos, $17.95, 978-0-595-43920-1): Florida rancher, animal rights enthusiast, and author presents this heartfelt tribute to her lifelong love affair with animals of all kinds; storylines include how inner city life and a prison stint led Zysk on a search for her life’s purpose, and ultimately to the devoted mission of saving animals; how to rescue and care for abused and neglected animals—such as pigs with backaches refusing to walk, blind cows ready to give birth, and dogs of all dispositions; and how to see life through the eyes of “unconditionally loving” animals—with humor, pragmatism, determination, and passion.

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