God's Dog: A Celebration of the North American Coyote

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iUniverse, 2005 - Nature - 338 pages
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For two years naturalist/photographer Hope Ryden camped in remote areas of the West observing and photographing coyotes. With eloquence and clarity, she describes the private life of this much-maligned animal in a book that has been heralded as the classic treatise on the subject. While observing her controversial subjects, Hope endured hardships and peril, events she weaves into her beautiful story.

"As full of charm and tenacious inquisitiveness as the appealing animal she pleads to see allowed to live."
-The Washington Post

"A faultless and reasoned attitude."
-The New York Times


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Hope Elaine Ryden was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 1, 1929. In 1951, she received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa. Afterward, she was a fashion model and a flight attendant. In 1958, she was a crew member aboard Pan Am's inaugural trans-Atlantic jet passenger flight. She developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad. In 1961, she joined Robert Drew & Associates, a noted documentary production company. She later worked for ABC News. She was a writer, director, and producer of documentary films. Her books on wildlife included America's Last Wild Horses, God's Dog: A Celebration of the North American Coyote, Bobcat Year, Wild Animals of America ABC, and Lily Pond: Four Years with a Family of Beavers. She also wrote for National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, and The New York Times Magazine. Her documentaries featured the actress Jane Fonda at 25 as she prepared for her starring role in The Fun Couple on Broadway, two Peace Corps nurses in Malaya, and a Boston man who saved some 9,000 animals in Suriname from starvation or drowning. She died from complications of hip surgery on June 18, 2017 at the age of 87.

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