The Must-Read Adventures of a Lucky Hare Who Survived a Dog Attack and Was Raised in the City of London, England
by Robert Scheer
“Little Mutt” was kind of an insulting name for a baby wild hare who lived with a young woman in England. But it’s also the title of an entertaining and heart-warming little book about the adventures the two of them had together.
Almost as amazing as Mutti’s book is the way I came to discover the story and eventually publish the book.
I was exhausted and sleep-deprived after a seemingly endless itinerary of flights from Vancouver to Dallas to London to Nairobi. Nearly 40-hours after I left home, I finally arrived safely at my hotel in Karen, Kenya (named after Karen Blixen, the “Out of Africa” author portrayed by Meryl Streep in the movie.)
Of course I had to postpone unpacking and taking a much-needed nap before dinner. I had to know about Little Mutt and “the story of a hare-raising experience.” Even more head-scratching was how a book about a rabbit (actually a hare) came to be in the room of the only travel journalist on a press trip to Kenya who was also a bunny dad and a rabbit rescue volunteer. While 39 members of my group were put up at the Nairobi Hilton, I chanced to be one of just four who stayed at the tiny (but lovely) House of Waine boutique hotel.
It took some detective work, but ultimately I was able to track down the author and get permission to publish an electronic version of her book, provided that the proceeds would be shared with both of our favourite charities – Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and the African Medical Research Foundation.
“Little Mutt” was only two days old when he was rescued by Nicola Blundell Brown and taken back to her “flat” in London, England. Now you can read the amazing true “hare raising” tale…
- How Nicky carried “Little Mutt” on the train from Exeter to London
- Waking up for 4:00 a.m. feedings
- Should she take him to the office where she works?
- Mutty’s awesome experience in the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden
- The strangest guest at a dinner party!
What Three Expert Rabbit Authors Said about “Little Mutt”
Little Mutt is a charming book for children and adults alike. The story of the little hare, raised in London and later released to the wild, is not only sweet and easy to read, but provides an important lesson about the value of animals, no matter how small.”
“Raising and releasing any wild animal is not taken lightly even by experienced wildlife rehabilitators. The decisions and dilemmas encountered by Nicola Blundell Brown, whose friend’s dog presented her with a two-day-old hare, would make any novice uneasy. Her success story, as told in Little Mutt, is extraordinary.
“The behavior observed in the growing hare resemble in many ways that of rabbits raised in the house. Both like to run about, yet retreat to dark quiet places. Both are inquisitive and avid chewers. Cuddling is not always desired.
“The role of care giving described in the book will seem quite familiar to rabbit people, who can well understand a preoccupation with the little creature’s well being—providing food, housing and safety at all times.
“The similarity must end with the ultimate goals. House-rabbit caregivers prepare a long-domesticated, dependent animal to bond with a human family, while the best for a wild animal is the return to the wild. Seeing the little hare safely through to independence was a noble accomplishment, poignantly told by the author, and beautifully illustrated by Chris Robitaille.”
“It’s easy to appreciate the E-book, Little Mutt—it’s a very good read, the illustrations are sensitive and realistic, and author Nicky Blundell Brown has pledged profits from the e-book in support of two nonprofit organizations: Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy and the African Medical Research Foundation.
“However, there are additional reasons for my appreciation of Little Mutt. It reveals the author’s deep love for a wild hare who might have been abandoned by his mother. I found myself applauding the author for her dedication, compassion, and diligence in obtaining information about the care of a small wild prey animal. With humor and insight, she recounts her struggles to keep Little Mutt safe and happy—not an easy task as he begins to grow and exhibit his inherent nature.
“I found myself drawn into the author’s conflict between releasing the hare into the wild when he was about six months old, and her desire to continue living with the little creature who had stolen her heart. Her respect for the young hare is shown in the fact that she allowed him to remain wild and true to his own nature.
*As I read, I found myself musing over the similarities and differences between hares and rabbits, and I thank Ms. Brown for spurring my new interest: researching lagomorphs so that I can understand more about them.
“Little Mutt is a story that will interest and delight readers young and old. The drawings effectively capture the spirit of the story, and their detail provides an additional level of interest.”
Rating: Five Stars
– Marie Mead, author (with collaborator Nancy LaRoche) of Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits, Finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice (Nonfiction) from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Proceeds to Charity
- Your online purchase of “Little Mutt” helps these organizations:
- Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy (VRRA)
- African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF)
For just $7 you can download “Little Mutt” instantly. Secure payment through PayPal can be made using your VISA, MasterCard, Discovery or American Express card. (You do not need to have a PayPal account.)