About “The Animals”


From 1955 to 2002, I owned and lost eleven cats, five dogs, one guinea pig, two turtles, twenty-five newts and salamanders, two goats, two Brahmin Roosters, one Brahmin Hen, one Rhode Island Red Hen, sixty-seven temporarily-adopted, newly-hatched chickens, one Long Island duck, twelve Mallard ducks, six Peking ducks, and too many rabbits.

And I owned pigs. So many pigs–twenty-eight all told. One Yorkshire boar, one Spotted China sow, one Hampshire sow, their twenty-four children, and an orphaned Yorkshire gilt named Snowflake.

young sissy

This is the story of these animals, an account of their lives, and an accounting of the dearness of things, a study of love and loss. For the animals are all, every one of them, down even to the smallest newt, born out of our desire for love. And that is where the problem lies.

4 comments to About “The Animals”

  1. Catie says:

    So delighted to have been directed to your blog (by Anna V). This is going to be wonderful…

  2. Catie says:

    “The Animals” is one of the finest works I’ve ever read. Thank you.

    • Carol says:

      Dear Catie,
      I don’t know how to thank you. We should tell readers that we have never met. I am afraid that they will think I am paying for these wonderful comments. Full disclosure, I taught Catie’s step-daughter Anna Vodicka several years ago at Tufts. She is an extraordinary writer. You should all look up her and her short stories and essays. A real keeper.
      Once again, thank you Catie, so much.

      • Catie says:

        All of the above is true. I’ve never met Carol. My comments are honest opinions coming from my head and heart. Read her book. Seriously good.

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