Through Cougar's Eyes

Life Lessons From One Man's Best Friend

David Raber

Thomas Dunne Books

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David Raber first saw Cougar when the mountain lion was an eight-week-old kitten on display, locked up in a toaster-size cage and poked and prodded by a crowd. Raber took him out, held him, and just couldn't put him back. He made four promises that day: one, no more petting, out of respect for Cougar; two, no more cages; three, he would educate the public against exotic-animal ownership; and four, he would make Cougar happy, and this has become a twenty-four-hours-a-day learning process and a duty that he adores.

Being the only large cat in the country who is federally licensed without a cage, Cougar strides down streets, roams hotel lobbies, enters competitions, and even films a Puma Sportswear ad with several Olympic gold medalists. As the official poster model for the Iams pet food company, Cougar has been seen by millions. Together, Raber and Cougar are a team, and in this book, Raber recounts their many adventures: He teaches Cougar about elevators, switches, and doors while saving him from bullets and speeding cars; and Cougar teaches him about deer, opossum, and squirrels while rescuing him from alligators and raging rivers. In helping each other, they share their weaknesses and become strong.

Beautiful and touching, entertaining and provocative, Through Cougar's Eyes is a love story that dispels the prevalent and presumptuous thinking that mankind and wildlife can't get along. This true story depicts sacrifice and dedication with a message: relating well to animals can set you both free.

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  1RESCUING IS NEVER PLANNEDCOUGAR’S STORY BEGINS without me … .It was frosty late September on a northern Wisconsin farm midway between Eau Claire and Wausau. Brisk weather isn’t so bad when you’re cozy and warm. But an eighteen-by-thirty-foot chain-link cage with only a small, makeshift wooden enclosure to help block upcoming winter winds was the home provided for a pair of cougars. Certainly not cozy, but most would say that’s not important. In a smaller cage there was a solitary black bear who wailed as corn rippled in the distance and cows ruminated, breath

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"This is a book about the remarkable relationship between a man, with his own unique view of life, and his constant companion, a mountain lion (or puma) named Cougar. David Raber rescued Cougar, became his guardian and best friend, and has done everything possible to understand this unusual cat, to ensure his health and welfare, and to educate the public about Cougar and their relationship. In knowing David and Cougar during the past ten years, I have been privileged to observe their closeness and to marvel at David's ability to work and play with Cougar and to understand the cat's inner nature. We have helped Cougar through some unusual medical problems as well. David herein offers us an account of his life with Cougar and also offers his views on how people may coexist with wildlife. I feel fortunate to have worked with David and Cougar and to be able to count myself among their many friends."--Richard S. Funk, M.A., D.V.M.

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About the Author

David Raber

David Raber graduated from DePauw University with a pre-med degree and went on to become a distinguished naval graduate. His previous occupations include naval aviator and owner of an aircraft management and charter business. He is currently employed as the loyal servant and devoted friend to his companion, Cougar.

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Through Cougar's Eyes
Life Lessons From One Man's Best Friend
David Raber

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2001
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312269180
ISBN10: 0312269188
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Plus one 8-page 4-color photo insert
$23.95

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429979504
ISBN10: 142997950X
256 pages
$7.99
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