First printed in 2010, this popular collection of true stories, adventures, and encounters with the creatures and personalities that reside in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley is now in its second printing. Author Brooks Firestone highlights the many times animal's lives intersected with him and his neighbors over the course of twenty-five years.
Horses, cattle, dogs, cats, elands, alpacas, bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, deer, ostriches, parrots, geese, ducks, and even an elephant (found at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch) are all found within the pages of Valley Animals.
It is a tribute to the glorious landscape, the local personalities, and, most of all, a celebration of the magic that happens when human beings and their animal neighbors interact.
“Brooks is a neighbor who has heard and experienced many great stories that are well and truly told in this book.”— Monty Roberts
“Anyone who loves animals—wild or domestic—will love this book, whether the owner of a Pomeranian, a gibbon ape, or an iguana.” — Barnaby Conrad