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Do you think you could have done what the author did, devoting a good
part of 19 years of her life to caring for her pet? Have you ever had a pet
who demanded as much time, money, attention, and love as Wesley did? Did the
way the pet and you relate to each other change as you both got older? Did
your relationship with your pet change how you viewed the world?
How did Wesley help Stacey in her own life after she saved his? How did
he save her life? What did she learn from Wesley that no other animal could
have taught her?
What part of the book did you think was the funniest and what part did
you think was the grossest? The biologists at the lab where Stacey works are
very comfortable with animals. How do the relationships between scientists
and the animals play a role in their scientific research and discoveries?
Think about the ways in which Stacey and Wesley were able to communicate
with each other. To what extent do you think they understood one another?
How is this similar to and different from communication between people?
Communication between people and their pets? What do you think are the
differences between relating to an animal that lives a solitary life and
relating to an animal that is predisposed to live in a social group or pack?
What do you think are the differences between relating to an animal that is
wild verses an animal that is domesticated?
What scientific discoveries did Stacey make about barn owls, and what
surprised you most about barn owls? Before reading this book, what was your
impression of barn owls? Did reading this book change your mind, and if so,
in what ways?
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