The Road to Utopia: How Kinky, Tony, and I Saved More Animals Than Noah

The Road to Utopia: How Kinky, Tony, and I Saved More Animals Than Noah




Noah had it easy. On any given day at the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in Medina, Texas, Nancy Parker-Simons, her husband Tony Simons, and a willing crew of employees and volunteers care for at least sixty rescued dogs, not to mention numerous cats, chickens, pigs, horses, wild mustangs, donkeys, and a rooster named Alfred Hitchcock—and Kinky Friedman, the rescue ranch's "Gandhi-like figure" who brings Nancy and Tony stray and abused animals, raises money for the rescue ranch, and makes sure no one leaves the ranch without a dog or two.

In this entertaining book, Nancy Parker-Simons tells the heartwarming, often hilarious story of the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch. She describes how a series of "it must have been fate" incidents brought her together with Tony Simons and Kinky Friedman, and how, in 1998, the three of them decided to create a no-kill haven for homeless and abused animals in the Texas Hill Country. Since their first rescue—the "magnificent seven" which were, in fact, forty-one dogs liberated from local animal shelters—"Cousin Nancy" and her crew have rescued over one thousand animals.

Parker-Simons tells the fascinating stories of several dozen fortunate dogs, cats, and other animals that have come to the rescue ranch, either to be adopted by new owners or to live out their days in the ranch's "utopia." She also pays tribute to the many supporters who have helped keep the ark afloat, including First Lady Laura Bush, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen, Molly Ivins, and Don Imus. Everyone who cares about animal welfare will find The Road to Utopia hard to resist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292714083
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nancy Parker-Simons has co-managed the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch with her husband Tony Simons since 1998. According to Kinky Friedman, “her secret, as far as I can tell, is a special combination of love, dedication, and a really wicked sense of humor, the last being an absolute necessity for anyone who runs an orphanage, a half-way house, or a hospice of the two-legged or the four-legged variety.”

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Kinky Friedman
  • A Note from the Author
  • Part I. The Road to Utopia
    • Fated Love
    • Let's Make a Deal
    • The Magnificent Seven
  • Part II. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
    • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
    • To Be So Lucky
    • Good Golly, Miss Molly
    • Peanut: Don't Leave Home without Her
    • Remember the Alamo!
    • Oh! Domino!
    • The Boomerang Dogs
    • Her Name Is Barbra
    • Pretty Mama
    • The Cat's Meow
    • Every Dog Has a Story
    • Old Friends
    • Sunrise, Sunset
    • Pryor-ity Male
  • Part III. Something to Crow About
    • The Good, the Bad, and the Funny Bonefit
    • The Dwight Night
    • What I Like about Texas
    • Niles and Niles of Texas
    • Afternoon Delight
    • Cowboy Up
    • Over the River and up to Hill's
  • Part IV. Friends—That's What It's All About
    • Angels from Helotes
    • Mother Nature
    • Couch Potato
    • Some Like It Hot!
    • Kindred Spirits
    • Pet of the Week
    • Brian's Story
    • Knock, Knock, Knocking On
  • Part V. Head 'Em Up, Move 'Em Out
    • Looking for Land in All the Wrong Places
    • On the Road Again
  • Part VI. Life with the Kinkster
    • Kinky vs. Cousin Nancy
    • The Rooster Crows at Noon
    • Stranger in the Night
    • Battle of the Spoons
    • Viva Las Vacation!
    • Green, Green Grass of Home
  • Part VII. Keepin' on the Sunny Side
    • Monkey Business
    • To B&B or Not to B&B?
    • Rodney, the Red-Nosed Rain Deer
    • Jeepers Creepers
    • Oh, Crappy Day
    • Karma
    • Thank God and Greyhounds
    • Money, Money, Money
  • Epilogue for Cuddles by Kinky Friedman

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