After my trip down to New Iberia, I chanced upon this book called "Nicky the Swamp Dog: A True Story" and on the front cover with his ears all perked up was a dog that looked just like Scooter. Well, I said right then and there, i had to have this book. Well i found a used one I could afford at Amazon, and just ordered it. It has a heart warming story, so don't read the review by the lady from New York, read the one from the lady from Breaux Bridge.
Nicky The Swamp Dog is the true story of an amazing little dog (Rat Terrier) that finds a home with a swamp guide in the Atchafalaya River Basin in southern Louisiana. She grows up to be an accomplished scout, retriever and “assistant swamp guide,” befriending children and adults on swamp tours.
Like her master, Nicky rescues and nurtures injured or lost animals, including beavers, nutria, ducklings, owls and even baby alligators. They bring these little critters back to the houseboat, feed them, shelter them, and nurse them back to health. Then, when they are well, they release them back into the wilds.
The story is lavishly illustrated with color photography of Nicky and her friends, both animal and human, as well as the swamp environment in which they live. The book is suited for children Third Grade and higher, as well as anyone who enjoys nice nature photography.
About the Author
About the Author:
"JACKLYN SONNIER HIRSHBERG is an anthropologist who studied at the University of Houston, focusing on the culture of Native American Indians. After living in Houston for 25 years, she returned to her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, and was introduced to the nearby Atchafalaya River Basin, which she now considers “The Eighth Wonder of the World.” A tour of the swamp with guide D. Ray “Half Pint” Guillory in the summer of 1997 developed into a two-year course of learning about the basin and the variety of wildlife which inhabits this vast semi-wilderness area. Nicky The Swamp Dog is the first book Ms. Hirshberg has authored.
About the Photographer:
D. RAY “HALF PINT” GUILLORY is a swamp guide who lives with his dog, Nicky, in a houseboat in the Atchafalaya River Basin near Henderson, Louisiana. He got his nickname, “Half Pint,” only because he was smaller than his brother. Born in Orange, Texas, in 1950, he spent his childhood roaming the wooded areas, rice fields and swamps near his home. Feeling right at home in the great outdoors, he became a self-taught naturalist and photographer. After living in the wilderness of southeast Texas for two decades, he moved to the Atchafalaya swamp in the mid-1980s. Operating under the banner of “Half Pint’s Small Boat Swamp Adventures,” he has taken visitors from all over the world into the swamp to show them an environment such as they had never seen before. He trained Nicky to help entertain visitors to the swamp; he also taught her to rescue lost or injured animals. He considers his little swamp dog to be his best friend."