Book Review: A Walk in Connection by Tracy Ane Brooks


If you’ve ever wanted to discover more about the heart-wrenching beauty, fierce spirit and untamed magnificence of the wild wolf, then you’ll love this book. 

Written by Tracy Ane Brooks, the co-founder of wolf charity and sanctuary Mission: Wolf, A Walk in Connection tells the story of Tracy’s life with wolves and her experiences studying and learning to connect with them.

From learning to leash train and walk wolves (often with painful consequences!) through to intimate stories of the unlikely bond between woman and wolf, this is a heartfelt and special non-fiction book that does a beautiful job of inspiring and educating its readers to view wolves in a new and decidedly more compassionate light.

Reading more like a collection of short stories than a non-fiction book, Tracy regales us with captivating tales (or tails!) of her relationship with ambassador wolf, Shaman, the other wolves in the sanctuary and a group of adopted horses and how she discovers the key to communicating with these beautiful creatures effectively: body language.

“I was beginning to believe that the best way to go about trying something new was to throw away everything I had previously learned about working with horses, to evolve my behaviour and use the body language I was learning in ways I’d never thought of doing with a horse before. An ultimate goal would be for me to have a thought or a mental picture flash thought my head and have the horse respond … I had a long way to go.” – Tracy in ‘A Walk in Connection’.

After learning to use subtle body language cues to halter train and build a trusting relationship with a difficult horse, Tracy extends this new skill into her interactions with the wolves in her sanctuary. From here, she grows and expands this into an intuitive language that allows her to communicate with animals in a way they both understand.

Powerful and thought-provoking, this is a gorgeous book that will linger in your mind – and heart – for a long time to come.

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Please note: I have no connection or affiliation with the author or product and have received no financial support for writing this review. I just loved the book and wanted to share it with you. 

Recent Comments

  • Tayvia Bourret
    October 8, 2015 - 2:42 pm · Reply

    I agree! How she describes her interactions and feelings with these creatures, for I have had the great honor of meeting them, gave me words for which I thought there were none. Tracy did a wonderful job with this book!

    • FaunaPhilosopher
      October 8, 2015 - 2:53 pm · Reply

      Thanks for sharing, Tayvia :) Would LOVE to hear more about your interactions with wolves too! I have yet to meet a wolf in real life, but am definitely locking in a trip to Mission: Wolf as part of my bucket list must-do’s!! Cass x

  • Sharon (WolfSpirit) M
    October 19, 2015 - 2:40 am · Reply

    I enjoyed your review of Tracy’s book. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Kent & Tracy and the Ambassador wolves many times over the years when they travel east in the fall. It’s a wonderful experience to be up close and personal with the wolves, and a wolf kiss is a truly life-changing experience. Please put your trip to the very top of your bucket list, Cass. Blessings to you.

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