Melanie Sue Bowles, founder-director of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary

Melanie Sue Bowles, founder-director of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary and author , most recently, of “The Dogs of Proud Spirit.” (Full disclosure: I provided a blurb for the book jacket.)





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Melanie Sue Bowles, who alongside husband, Jim, founded Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary on a five-acre parcel in Myakka City, Florida– it now sits on 320 acres in Mena, Arkansas–discusses some of the history and evolution of Proud Spirit, as well as what takes place in a given day caring for nearly 70 horses. (Over the years, The Bowles have cared for some 300 horses.) She also spoke about her t ransformation from cat person–indifferent, at best, to dogs–to such a devoted, passionate dog lover that she and Jim slowly took i n dog after dog at Proud Spirit, until the number of dogs living with them (including a sizable contingent of Corgis) in their home reached 12, generally the canine population they maintain to this day. This saga, and others, constitutes the core of Melanie’s third and latest book, “The Dogs of Proud Spirit. (

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Rick Medina of Animal Based Charities (ABC), about the organization and about two events they wer e holding this weekend. (

COMEDY CORNER: Eddie Izzard’s “Talk To The Animals” (

MUSIC: The Specials’ “Do The Dog,” EELS’ “I Like Birds,” King Khan & BBQ Show’s ” Animal Party,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: U2’s “An Cat Dubh” {in Gaelic: The Black Cat}

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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