Puff the Sea Lion: A Love Story
Author: Mary Ellen Ostrander, Jenelle Penders
Publisher: Lewis Sebastian Press
Release Date: August 18, 2014
"On my break I would start the game with one of my children's toy cars and Puff would chase it. When my break was over I would pass the car to a volunteer, docent, or any visitor that wanted to play with the sea lion pup. What an experience for Puff and the visitors, not to mention myself! Our bond grew stronger. I believe because of this time with people-all positive and fun and he could leave to play elsewhere if he chose-Puff really liked people. He associated all those good times and good feelings with his people friends. When people visited his enclosure he was so excited and very gentle. Once I brought a little girl to visit Puff. She was in a wheelchair. He approached her chair and let her pet him. Right then and there I knew Puff was someone special. His trust changed me-I became a better person." This is the memoir of a zookeeper and how the love of one animal brought her closer to God.