© Emma Childs - The Guardian
Stratford resident Hilary Prince has published a collection of stories about the animals she has known throughout her life in a book called “Best Friends”, which will be available at the P.E.I. Humane Society with a donation in lieu of purchase.
Stratford resident Hilary Prince is promoting a free self-published book in hopes of generating donations for the P.E.I. Humane Society.
Best Friends is a collection of eight real-life stories and two poems written by Prince.
“I could have written a lot more,” she said in an interview with The Guardian on Thursday.
The stories span from her childhood in England, to her life in Australia, to her later years in Canada.
Prince has owned three ponies, six dogs and 18 cats throughout her life.
“I once bought a house where someone had left 13 cats,” she recalled.
She has also played host to other residents like birds, fish, raccoons and mice, all of which can be found in the pages of her book.
The collection opens with a story about Prince’s favorite dog, Sprocket.
“He once saved my life,” she explained. A passage in the story reads:
“...Sprocket spun around and grabbed my wrist. I was alarmed. Was he turning savage? What Sprocket was doing was warning me, trying to save my life. When I looked in the direction he had fixed his gaze I saw, at his drinking bowl, a brown snake, one of the deadliest in Australia (...) at this point Sprocket was in front of me, pushing me backwards into the laundry room. The bite of a brown snake spells death, I believe, within minutes...”
Prince hopes this collection of stories will appeal to other animal lovers and draw attention and support to the independently funded P.E.I. Humane Society.
“They’re a wonderful organization and they rely totally on donations. They don’t have any government assistance, which I think is really a shame,” she said. “They do their very best to find homes for animals and I support them monthly. “
Prince will be launching her book for family and friends in her Stratford home on Sunday. March 9. Kelly Mullaly, the Humane Society’s executive director, will also be in attendance.
Best Friends will be available at the Humane Society on Sherwood Road in Charlottetown.