Kinky Friedman has pursued a career most people only read about. The well-known goofy Texan has been an author, humorist, musician and gubernatorial candidate. In addition, according to his new book, Friedman is the "spiritual leader of 63 dogs, 22 horses, three donkeys, nine pigs, two goats, 11 cats, 15 chickens, two turkeys and a rooster named Alfred Hitchcock."
Kinky’s Celebrity Pet Files, a recently-released book about pet-loving celebrities includes stories, pictures and interviews with celebrities who have in some way provided pet care to an array of animals.
Himself and animal lover, Friedman co-owns the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, a never-kill shelter in Kerrville, Texas, which has been operating since 1998.
In addition to the shelter animals he cares for, the Texas satirist owns four dogs, a cat that sleeps on his head and an armadillo that eats bacon grease!
Friedman’s book recounts tales like the death of pianist Fats Domino’s dog in Hurricane Katrina, the animal shelter built by country singer Emmylou Harris in Nashville, and the 51 horses that Willie Nelson saved from slaughter.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the average veterinary expenditure for pet care on cats or dogs in 2006 was $366.
As Friedman puts it, "Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love will make him wag his tail."