Dangerous Animals: A Memoir With Claws

Paperback | May 22, 2018

byKirstin McMillan

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Kirstin McMillan’s childhood was literally a circus. For the first eight years of her life, she was the littlest clown in the Ringling Brothers organization, working beside her family—her father, then the highest paid exotic animal trainer in the world; her mother, his beautiful assistant, who ran the large cats act; and her brothers, who were also part of the show.

When her mother left and her father decided to settle the family down on his own animal training ranch, Kirstin and the animals were treated in the same cold and domineering manner: Do your job and you will be fine, but never forget who is in charge. Captive beneath her father’s iron fist, Kirstin saw animals and people equally as predators: dangerous, selfish, hurtful.

And then she met Floppy, the little dog who tipped her world upside down and opened her heart—renewing her faith in humanity, animals, and herself, and eventually helping her find the strength to break free. Today, Kirstin is one of the top trainers working in television and film and for a roster of celebrities. But unlike her father, Kirstin’s approach towards animals is one of kindness and calm, a lesson she learned when she met one special canine friend.

Untitled is a tale of cruelty and heartache, of goodness and change, of the special connection between animals and humans, and of the possibility of love to change one life . . . and the world.

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Kirstin McMillan’s childhood was literally a circus. For the first eight years of her life, she was the littlest clown in the Ringling Brothers organization, working beside her family—her father, then the highest paid exotic animal trainer in the world; her mother, his beautiful assistant, who ran the large cats act; and her brothers, ...

A third generation animal trainer, Kirstin McMillan has worked as an Animal Wrangler and Animal Coordinator on major productions involving celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, and many more. She’s the co-founder of the Hollywood Animals Exotic Animal Training Academy and the Exotic Animal Adventure Sem...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:May 22, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062389203

ISBN - 13:9780062389206

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