Flashback, Book Update, & Open Call for Qs

☆ May 15, 2017

This picture! A gift from the past, one of the never-seen-before photos from deep in the archives. Look at that belly!! More treasures like this in the book.

Speaking of, the book is booming! I’m totally blown away by the response, so excited to bring this to life. Page count is up to 175 and rising. More books ordered = more pages for everyone. Yeehaw!

Printing and bindery will be done in the great land of WYOMING! The magic will happen at a huge custom print shop in Cheyenne (my book will be printed on a Heidelberg press that is just slightly larger than my cabin), with my local print shop acting as liaison. I’m so thrilled to keep the print work local – not just in the USA (most big print jobs are done in China), but in the state Charlie and I call home.

I’ve gone through every single raw file of every photo I’ve taken in the past ten years and my eyes are really sore and my first edit is a whopping 6924 photos (for reference, the Daily Coyote blog is home to about 3000 images). I must now narrow those 6924 photos down to a few hundred. HOW???

I’m going to have a Q&A page(s?) in the book and I’m taking questions NOW. Leave them in the comment section, yours might make the book!

And, in case you’ve missed it, the book trailer and all the book info is HERE. Reminder: this book is limited edition and is PRE-ORDER ONLY. I will not be printing extra copies! So: place your order by September or miss out forever. You can order your book HERE!


26 Responses to “Flashback, Book Update, & Open Call for Qs”

  1. Stacey
    May 15th, 2017 @ 9:27 am

    Yay you for printing in the US, and in Wyoming! Heidelberg presses are the best. I work in publishing and luckily we still print 4/C books in the US. There are some fine printers here.

    I’m so looking forward to your book. I didn’t start at the beginning but maybe when Charlie was a year old. He’s turned out to be quite a handsome gent!

    Here is a question. I remember from your first book when Charlie had aggression issues. (It turned out to be a valuable teaching for you!) Have there been any issues with Charlie since then either behavior or health?

    Thanks Shreve!

  2. Monique
    May 15th, 2017 @ 10:18 am

    Glad to see an old pic of Charlie and Eli, which made me think of a question: did Charlie and Eli pick up any mannerisms from each other? Did Charlie copy any of Eli’s behaviours or vice versa?

  3. Kathleen
    May 15th, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

    I think you covered this somewhere, but asking again because I’m curious…how does Charlie react to wild coyotes? When he hears them and if he’s seen them. Does he call them in?

  4. Karen
    May 15th, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

    Hi Shreve- my question isn’t for the book… I would like to know the music you used for the video announcing the book. I LOVE it!!

  5. Lindsay in Oregon
    May 15th, 2017 @ 6:36 pm

    So glad to see everything is going well with your book! Good luck editing down your photos! That’s such a tough task!

    You probably get asked these questions a lot but here are a few that I wonder:
    If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently with respect to how you raised Charlie? If you went back in time 10 years to when you were presented with an orphaned coyote pup, would you take him in and raise him again? If not, what would you have done instead?

  6. Laura
    May 15th, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

    Charlie is the cutest baby in the whole world.

    Question-what has Charlie done that has made you laugh the hardest?


  7. Amanda
    May 15th, 2017 @ 9:19 pm

    Awww, baby Charlie and Eli. My two favorite furry buddies.

    Would you ever consider taking in another abandoned wild animal after your experience with Charlie? Another coyote or any other animal?

  8. Carol
    May 16th, 2017 @ 12:29 am

    I can’t wait for this book!! Questions I’ve been wondering: Does Charlie still jump up on your kitchen counters (like my cats)? Are you able to give Charlie hugs? Does Charlie still use your shower to go pee when he doesn’t want to go outside? Does Charlie look at you and connect with you or is he more standoffish? Has Charlie gotten over his “control” issue with you and allowed you to be the pack leader all the time? Do you still take Charlie on road trips in a vehicle? If so, do you get interesting looks back? Oh, I have so many questions, I must stop now!!!

  9. NancyMorgan
    May 16th, 2017 @ 12:57 am

    I understand now the book isn’t completed now, Did you receive my money order last month & that I had ordered your new book? Thanks, cant wait to see new pictures, and more stories of Charlie & family. Nancy.

  10. Julie Teunen
    May 16th, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

    No Q for you, but hopefully for one of your many readers. Anyone from the US travelling to Belgium or some country close to Belgium in Western Europe? I could preorder the book and have it shipped to your address and you could get it closer to me, so I could reduce the ridiculously high shipping costs (by no means Shreve’s fault!).

  11. Julie
    May 16th, 2017 @ 3:58 pm

    Did you ever think to smell Charlies paws…and if you did, did you get that Frito corn chip scent? (dogs have this) What age was Charlie when you knew you couldn’t treat him as you would a dog? Have you ever stared Charlie down?

  12. Cassidy Garreth
    May 16th, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

    Honestly looking forward to the book. I have a question and I had always asked this in the back of my mind after I read the Daily Coyote book.

    Moving from New York to a small area like Ten Sleep, how did you adjust to the different surroundings, and what would you tell those who are wanting to make a big change, moving from one place you had always known, to a place you never been before?

    I’ve always dreamed of doing what you did, and I admire that about you. But what’s stopping me is that I can’t stand the thought of moving far away from my family. You’re brave.

  13. Dogmom
    May 17th, 2017 @ 1:47 am

    Eli! Xxoo

  14. Monika
    May 17th, 2017 @ 4:07 am

    Is there anything (at all) you miss living in a city? Theatre? Vintage book stores with slight musty smell? Cinema? Restaurant? The buzz?

  15. Dennis Kneier
    May 17th, 2017 @ 10:01 am

    Shreve – two questions:

    1. How do you describe the joy Charlie brings you?
    2. What’s the most unexpected thing Charlie has done?


  16. Sandy G.
    May 17th, 2017 @ 10:18 pm

    How are you feeling since your thyroid surgery? Has your energy level returned to its pre-surgery level? (I hope so. )

  17. Patr
    May 18th, 2017 @ 8:47 am

    I followed your grandmother’s blog and loved her stories. She was a gem.

    1) Do you think you get your love of writing from her?

    2) What other lasting qualities do you think she passed on to you?

  18. Sherewin
    May 18th, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

    You seem to be living life so completely and authentically on your terms, which I find so inspiring. My question is just…how?

  19. Ruth
    May 19th, 2017 @ 4:53 pm

    So looking forward to your work of art. Sherewin’s question is excellent! Not exactly directly related to the new book, but I wonder if you would ever “sell” your other photographs in thefull resolution size/format for digital download. I would love to purchase and have them printed on ceramic or metal to adorn on my walls large scale!

  20. Katie H
    May 20th, 2017 @ 11:19 am

    I have the same question as a couple others, about if Charlie ever struggled for dominance from you again, or if you ever experienced fear of him again. Can’t wait for the book!

  21. Carla
    May 20th, 2017 @ 11:20 am

    I was wondering how local ranchers feel about Charlie after all these years. Coyotes create a lot of problems for them. Do they respect your decision to keep and raise Charlie?

    From what I recall, some weren’t at all supportive in the early years. Has this changed, even a little?

    Has raising Charlie helped educate people? In what ways? Or was this personal to just you and this one, darling creature? We’ve followed along in adoration for years, but I’m curious about how his domesticated life has generated awareness.

    Awareness to or for what?

    I’ve always loved coyotes, but Charlie has helped me see their vulnerabilities more clearly and the beauty they bring to our world.

  22. Pat Horwath
    May 20th, 2017 @ 2:46 pm

    Having raised and lived with Charlie since a pup, how is Charlie (being a coyote raised by a human) different and or similar to a dog like Chloe?

    While you are protective of Charlie is he protective of you like a dog or more independent?

    Is Charlie friendly with other cats or was his bonding with Eli as a pup unique? Pics of Charlie and Eli were some of my favorites.

  23. Vee
    May 22nd, 2017 @ 7:03 am

    Hi Shreve,
    So excited for your book.
    I’d love to hear about any and all life lessons you’ve learned along the way.
    Also, how do you stay motivated, focused and committed?
    Be well,

  24. Charlotte
    May 29th, 2017 @ 9:22 am

    Something I’ve been wondering for years – how do Charlie and the Farmily handle fleas and ticks? Do you get them in WY in the summer? If so, do you use more “mainstream” preventatives or go the natural route instead?

    So excited for the book. November can’t come soon enough!

  25. Cristina
    May 31st, 2017 @ 8:28 am

    Hi Shreve,
    I’m so excited to see this book taking its form! I have a few questions mostly around animal behavior as it is not well understood at all and you have the unique experience of living among so many different animals and seeing their distinct behavior.
    How does Charlie react to a new farmily member? and how does your farmily react to him?
    what makes them happy or anxious?
    Have you or Charlie ever encountered a bear?

    Wishing you the best of luck on your book this summer! Can’t wait to get my copy.

  26. Emily L
    August 3rd, 2017 @ 10:50 am


    I am so thrilled to have just ordered the book! Congratulations on 10 years of Charlie and Wyoming life. I was introduced to the Daily Coyote in early 2008 and through it have found not only your work, but the blogs and work and communities of some of my now favorite artists and people. Thank you for unknowingly connecting so many souls. It all traces back to here.


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