the dog only a family could loveby Larry Levin
Levin's family met the dog when they came to the veterinary hospital with their cat who was ready to leave this life. The puppy hurled himself at them with love and after their initial shock at his appearance, they felt he simply belonged to them. They took him home. The book tells the story of how he became part of their family, the trials he survived, and the bond that grew between them. It's a pretty organized little book, each chapter having a strong focus. One tells all about the author trying to discover more about Oogy's backstory, another details a daily routine in their household, so the reader can see how completely the dog integrated himself into their lives. Another chapter relates his destructive puppy years, another focuses on the veterinary care and surgeries Oogy required to keep him healthy, another talks about reactions the public had when he was taken for walks, and how he enjoys dog parks. Surprisingly, it turns out that Oogy isn't a pit breed at all, but a Dogo (which pretty much explains his wonderful temperament). Near the end of the book, the author had decided to train Oogy to be a therapy dog. He hoped that the dog's friendliness and survival story would touch the hearts of hospitalized children or veterans who could relate to having disfiguring injuries. I kind of wish he'd waited a bit before writing his book, so the reader could find out about his experiences working as a therapy dog as well... All in all, it's a very touching story and a rapid, easy read.
Borrowed this one from the public library.
rating: 3/5 ......... 214 pages, 2010 ........ find it at Powell's Books
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