Puppy Love Book Review

Hi guys!

This morning I finished another book on my Kindle. (By the way, if you’re looking into getting an E-Reader, I highly recommend the Kindle. It’s so easy, so reliable, and it fits in pretty much every bag I own.)

Lately, I’ve gotten into reading about people and their dogs. I think it’s my way of staying close to Maddie while I’m gone since the silly dog refuses to Skype anymore.

I’m going to warn you that I am a physiotherapy student and not a book critic, so if my reviews don’t do it for you, check out the links to the Amazon pages.

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love, By Larry Levin

This is a great story about a family who adopts a young pit bull who was used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. It starts out when the Levin family has to take their sick and elderly cat into the vet to be put to sleep and they discover a puppy who, even when he is literally torn to pieces, is so ready to love and be loved that he captures the heart of the family. Oogy, becomes a part of the family and is soon known as the “third twin” who, on occasion, is a bit more mischievous than his human brothers. It truly shows that even the most damaged goods can be treasures in life and it certainly helps to give the bully breed a better reputation.

One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan, By Pen Farthing

This is a story about a Royal Marine (The UKs version of the Marines) who, during his deployment to Afghanistan, comes into contact with a variety of dogs who seem to gravitate toward him for help. In between daily tours and watches, he cares for a variety of dogs under the radar to keep them safe and out of the local dog fighting ring. Despite being in the middle of a war-torn country, he works with his wife back home and his buddies on base to try to get the dogs to a rescue center in northern Afghanistan. This is a great story that leaves you pulling for the underdogs and shows that it may take a lot of work, but every dog deserves a chance to find his or her forever home.

Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, By Caroline Knapp

This book is what I consider to be part memoir and part research paper, but it’s definitely more interesting than a research paper. This story explores the relationships between people and their dogs and the difference between dog people and non-dog people. It provokes the reader to consider where they fall on the great spectrum of dog loving. It’s a great story about how dogs can take on many roles in the lives of their humans and how life changes in every direction when you welcome a dog into your home and your life.

Let’s Take The Long Way Home, By Gail Caldwell

This is the book I finished this morning. The author, Gail Caldwell, was a great friend of Caroline Knapp, the author of Pack of Two. I will admit that when I started reading this story, I expected it to be more about Gail’s friendship with Caroline and their relationships with their dogs. And to be honest, it is about just that. However, it may be surprising at first to hear the background story that forms the foundation for Gail and Caroline’s friendship. If you take it as it comes and follow along, it’s a great story about the power of friendship with people and dogs and the marks it makes on your heart. Based on my experience with the story and the reviews I’ve read, it is not uncommon to cry while reading this, so be forewarned.


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