Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:
“Saturday, September 29 is Responsible Dog Owners Day at Alliance’s dog park, Wiggly Field. A professional dog psychologist will demonstrate dog training and answer your questions. A working dog demonstration will be part of the big day which begins at 9 a.m. If you want your dog AKC certified for the Good Citizenship Award this is the time to do it! Bring your dog and a lawn chair and spend the day as it is absolutely wonderful! We are very fortunate to have the Alliance Dog Owners Group sponsor this big event!
Moving on to a dog book review in honor of courageous dogs and humans:
Oogy by Larry Levin is the heartwarming story of a family of adopted twin boys who take their ailing, elderly cat to the vet to be euthanized. Full of sorrow they leave the exam room only to have a one-eared, smiling white puppy greet them with all the love and exuberance imagined! Right then and there the family adopts Oogy, the survivor of an illegal, dog fighting ring.
Being the parents of several rescue dogs over the years. this story spoke to my heart. We have encountered the medical as well as psychological needs of these spectacular creatures. The baggage they carry is challenging yet the love in their hearts is so very rewarding.
Levin’s debut is alive with the love and devotion anyone could ever hope to accomplish. This book is for anyone with a soft spot for animals and kids. It is a quick read, perfect for a day of relaxing.
My favorite passage is a memory Levin shares of a conversation with one of his adopted twin sons: ‘Years later, Noah told me that he remembered laying on the bed with Oogy that first night, and he thought, I hope my parents felt as good about us the day they brought us home as I feel about this dog right now.’
Another vignette that pretty well sums up the story is: ‘Oogy is, right there in front of everyone he meets, tangible living proof that there can be happiness, love and hope on the other side of unspeakable and unimaginable horror.'”
This book has been recommended by a number of other readers, so it must be really good!
If you or have a book you liked (or didn’t) and would like to share with our readers, please email me using the contact page on this website and I’ll be happy to post it for you!