the dog only a family could love
By Larry Levin
“In the bestselling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.
In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen–one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue–ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy’s charms, and decided to take him home.
Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him “Oogy” (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.“
Larry Levin and his family live in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. He is an attorney in solo practice. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for twenty-six years. Their sons, Noah and Dan, are eighteen. Oogy is eight.
My Thoughts: I have to admit that I was swiping away a few tears when I finished reading Oogy earlier this afternoon. I expected to read a story about an extraordinary dog, what I did not expect is to find an equally extraordinary family. This is a love story through and through, within the pages of Oogy you will find tragedy, rescue, redemption and undeniable and unconditional love in the purest form. At one point in the story the author states that he really didn’t feel like they had done anything different than anyone else would have done. Absolutely not true! It is not just anyone that would fall so completely in love with a dog that looked like a fighting dog, especially a family with children, so quickly and so immediately. Not to mention overlooking all the damage a large puppy can do to your home. Oogy is proof positive that good things can come out of tragedy and is a must read for animal lovers everywhere!
About the Book:
- Category: PETS
- Format: HARDCOVER BOOK
- Publish Date: 10/12/2010
- Price: $19.99/$22.50
- ISBN: 9780446546317
- Pages: 224
- Size: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″
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I did a receive a free book to keep for my review purposes.
I was under no obligation to write a positive review or host a giveaway in return for the product.