Saturday, 3 March 2012

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (20 Jan 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0593063589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593063583

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.

Cover: I think the cover is amazingly cute.

This book is wonderful.  It's a book by a dog lover, for dog lovers.  It's a heart warming tale of how a puppy that was treated so cruelly found his way to a family that love him so completely, and that despite how he was treated he miraculously survived and loves and trusts humans.  
I recommend this to everyone.  It's such a beautiful book with a message.  Everyone goes through bad times, sometimes horrific, but on the other side of that, there can be truly great things waiting for you.
I really enjoyed the photos in the book (just made me 'awww' outloud).
5/5 stars!

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