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.
My take on this book:
I am an animal lover to the core, and when I saw the cover for this book I knew I would be hooked before I ever read the first sentence. How could you not fall in love with the the face of Oogy, his missing ear and lopsided face, along with those eyes, the saying that eyes are the windows to the soul couldn't be more apropos for this dog.
Oogy's story is a story of survival, an inspirational look at a dog and the family that is fortunate enough to be blessed with such an amazing dog. Oogy was used as a bait dog, when he was rescued,and taken to a clinic, he really was a hopeless case, not likely to be saved, but the staff at the clinic, one woman in particular Diane Kleinn was determined to do what they could for him, and he survived.
Then the Leven's come along, actually to have their beloved cat euthanized, and Oogy is being walked thru the waiting room and he chooses them. This book tells us the remarkable story, we read Oogy's antics, his true love of people, and the bond that forms between owner and pet.
The author did an amazing job in the telling of Oogy's story, it was more like listening to an old friend tell about his dog, you can feel the love that Mr. Levin has for this dog, as well as the special bond Oogy has with the twin sons.
Parts of this story were sad, it was hard reading Oogy's condition when he first came to the clinic, most dogs that suffer such horrendous treatment don't survive, fortunately Oogy did. That being said I would label this a feel good book, because it will put a smile on your face and I for one will never forget Oogy's story. I would have to say that I do disagree with the title I think it should have been Oogy a dog that everyone will love!
Thanks so much Mr. Levin for sharing Oogy's story, I only hope that we get to read more about him.
One a scale of 1 to 5 I easily give Oogy a 10 its a heartwarming story that every animal lover will enjoy!
Even though I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher it in no way influenced my opinion of this book!