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25 February 2014 @ 04:44 pm
Book Review: Oogy  
Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could LoveOogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this book should be required reading for 7 to 9 graders. It's a good book showing how important it is to consider other beings and that, even though, they may not be human, they have feelings. Perhaps if we reach a child when still in school, we may end the desire for dog fighting. Perhaps, the future Michael Vicks will think twice about hurting another being for monetary reasons. Dog fighting is such a cruel activity.

The book is about a bait dog. A dog who is used to train dog fighters. Bait dogs' mouths are usually shut with duct tape to prevent the bait dog from biting back. The aggressor dog is urged to tear the poor bait to pieces. Oogy survived this horrendous experience. He was just under 2 months. A good veterinary hospital worker took pity and had faith in hm. He was given all that medicine was able to provide for his survival. Oogy had the will to live and despite what he went through, he had love to give and enough faith in humans to accept.

The Levins met Oogy at the veterinarian hospital. Their cat was going to be euthanized. The love that Oogy gave them during their chance meeting convinced the Levins that Oogy was meant for them to take Oogy in as their family member.

The story is very sweet and tender. And, unlike all animal books out there, Oogy doesn't die, and more than likely, you won't shed tears. But you will feel tenderness for this white dog that had nothing but love to give despite the mistreatment he received when he was just a young pup.

There is a chapter where dog fighting is intensely described. If you are squeamish, all you have to do is skip one paragraph. I did. I work with enough rehoming dogs and their issues. My heart couldn't take that one paragraph. Otherwise, read the book. It's a wonderful, inspiring story.

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*~Kristen*~: BatB - Belle & Bookaries11 on February 26th, 2014 02:46 am (UTC)
Sounds like a very powerful story.
Spicedogs: BookBellespicedogs on March 1st, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
I think it was a powerful book.
~Lirpa~: Books: Antskatje0711 on February 27th, 2014 09:40 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a said book, but very good.
Spicedogs: BooksRLovespicedogs on March 1st, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
I wouldn't say that it was a sad book. It was very powerful in terms of letting people know what love and perseverance is all about.