Friday, January 28, 2011

Crazy Book Tours Book Review: Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love #9

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
Author: Larry Levin
Title: Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: Oct 12, 2010
Copy Provided By: Crazy Book Tours
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 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.
Review: This is the kind of animal book I love to read, the kind where the animal is still alive at the end. Oogy is a dog that anyone can't help but love and his owner really shows that love as he shares his story of his family and how they came to welcome a poor abused Dogo pup into their lives.

Sure this story is about Oogy, but it was also about Larry, Jennifer, Dan and Noah. The type of people they were helped shape Oogy's life, just as he helped shape theirs. Larry shares Oogy's life story with the world as best as he can.

It is wonderful to see a family that can take in a dog like this and give him love. Oogy is not the prettiest pooch, but how can you not love that face? He's like E.T.  He's so ugly he's cute.

What made this story super special was how the Levin's really went above and beyond for this dog. After the first $3,000.00 surgery, many people would have given up. Lucky for Oogy, his owners were attorneys as well as animal lovers. Oogy was really part of the family, like one of the twins said, "Oogy is my brother."

Most people that truly love their furry companions will feel this way and I don't think I've ever read a book with a pet where this is more perfectly illustrated. Larry loves Oogy and will do just about anything for his dog.

The Levin's are my kind of people.  Oogy is my kind of dog!

Rating: 5 flowers

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