The dog only a family could love
Grand Central Publishing, 2010
Oogy is a small puppy rescued by the police during a raid on an illegal dog fighting operation. Oogy was used as a bait dog – a submissive dog the fighting dogs practice on. His injuries were horrific – an ear and half his face torn off, his jaw broken, covered in various other wounds and damaged eyes. But he had a spirit and a will to live and although the initial assessment was to put him down, he had a champion named Diane who pushed the veterinarian to spend several hours operating on him to save his life. Several weeks later he was healthy enough to be adopted out.
The author and his two pre-teen sons brought their old and ailing cat to the vet one morning to say goodbye. On their way out an assistant walked out with the scarred puppy on a lead: “The dog was a visual oxymoron. The right side of him was adorable, but the left side of his face was all flamingo pink scar tissue; it looked as if it had melted. His head appeared swollen, distorted. His right ear flopped over itself. His left ear was a jagged stump of flesh a thumb’s width high. The back of his lower left lip dropped below his jawline.” The puppy immediately took to the grieving family as if he had belonged to them for his entire short life. He knocked over one of the boys as he bent down to greet him, jumped on his chest and licked him nonstop. It was love at first sight for the puppy and his new family.
This memoir is sensitively and sweetly written. The author ties in the adoption of Oogy with the adoption of his two sons, weaving a tale of love, support, joy and learning. The only sadness in this story is the reaction of a few people who see Oogy and are put off by his horrific injuries and not looking beyond to the pure and joyful soul that dwells within. If you love reading about the triumph of rescued animals, you will love this book!
We read this book as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge, 2016
Topic: Read a Book with a One Word Title.
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