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Title:
Oogy : the dog only a family could love
Author:
Levin, Larry (Laurence M.)
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Grand Central Pub., [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
214 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
"A heartwarming story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted"--Provided by the publisher.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.1 9.0 142962.
ISBN:
9780446546317
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Larry Levin and his family live in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. He is an attorney in solo practice. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for twenty-six years. Their sons, Noah and Dan, are eighteen. Oogy is eight.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Attorney Levin shares the by turns horrifying and heartwarming story of Oogy, his gentle pit bull who went from brutalized bait for fighting dogs to beloved family member and therapy dog. The four-month-old pup was discovered near death: maimed, missing an ear and half his face, with numerous other life-threatening injuries. A kindly animal hospital worker marveled at his sweetness despite his intense suffering and persuaded the shelter not to euthanize him. Oogy finds a home with the author, his wife, and their twin sons-both adopted-and the puppy's hijinks (eating homework, opening and raiding the fridge and pantry) ensue. As remarkable in spirit as he is distinctive in appearance, the extraordinary Oogy receives a hero's biography from adoring Levin, who both recognizes himself in and feels rescued from the grip of his own childhood traumas by his indomitable companion's capacity to survive. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In 2002, Levin and twin sons Noah and Dan took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital near Philadelphia to be put to sleep. There, a little white pup leapt from a technician's hold and pummeled Noah with sticky dog kisses. He was lovable and energetic-and he was missing his left ear and some of the left side of his face, which was covered in scar tissue. Oogy, as he came to be known, had been used as bait to train fighting dogs and then thrown into a cage to die. As Levin later learned, he'd been scooped up in a police investigation aimed at drug dealing, which often goes hand in hand with dog fighting. In simple, touching prose, Levin relates the details of Oogy's rescue, his entry into their family, and the joy he continues to spread. "Depraved acts had been committed against him," he marvels, "and he sat before me waiting for my love and help." As Noah and Dan were adopted, Levin affectingly weaves their story with Oogy's, delivering a sweet sense of the possibilities of giving-and getting-love. Verdict Highly recommended for anyone (that's all of us) in need of inspiration. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/10.]-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.