Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love, by Larry Levin, Grand Central Publishing, 2010.
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. (Library Journal Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.)