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Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life With Dogs Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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"Each one of these dogs is special in their own way and each story is heartwarming. If you’re a dog lover, this is one book you should definitely look into. You won’t be disappointed!" --Night Owl Reviews
"This book is a quick, enjoyable, read and I recommend that you hold the book in one hand and pet your dog with the other." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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I enjoyed all the stories, but I was especially touched by the story of Schoep (which I think is pronounced "Shep") and his owner, John Unger. Schoep was adopted by Unger from a shelter in Wisconsin, and he was probably the dog most in need and least likely to be adopted. Nonetheless, Unger wanted to adopt a dog that had been abused and help him realize his full potential. Unger worked tirelessly with Schoep and eventually transformed the dog into a wonderful pet. The best part of the story, though, is that, just as Unger had saved Schoep, Schoep eventually returned the favor, as only the thought of leaving Schoep alone saved Unger from killing himself at an incredibly low period in his life. Readers will love the photograph of Unger floating in the water with Schoep lying on his chest, asleep and perfectly content.
This is only one of the many stories of the fantastic intelligence, loyalty, inventiveness, and amusement that dogs offer in return for our custody of them. I was impressed by the variety of dog breeds that were represented in these stories, especially by the number of "pit bulls" that appeared. This breed has an unjustified reputation for vicious behavior, and this little book will do much to help readers overcome any prejudices they have. There were a few greyhounds as well, and as I have a cousin who works with greyhound rescue, I know firsthand how wonderful this breed is as a pet.
The book is replete with beautiful photographs as well: the reader sees each dog profiled and usually his or her owner as well.Read more ›
FIVE STARS! *****
"Devoted" is a sweet and moving little book by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh offering 38 inspirational tales of faith and redemption. The mix is heartwarming --and sometimes heartbreaking-- as the tales of service dogs, of therapy dogs, of rescue dogs, of apparently flawed humans and of apparently flawed dogs overcome what's on the surface to bond in many ways.
Interspersed among the stories are dog breed capsules and dog factoids. Yes: a warm puppy can be a source of happiness, as the interaction between humans and dogs can release the powerful --and pleasurable-- neurotransmitter oxytocin. As it turns own, a chemical reaction is why it feels so darned good to touch a dog.
Dog lovers will certainly enjoy this book. So will anybody else who enjoys uplifting stories about overcoming adversity, service, bonding and love (on both sides of the dog-people equation).
One warning: dog-lover or not, if you have a human heart: don't read without a box of tissues nearby...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for my mother, and she's really enjoying the stories!Published 12 days ago by Charlie Chaplin
Purchased this for my mom, a dog fanatic. She loves the individual short stories included in this book.Published 18 days ago by Blue Clear Sky
Good stories and photography. Lovely for animal lover gift and tabletop.Published 18 days ago by Super Girl
Purchased as a Christmas present for one of my adult daughters who is a dog owner/lover...she was so pleased!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book got me crying for an hour. All the stories are so cute and heartwarming.Published 1 month ago by Patrice B.
Unbelievably touching, tender and worth a few thousand rereads, especially during the dark times of life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Native Teacher