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Disposable Dogs: Heartwarming, True Stories of Courage and Compassion Paperback – January, 2004

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"A motivating must read for those involved in animal welfare or for anyone who just loves animals." -- Jeffrey Vernimb, member, board of trustees, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center

"Charmingly written tales of lost dogs who lived to enjoy brighter days!" -- Jenny Tesar, science writer and author of 40 books

About the Author

Dog lover Steve Swanbeck started writing about abandoned and abused animals during his days as a newspaper editor. The stories helped many unwanted dogs and cats find new homes. The author's last book recorded the history of Seeing Eye dogs, extraordinary animals who help thousands of people achieve greater independence. Swanbeck will donate a portion of his proceeds from Disposable Dogs to help homeless animals.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: White Swan Publishing (January 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974710105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974710105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By yvetteirene on August 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you love dogs as I do, and have a broken heart at the thousands that are laid to waste each year in this country's animal shelters, you will love this book. It is uplifting, and loving, and goes to the heart of a dog, any dog, and their absolute unconditional love. Keep the box of Kleenex handy, you'll need it!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By the dog lady on January 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Please read this" is all I can say! I've worked as numerous (no-kill) shelters and I see the devestation every day. My own three dogs came from situations very much like the fine pooches in this wonderful book.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rescue Volunteer on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book (I might be just a little biased though - my dog is Dallie on page 176). I was very surprised to get the phone call from Steve Swanbeck and even more surpised to see that my story made the cut. I was very impressed that he got the story about Dallie 100% correct. The other stories were wonderful as well - full of inspiring people. I have read other books similar to this and some of them can be depressing and heartwrenching. I am pleased to report that this book is one that leaves one feeling that there are good people in this world and that happy endings do exist. Also, kudos to Mr. Swanbeck for donating part of his proceeds to help homeless animals. I am a firm believer in less talk more action.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By dog lover on January 9, 2007
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The precious face on the cover of this book sets the tone perfectly. And the description beneath the picture says it all. Heartwarming, True Stories of COURAGE and COMPASSION. Seventy dogs are written about and you'll feel like you've known each one of them. You'll laugh and you'll cry about them and for them. A particular favorite is Keeley who was shot and left for dead, but she always had the will to live, and did. "Humans could take a lesson from dogs who have suffered but refused to give up. They never look back. They just pick up and go forward." Amen to that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Tate on January 4, 2007
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I enjoyed this book about "throw away" dogs and how they persevered through lots of suffering. Many had very rough starts and it is amazing to me how these dogs really do live in the moment and don't let a rough start keep them from trusting again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony M. Julian on February 22, 2007
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I found the stories touching and at the same time heartwarming. In a time when the world as we know it can be cruel to mans best friend, it lets the readers know how kindness and compassion is still prevalent. It makes you realize how much hope and love abandoned dogs and cats can still give us after their hard and sometimes heartbreaking events.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Levic on July 25, 2008
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A very pleasant book for dog lovers. It's a rather simple book with a collection of brief stories about various dogs and how they have impacted the lives of humans in a positive way. Most of the dogs featured are rescue dogs and many have been seriously abused. Some were so abused that they faced euthanasia but a wag of a tail showed their determination to live. All of the dogs show love and compassion to their humans and some become true heroes in every sense of the word. Others simply give their humans a reason to live and to smile again. Most of the stories are about the unconditional love dogs give us even when humans have been far from kind to them. I'd guess the author collected a number of stories about dogs and combined them into a book. It's a nice collection of sweet stories where most, but not all, have happy endings, but in every story a human was touched by the love and compassion of a dog
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KT on October 25, 2007
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To think that these dogs were disposed! How many more have died suffering or been euthanazed - what wasted lives! But their luck turned around and for it, both people and these dogs lives were enriched; some even saved their saviours.

I think the message this book tries to send out is: next time you see a stray, don't think of it as a nuisance but a life that has value and deserves to be on this planet; a life that could have given so much love and care, if only his/her circumstances were different.

It's a good read, if only just to enlighten people.
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