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Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth Hardcover – September 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764165267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764165269
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kavin masterfully weaves her life with Blue into the storyline, and does a great job presenting all of this information in an engrossing and inspirational narrative that reads like a page-turner police procedural.This is a compelling, important book that should be read by everyone who loves dogs."
--The Bark magazine

"Kavin crafts a readable and compelling depiction of the inefficacies of the taxpayer-funded shelter system and the people who have assumed the responsibility of shuttling animals across the country, from near-death to a new 'leash' on life."
--Publisher's Weekly

"Anger, heartbreak, and happiness are just a few of the emotions you'll experience as you read this book. Kavin is not timid, and goes right to the people in charge of the shelters to ask the 'hows,' 'whys' and 'how could you?' questions that you too, will want answered. She introduces the reader to numerous groups working, against the odds, to save as many dogs as possible. And while she uses plenty of statistics and facts to back up everything she says, the book reads like a mystery unfolding and not a technical journal on the world of animal shelters. If you love dogs, this is one book you must read. It's too important not to bring to light the awful truths surrounding our 'throw-away' dogs."


--Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"Freelance journalist Kavin (The Everything Travel Guide to Italy, <2010, etc.) hunts down the story of what happened to her rescue dog Boy Blue.

"In 2010, the author helped rescue Blue from certain death in an animal shelter in North Carolina. She found him online and was able to quickly provide the lucky survivor with a loving home, where he has flourished. Learning that her new companion might have been infected with ringworm and fearing "that something about his situation had been horribly, horribly wrong," she applied her investigating skills to uncovering the trail. Her first step was contacting Lulu's Rescue co-founder Michele Armstrong, who told her that Blue had been "headed for the gas chamber." The trail then led her to Person County Animal Rescue volunteers in North Carolina, who introduced her to the brutal conditions that Blue faced when he got dumped into the animal shelter. There are 13,000 rescue groups listed online at Petfinder.com, all struggling to find homes for unwanted puppies. The author describes them as functioning "like a modern day version of the underground railroad," and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Many unaffiliated volunteers are also involved in rescue efforts. The rescue groups often set standards for shelters and promote the spaying and neutering of animals put up for adoption, as well as finding loving homes, but money and volunteers are in short supply. This book chronicles one of the success stories. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Petfinder.com Foundation.
"A moving call to action." --Kirkus Reviews

"A moving call to action"-- Kirkus Reviews

From the Inside Flap

(back cover)
"A moving call to action."
--Kirkus Reviews

Kim Kavin's first encounter with Blue--

"He seemed shell-shocked--as any baby would be after riding five hundred miles in a cage in an RV in the middle of the night--but he let me hold him, and he gave me a kiss, and he looked up at me with big brown eyes that said, 'Trust me, I'm a survivor.' "

"It was there [at my veterinarian] that I'd get my first real insights into the place where he'd started his journey, along with my first inkling that something about his situation had been horribly, horribly wrong."

"I paused for a moment, trying to digest what she'd just told me.
" 'I'm sorry,' I said, shocked . . . 'Would . . . you . .. please . . . say that again?'
" 'Ninety-two percent,' she said. 'They kill almost all of them. We pulled him out at the last minute. He was headed for the gas chamber.' "

(front flap)
When journalist Kim Kavin decided to adopt a puppy, she went to her computer, clicked on an online photo, and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle puppy--advertised as healthy and available near her New Jersey home--was a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Kavin quickly saw that Blue was happy and friendly, but his manner indicated that he'd endured some unknown ordeal. Curious, she traced Blue's history all the way back to a long, dismal row of cages where, at the time of his rescue, he 72 hours to live.

Little Boy Blue is the true, shocking exposé that describes a brutal ongoing reality that prevails in many of America's taxpayer-funded shelters. But it's also the inspiring story of a grass-roots canine rescue network of dedicated animal lovers whose continuing efforts are saving countless dogs from unwarranted death.

(back flap)
Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist and a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters, but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dog Blue.




More About the Author

Kim Kavin has been a word enthusiast ever since her Mom taught her to read. She wrote to the publisher of her first-grade textbook after finding grammar errors, she won the fifth-grade spelling bee, and she was editor of her high school newspaper before graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. She has earned a living as a full-time writer and editor since 1994, which is about the same time she realized that she could never again eat at restaurants whose menus contain typos. Today, she takes extra care when writing Facebook status updates, since she is friends with her high-school English teachers.

In her spare time, Kim volunteers with dog-rescue organizations and participates in sprint-distance triathlons. She hesitates to call herself a competitor because she almost always brings up the rear, but she does finish every race while wearing Spandex in public, an accomplishment for which she believes women with curves should receive a special medal.

Kim lives in Morris County, New Jersey, about an hour west of Manhattan.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs.
Paula M Yandow
In his opinion the book was very well written, very informative, and a very good book.
Aimee O Boyd
This work is definitely aimed at those who work in animal shelters and rescue groups.
Kathy Fealhaber

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L McManus on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kim Kavin's book is a must read for anyone who considers themselves a dog lover. If you've ever considered purchasing a dog from a breeder or walked into a pet store only to "fall in love" with a dog and take it home....you HAVE to read this book and understand why your decision makes a difference in the lives of thousands of dogs who need homes.

I was horrified and ashamed to learn the harsh realities of shelters in this country.
How can this happen in 2012 in the USA? Read this book and follow along on Kim's journey as she traces Blue's past....before he came into her happy home. You won't be able to put it down because you will want to keep reading to see what happens next.

Kim doesn't sugar-coat the facts but after reading this book you will be inspired to do what you can to be part of the change to help make a difference.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kim and Blue at BookExpo America and I can tell you he's the sweetest dog ever! Please adopt! Save a life...

Debbie McManus
BookExpo America
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ELO1216 on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a dog lover, and I thought I knew about the plight of homeless dogs and other animals in the U.S. Many people I know have adopted shelter and/or rescue dogs, and it is wonderful to see these beautiful animals find great homes, and literally see them happy as can be with their new owners.

Then I read Kim Kavin's book - and I realized that I didn't know that much about the plight of rescue dogs. I didn't know that only 1 in 20 of them make it out of shelters alive. I didn't know that in many cases the state funded shelters are not finding homes for these dogs, it's the literally millions of people who, via a tremendous grass-roots effort utilizing facebook and other means, are pulling these animals out of the shelters - sometimes minutes before they are to be killed. Then there's the people who devote their own time and money to transport these rescued animals sometimes thousands of miles to either a foster home that will love and help the dog find a new home, or to a new owner. I didn't know about the multitude of organizations and shelters that are doing wonderful things to not only find these animals new homes, but to also educate everyone about what's going on - especially about spaying and neutering.

All this, and so much more, can be found in Little Boy Blue, a book that is at once so uplifting, and is also so shocking and informative. I couldn't put it down, and if you're a dog lover, and a human being, you won't be able to put it down either.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Curt Ogden on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have been an animal rescuer for almost 40 years and I was blown away by how Ms. Kavin was able to expose the whole underworld of rescue that most of the animal loving public is unaware of. She shares the good, the bad and the ugly with breathtaking clarity and honesty while still sharing an entertaining tale of her dog Blue's life. It is a must read for every animal lover but more importantly a book that needs to be shared with any human who has an ounce of compassion in their heart. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated".~ Mahatma Gandhi'
Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Herod on November 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that this book is very informative about the shelter and rescue/adoption situation in America. On one hand, it was very sad and upsetting to know that $15 million in tax dollars to go shelters who use gas chamber methods of euthanizing dogs in their posession. On another hand, it's encouraging to know that there are SO MANY who are working to change this, and to get all adoptable dogs into good homes. This book is a wonderful call to take action, and help out however we can, be it financially, by fostering a dog short-term, by choosing to adopt from a shelter or rescue rather than purchasing a purebread dog, or even supporting spay/neuter programs nationwide. While I was reading this book I kept recalling the story of the boy on the beach who was throwing starfish back into the sea. A man saw what he was doing and said that what he was doing would never matter in the grand scheme of things, to which the boy replied "it mattered to that one." We may not be able to adopt them all personally, but we can do our part to help out the cause.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol L Monfredo on December 19, 2012
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If after reading this book you don't go to your nearest shelter you are not alive! How we deal with animals gives us real insight into how we will treat each other... Things need to change and this book gives us that insight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek Fox on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Simply great...kavin brings her journalistic instincts along with her compassion for the dogs to the table while writing an interesting book. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves dogs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly O'Riley on November 24, 2012
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If you got your dog from a shelter or rescue group you should read this book. It describes how the author tried to find out where her puppy, Blue, came from. The details of how he and many other dogs who have been able to find homes, and those not so lucky is eye opening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on September 21, 2012
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This book was good and gave me a lot of information I was interested in as a person who fosters dogs that are brought up from the south. I thought it got a little slow at the end. However, if you are interested in some facts about why so many dogs are coming north for adoption, this is a great resource.
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