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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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"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
"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
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"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.' "
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 expos 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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.
Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth
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A must read for dog lovers. Since I live near Person County, volunteer at a local shelter, and work with dogs at a kennel every day, this was very interesting to me. Read morePublished 15 months ago by lynn bowman
This is two amazing books in one! It is the tale of a sweet little dog who is rescued by a great human. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike Bagley
This book was a difficult read. I didn't like the writer, but the story of little boy blue is very touching. Gives a huge glimpse into what goes on in our nations animal shelters! Read morePublished 17 months ago by windrunner
Having adopted two rescue dogs, this is an amazing story as it takes the reader behind the scenes for a hard look at what happens in high-kill shelters. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jean Baur
This book really got me fired up about spaying and nurturing. I always adopt shelter dogs and spay/nuture (if not already). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is a great book - a tough, tender, touching read about the problem of pet overpopulation in the United States. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sarah M
One of the best books i've read. i know that it opened my eyes to everything that happens in shelters and rescues everywhere. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer