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Who would have thought I'd write a book about a dog named Sprite? Well, actually, about a dog named Pepsi,too, and another one named Griffen.
Every dog lover has a dog story. This is mine.
For most of my life, my passions have involved big goals and big thoughts. I've spent my career as a lawyer and broadcaster working on constitutional issues, writing about public policy, and talking about current events. I've served at the highest levels of our government, and I've even written a book about the Supreme Court. So why write this book? Because I am, fi rst and foremost, a dog lover. Few things in life have given me the kind of joy and, frankly, sorrow, as my relationships with my dogs. And this is especially so with an older dog we rescued from a local shelter.
We called him Sprite.
Sprite was found one day roaming the streets of Silver Spring, Maryland. We believe he lost his original family -- or they lost him. He was taken to a local shelter and later handed over to foster parents while awaiting a family to adopt him. We were lucky to be that family.
Sprite was so beautiful. He had big brown eyes and the softest fur I'd ever touched. As we soon learned, Sprite also suffered from serious and ultimately debilitating health problems, but he never let any of it get him down. Despite life's curveballs, he was a dignifi ed, graceful, and courageous dog. He was friendly to all, humans and canines alike.
Sprite touched me in ways I could never have expected. He taught me to better appreciate the simple and more important things in life. He quickly became an irreplaceable member of our family and a fixture in the neighborhood. Even with all his setbacks, Sprite was full of life. He appreciated life. He cherished every moment, seeming to understand that his time left on earth would be toobrief.
I loved this dog. Writing this book was both painful and cathartic for me. Reading it may be emotional for you. I hope it brings you some smiles. I know it will bring you some tears. I hope, when you're done, that you are moved to hold your dog closer in your arms -- or in your memories.
Thanks to Mark Levin for this book. If you've ever had a pet you should read it.Published 2 days ago by K. Davenport
I loved this book, being an animal lover I knew what Mark was saying. I loved the compassion he wrote with and the honesty about our beloved pets, so sincere and loving. Read morePublished 8 days ago by lyn lauderdale
Mark Levin has written a love story for his beloved Sprite. So sweet and beautifully written, Mark Levin is a master of story telling and a very, very good man.Published 8 days ago by Meredith Gray
This is a beautiful and tender-hearted story of a great dog lover who has saved the lives of dogs by adopting them, and who contributes much to rescue shelters. Read morePublished 9 days ago by William Scott McGeary
I have read it already, it made me cry. Mark Levin is a beautiful writerPublished 11 days ago by Jo Ann Uscio
Love it! Be prepared to shed a tear or two. Everyone that has had a dog & gone through the loss of a dog knows exactly how Mark feelsPublished 14 days ago by Suzie
It was a wonderful story mostly filled with joy. There were some parts that were very sad because it reminded me of some years ago when I had to put my dog down. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Charles L. Snyder