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Grade 3-6-Written with affection and conviction, these anecdotes chronicle the lives of eight unwanted strays who were dumped at animal shelters, many at the Humane Society of Seattle/King County in Washington State. After their adoptions, these dogs went on to accomplish great things and changed the lives of their loving owners. Each story begins with a black-and-white photo of the canine and proud human companion, and closes with a short section on a topic of related interest. The writing is clear and straightforward, letting the drama and pathos of the dogs' triumphs, and the owners' dedication, carry the stories. It is hard to remain unmoved by the tale of Kirby, a small terrier mix, who was left for six days in an apartment when his elderly owner died in the hospital. Hostile and unapproachable, he was scheduled to be put to sleep until he was asked to go for a walk. Recognizing the word, he came out of his shell and became once again the loving dog he had always been. Joey became a service dog for his owner, who had multiple sclerosis, and learned to open doors, pick up items, and eventually served as an ambassador for a nonprofit organization that promotes the human-health benefits of keeping pets. These short stories should appeal to reluctant readers because of their length and irresistible subject matter, they will be popular with animal lovers, and they may even inspire families to adopt a shelter dog.
Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Animal lovers will enjoy these eight short stories about shelter dogs going on to do great things. Among the dogs featured are Tracker, who was adopted by an animal trainer and has starred in TV commercials and movies; Ivan, who was trained by a hearing-impaired woman and ended up saving the lives of both the woman and her daughter when the fire alarm sounded; and amazing Bridgett, who can predict an epileptic seizure up to 20 minutes before it actually happens. A black-and-white photo of the dog and its owner begins each story, and a short section on a related topic (such as fire prevention) ends the segment. Kids will find the heroics appealing, but the book's greatest achievement may be its potential for increasing adoptions from shelters. Lauren Peterson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 940 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807573361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807573365
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on December 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book has only some examples of shelter dogs who become part of a family. Zorro,Kirby,Ian,Tracker, and Joey are some of the characters, or dogs, in this wonderful book. Kirby is a westie who's owner died. Kirby was left alone in his house without food or water for seven days before he was discovered. When People came to get him, he snarled and snapped. They could not put him up for adoption. Right before they put him to sleep, while they were trying to get a leash on him, a woman asked if he would like to go for a walk. When he heard that word, he turned into an affectionate, loving pup. That was one example of the interesting stories in this book. With shelter dogs who become seizure alert dogs, actors, and family dogs, this is truly a great book!
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A Kid's Review on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Shelter Dogs

The book is about dogs getting adopted. The dogs did amazing things. One dog almost died but a word saved his life. One other dog was a champion that nobody wanted. Everyone should read this book because it is interesting, amazing, and has weird things.

You can relate to being rescued in shelter dogs. 2 people were deaf, had a fire, and the dog saved them. Every time before the person had a seizure the dog barked. A dog helped another dog that was blind. A dog was house trained to help someone.

You can relate to the characters in Shelter Dogs. The characters have problems. The dogs try helping the problems. There is one who helped with seizures. Most families were happy with their dog.

It takes you to different places in Shelter Dogs. In the Humane Society is where the dogs were. Some dogs were brought back here. In houses where dogs went when adopted. Some were adopted by Human Society.

Overall this book was a great book. I would rate it an 8. You can relate to the most of the dogs. I learned a lot from this book. I hope you will learn lots from this book too.
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A Kid's Review on June 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Zorro,Tracker,Kirby,Joey,These are a few of the amazing dogs I read about in Peg Kehrets book called Shelter dogs . Amazing storys of adopted stays. This book will take your heart away when you read how these dogs survide there tragical lives. This story is about dogs that were given to the Humane Society because the owners cn't take good care of them.
I liked this book because it taught lessons on responsibility, trust, and courage. I would recommend this book to others because if you're a dog lover you'll like it. It teaches good lessons about being nice to animals. My favorite story was about a dog named Zorro. Zorro was a very big dog with a lot of energy. He had something called kennel cough. Zorro was a very loving and caring dog and thats what I liked.
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I was very impressed by her stories of these amazing dogs. My daughter, Jessica, has a story in this book called "Danny". I read all the chapters and caught my emotions going from tearful to happy. She does a beautiful job writing the story. Am proud we are part of this. I believe these stories do show that shelter dogs do make wonderful pets!
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If you like to read books about dogs, this book would be great for you! This book has eight stories about amazing dogs, who have gone to the animal shelter and have been adopted. One dog was kept in a locked house, because his owner had died in the hopsital and the dog was forgotten. Then someone found him and brought him to the shelter. The dog wouldn't let anyone touch him, open his kennel or do anything with him. One day a helper at the shelter, asked the dog "do you want to go for a walk?" - ever since then the dog has been nice to everyone. I'm sure that if you like to read about dogs, this book would be great for you.
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By Sara M on October 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
While geared towards younger readers, any adult who's an animal lover is sure to love this book, too. Each story was heartwarming. It's especially relevant to those of us who have adopted shelter dogs because we relate to the huge impact that these 'throwaway' dogs have had on our lives.

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Lovely read! I hope that it encourages people to adopt a shelter dog. I had one myself and it has been the best decision in my life so far. He's been very sick and about to be euthanized on a Thursday. I came to the shelter Wednesday before and saw him cowered in a corner and trembling. A little bundle of dirty fluff that stank incredibly. I picked him up and noticed a blueish eye and thought he was blind. He put his head on my arm and gently licked my hand. - I never let go of him. They said I couldn't have him, he'd be too sick. - I gave them $200 cash and asked for his passport. Half an hour later, I walked out of the shelter with the dog. He had distemper. He was only 6 months old. I took him to the animal hospital who kept him for 2 weeks on a dripping feed. I stayed by his side every day, holding him and sometimes reading a book and just be with him. I loved him to bits until the day he died - 11 years later. We had a terrific time together and he fully recovered from distemper. And he wasn't blind - he just had blue eyes. - I told this because - together with this book - I hope that someone takes a dog from a shelter. They're incredible creatures! Friends for life!
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