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Angelo's Journey: A Border Collie's Quest for Home by [Dirks, Angelo, Dirks, Leland]
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The second chapter, about the man who kidnapped Angelo, is brutal.... But the rest of the chapters are stories of all the people Angelo touched on his journey.... I truly enjoyed this book.... --Peggy's Pet Place peggyfrezon.blogspot.com/ and author of Dieting with My Dog, being released in fall, 2011

"...a great read and I recommend it for anyone looking for an exciting and inspirational book." --Eric Goebelbecker, noted dog trainer, Dog Spelled Forward, dogspelledforward.com

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You're a dog: a Border Collie. You're dognapped and taken hundreds of miles away. What do you do when you escape and make your way home? You herd a few sheep, and fix a few lives. Read Angelo's Story and you'll understand.

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  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RYW53U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A true(sorta) story from an imaginative writer and set in the beautiful yet harsh South Western Colorado and New Mexico area of the US where a lot of dreams and fantasy's can come true as well as cause heartbreak. I love this dog and his story. Would enjoy a longer version with more details from this creative writer, yet, you can't go wrong if you spend a couple of bucks and enjoy this treat -- it will scare you, surprise you, and warm your heart.
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With the wonderful weaving of different points of view, "Angelo's Journey" chronicles one dog's travels and the spiritual power of healing he shares along the way. Lassie has nothing on Angelo, who manages to find those who need him most. From those who are emotionally lost to those who need good, old-fashioned heroism to save their lives, the people Angelo meets along the way are individually affected by his courage and compassion. A must-read for any dog lover, and addicting from the first page to the last!
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After reading some of the other reviews, I realized there is more to this book than an enjoyable read. It has started an interesting dialogue as to what constitutes a dog-lover's book. A good story is defined not only by being well-written, but by moving readers to think and discuss; question and debate. That being said, I started reading this book a couple of times, not sure myself if it was my cup of tea. What I found reading the book to the end was a real story, not a touchy-feely, fuzzy all over, straight to video piece. This is a simple, beautiful and real expression of the human (and dog) experience.
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I loved it. It is a fascinating premise, to follow a dog home and have a snapshot into his experiences. All the characters along the journey are interesting, and I found myself really invested in some of them. But the big payoff is the end. There are few things in life as satisfying as a book with a good ending, and Angelo's Journey has a great one.
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I have to admit to being somewhat of a cynic. Another book about a dog? Yuchh. But, I downloaded this story on a recommendation and was immediately charmed by the writing, and then absorbed by the story. Once I started, I couldn't put my Kindle down. There is wit, love, and a look at a world the way we'd like it to be. I liked it so much I had to order the hardcover copy. I definitely recommend this book to all the other cynics out there. It'll make you just a little more hopeful.
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Angelo's Journey: A Border Collie's Quest for Home by Leland Dirks is a heart-warming story about Angelo, the Border Collie's journey away from his home for over a month - as told to the author.

As some of the lower ranked reviews have already stated, the first couple of chapters have parts that may shock people - dogs get hit by cars, a dog gets hit with a wrench, a man threatens to shoot a dog. Please do not let this stop you from reading a well-told tale of love lost and love regained that ends in triumph over tragedy.

Because I live in a rural area, I know all too well that there are (worthless) people who would harm animals. I see it all too often out here in the country in "anytown" USA. So for me, the narrative in the first pages of the book was not only necessary, but painted a realistic view of the plight of many animals in the United States today. It brought to light the (possible) horrors that Angelo had to endure, to show that there was trouble at every turn and to show that Angelo needed to get home and away from the tragedies of some of the people in the book.

I especially liked how each chapter (journal entry) was about a different place that Angelo (may have) traveled and about people Angelo (may have) interacted with. By the end of the book, for me, there was so much emotion wrapped up in the story that I was relieved to see a happy ending. Also, the extras at the back of the book were an added bonus and the photos of Angelo were just beautiful.

The author's writing style is warm and inviting and pulls you in from the very beginning and keeps you turning the page to see what happens next.

This is the first book I have read from this author and can honestly say that it will not be my last. I recommend this book for dog lovers and anyone who enjoys a well-written tale with a happy ending.
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I love this book. It was fun to know at least one of the characters and some of the "spots" mentioned in the story. Chapter 14 made me cry...and many of the chapters made me marvel, knowing how smart dogs are. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves dogs...or thinks they might!
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A story. A couple of stories - separate, but complementary to each other. Captivating, both keeping in tension and relaxing. A dramatization, a kind of fiction, but it's hard to resist the feeling that this all actually did happen. Why resist that possibility, anyway? It would be an irreparable waste!

Shame on me, but I usually don't read much all at once. "Angelo's Journey" broke this shameful habit spectacularly. Why?

First - because the book was written "by a Border Collie." I love these dogs very much, so it's impossible for me to skip such an item!

Second - it quickly became apparent, that the story is as intelligently designed as Border Collies are intelligent. Every chapter is a separate tale narrated by a different person who meets Angelo on his way. These are completely different people, in completely different situations, but each of them gains much from meeting him, including one whose life was saved... It makes reading very fascinating and addictive, especially since the author has shown his great ability to handle different styles, as the different characters narrate their stories.

Third - Leland Dirks - the man who has written "what Angelo has told him" - "the intermediary between Angelo and us" - is a person who loves dogs as much as I do, and he understands and sees them in a very similar way, so I just had to devour this work immediately.

Fourth - I had the good luck to be the first in Poland to own this book, which made me even more driven to read it.

I wasn't disappointed. I never expected I would be. Every expectation about this book has been fulfilled, or maybe even overfilled.
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