- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: White Swan Publishing (January 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974710105
- ISBN-13: 978-0974710105
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disposable Dogs: Heartwarming, True Stories of Courage and Compassion Paperback – January, 2004
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About the Author
Dog lover Steve Swanbeck started writing about abandoned and abused animals during his days as a newspaper editor. The stories helped many unwanted dogs and cats find new homes. The author's last book recorded the history of Seeing Eye dogs, extraordinary animals who help thousands of people achieve greater independence. Swanbeck will donate a portion of his proceeds from Disposable Dogs to help homeless animals.
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I was almost immediately blown away by the amazing story the author told early in this book about the dog "Brandy" who was abandoned next door to a non-dog person after the dog's elderly owner passed away. Brandy ended up saving the life of the neighbor's young son - and thereby inspiring the mother to fall in love with the golden retriever, and to begin a dog rescue which would end up saving thousands of canine lives over the following years. What a story! The dog was cannily heroic - preventing the toddler from falling into a river while pressing up against him for hours, trembling with exhaustion, waiting for rescue of the two of them. It was one of the most moving and impressive dog stories I've ever read. The other tales in the book were mostly simple rescue stories, a few with a little extra drama or a hitch before a happy ending. Deserving dogs that finally found their forever homes. It was a mild mix in comparison to the powerful story of heroism -- which inspired me to google the rescue the grateful mother had started after making Brandy a member of her family. That was when I found out the woman had died in 2006 and they found hundreds of starving, neglected, sick animals on her property. Something well intended had turned into a grizzly ugliness, perhaps due largely to her illness near the end. (Fortunately, supporters seem to have gotten the rescue back on its feet since then so I don't want to malign the organization itself or the good work it's done.) I do understand the author could not have known what happened when he finished Disposable Dogs in 2004 as that was two years before the death of the woman he wrote about. However, after that revelation and the distinct lack of powerful anecdotes in the remainder of the book, I could no longer appreciate Disposable Dogs or, in good conscious, recommend it to anyone else.