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A Dog's Way Home Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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Anyone who believes in the almost sacred relationship between a dog and his or her person, will understand how beautifully this has been rendered here. "Sheltie people" will recognize this as an accurate portrayal of the resilience and intelligence of the breed -- the book begins with an agility match, a sport Shelties excel at. Poor Tam has many hardships on his way home and the book takes place over many months. Abby, while separated from Tam, also has adventures at a new school, even as she never stops believing Tam will make it home.
Although this book is suitable for and geared toward a younger readership, the author doesn't shy away from making Tam's journey difficult, and along the way tragedy and loss befall him, and perhaps parents should know that for the younger readers, but this is just such a good book.
Having worked at a shelter and adopted dogs, among them several Shelties, I think of all the times I've looked at these animals and wondered about their stories. My current Sheltie was found wandering in a park and there was another one who was a stray in Detroit. I wondered who missed them or who had let them go and I wonder if my beloved pets have memories of their lives before.
For fans of Lassie Come Home and related stories, many of Tam's experiences pay homage to these books and movies -- friends found, rescue just missed, and still the dog moves on, relentless in his need for home.Read more ›
Once Tam was lost it was his story I was most interested in. One thing I loved about Tam, he wasn't an extraordinary or overly smart dog. He was simply a regular Sheltie, following his instincts to get home. Sometimes I read dog stories and wonder, how does this dog know so much.* I never got that feeling with Tam. His journey was very long and I was caught up in it and my heart when out to him many times.
I was so caught up in Tam's story, but its to the author's credit that I never once considered skipping Abby's story. As much as I wanted to know what was happening to Tam, Abby part still held me. Pyron gave equal amount of time to both stories. Somewhere along way I was more invested in Abby's. The story spanned months, Abby's life wasn't put on hold. She still had to navigate middle school and make friends. The author also took the time to develop the characters around Abby. I really enjoyed the dad's love of music . I loved getting an unexpected taste of country music scene in Nashville.
Though it always came back to Tam and Abby. When I started reading, I didn't think it was going to have an Old Yeller ending (it wasn't) and I still got choked up. There's one at the line at the end that will stay with me for a very long time. A Dog's Way Home was a pleasure to read and I loved losing myself in it. A must read for anyone who loves dog stories.
The story is told using two perspectives: eleven-year old Abby Whistler and her beloved champion Shetland sheepdog, Tam. It begins on a "near-to-perfect fall day" following a champion agility event. The two are on the long journey home to Harmony Gap, North Carolina. Predictably, there's an accident, as "The truck screamed in alarm. It swerved one way and then the other..." . Abby's and Tam's worlds are turned upside down, and the two become separated. The plot unfolds as the narrative moves between the two perspectives, each trying to find their way back to the other. But the transitions are natural, each perspective emotionally authentic and powerful. Bobbie doesn't hold back from the difficult moments, as hope wanes. The reader stays riveted to both characters.
We know from the very beginning what happens in the end, when "Her smell surrounded him ... grass, green apples, the salt of tears. Tears he licked from her face." But, as with any excellent crafted story, it's the journey that counts, and this one is an utter delight.
One day when Tam the sheltie and her owner Abby and her mother are coming home from an agility trial they are involved in a traffic accident. Abby and her mother are injured and Tam's crate is ejected off the back of the truck. Abby breaks out of the crate and is left to fend for herself out in the woods and soon becomes feral raiding trashcans and eating what she can. For me the book was exciting and heartrending with a lovely ending. At times it made my cry. Great book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter and I read this book for our mommy/daughter book group - and we both enjoyed it a lot.Published 3 days ago by J. deRosier
Great book about our favorite dogs, Shelties. You will enjoy reading this adventure.Published 3 months ago by T. McKinch
This book is the best dog book that i have read in my 13 years I think it is good for all agesPublished 6 months ago by Tabitha Davis
this book is very touching and if your wondering if the book was good or not its the best book ever! its about a girl and a dog and they lose each other and find each other again.Published 9 months ago by Rosalee Bills
My daughter has borrowed this book from the library and read it so many times I just had to get her her own copy!Published 11 months ago by Heidemarie
This was a great book, it was written beautifully from both the human's point of view as well as the dog's. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Savanna M.
This is a great story and the reading is wonderfully done. We listened to it the first time on a long family car trip. Our son now listens to it every night at bedtime.Published 12 months ago by Merry Heart