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Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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"Among the picks of the litter."―People
"In simple, touching prose, Levin relates the details of Oogy's rescue, his entry into their family, and the joy he continues to spread . . . Highly recommended for anyone (that's all of us) in need of inspiration."―Library Journal
"Among the many pet tales currently on bookstore shelves, this is the pick of the litter. . . Levin knits Oogy's story together with the stories of the many people involved in the dog's miraculous rescue and recovery. This is a cozy tale you'll want to curl up with and maybe wag once or twice."―Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)
"Heartwarming. . . . As remarkable in spirit as he is distinctive in appearance, the extraordinary Oogy receives a hero's biography from adoring Levin."―Publishers Weekly
"Oogy, the disfigured puppy rescued from a dog-fighting operation, has a story that's hard not to love. . . a compelling story that highlights the plight of dogs victimized by dog-fighting operations . . . a joy to read."―The Roanoke Times
"Oogy's story confirms what Dewey taught me years ago...that even a wounded animal tossed aside is capable of amazing joy if given love and respect by the human chosen to share life with them."―Vicki Myron, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
"An incredible story about an unforgettable dog. Get ready to make a very big place in your heart for OOGY. Because you're going to fall in love with this dog. And, this book."―Gary David Goldberg, creator of Family Ties and Brooklyn Bridge and author of Sit, Ubu, Sit
"What happens when one dog is used as bait to inspire another dog to kill? Nothing anyone with a conscience wants to imagine but it happened to Oogy, the puppy torn apart and left to die before being discovered by the police. This is a story about what can happen when the worst in people meets the best in people and the best wins. In spite of its subject, this is a gentle tale of one man's love for his dog and the angels along the way who brought Oogy into his life."―-Susan Richards, New York Times-bestselling author of Chosen by a Horse and Saddled
"At its heart, OOGY is a love story between a kind and generous man and an astonishing dog, reassuring in its affirmation that all the seemingly random pieces of life somehow belong together. This book is well worth spending time with."―Mary Nethery, co-author of the New York Times-bestselling Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle
"The story of Oogy proves that the human-canine bond doesn't depend on outward beauty. Oogy's love for the Levins, and theirs for him, will touch the heart of anyone who reads his story."―-Sharon Sakson, author of Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs
About the Author
Larry Levin and his family live in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. He is an attorney in solo practice. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for twenty-six years. Their sons, Noah and Dan, are eighteen. Oogy is eight.
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A difficult visit to his vet's office to euthanize his beloved aging cat leads to the author's initial encounter with a happy, but horribly disfigured one-earned dog that looks like a pit bull. Intrigued by the dog's appearance, Levin discovers that the pup's deformity is the result of him being used as a disposable, living chew toy for fighting dogs ... likely due to his non-aggressive demeanor. Drawn to the dog's sad story and pathetic appearance, Levin offers to adopt the pup, even though he realizes the myriad of challenges associated with adopting a dog under such circumstances. It is at this point where the author is reminded of similar apprehension when he and his wife, after a long wait, were finally notified that their desire to be adoptive parents came to fruition ... in the form of twin boys. Taking a chance on adopting a severely wounded dog involved with fighting may turn out to be just as much of a blessing as adopting his twin sons.
As Levin and his family adjust to life with their new companion, it is through frequent visits to the vet's office that Levin learns of the extent of Oogy's horrific injuries and the likely causes. We come to find out that Oogy being alive is the biggest miracle of all. It is also during these vet visits, the author discovers Oogy is not what he actually appears to be. Quickly, the tone of the book gradually turns from depressing to uplifting as Levin begins to describe how Oogy easily becomes the family's third adopted son. The ups and downs associated with Oogy's life in the Levin house are often humorous; a trademark commonly found in most books written about family pets. Belying the positive progression of Oogy are the recurring maladies that serve as a constant reminder of the dog's earlier suffering and the pending vacancy created by Levin's sons leaving for college.
The story of Oogy is a positive and enjoyable light read. For the dog lover, the first several chapters will likely be painful to read, but Levin details the suffering only to the point of effectively hooking the reader on Oogy and his story ... you become a fan and want to share in his redemption. At times, Levin can be a little "syrupy", especially when recanting his efforts to eliminate any and all perceived suffering or inconvenience Oogy may experience ... no matter how natural, trivial or small. But the reader is ultimately rewarded by Levin sharing his dog's truly amazing story from barely surviving to become a much-beloved family member.
I laughed out loud at Oogy's antics & cried for what he had suffered at the hands of cruel & inhumane monsters. Then Diane and the Levins entered the picture & the power of love & caring totally changed everything!! A magnificent story with a beautiful outcome for everyone & especially Oogy!!.