Last week, I stopped by my local library to sign up for a card, and couldn't leave empty-handed. After putting a jillion books on hold (there are a ton of libraries in this system, so items are really spread out), I browsed through the dog book section. With the busy-ness of unpacking and getting everything together for this house, I needed something that would leave me feeling good and smiling.
Larry Levin's book isn't ground-breaking: a family adopts a dog that was once used as bait in for other dogs in fights. Oogy, the sweet pup featured above, was adopted by the Levins at about 4 months old when they stopped by their local animal hospital. He had already undergone extensive surgeries on his mouth and ear, and would need a family who could love him unconditionally despite his somewhat odd appearance. The Levins, including their adopted twin sons, embraced Oogy as one of their own.
That's really all there is to this story. A dog was in need of a family, and this one stepped up to the challenge. It's sweet (although it is clear that Levin is a lawyer, not an author; be aware of this as you read the somewhat stilted and repetitive narrative), well-intentioned, and the dog doesn't die at the end! Win-win!