The Dog Only A Family Could Love

Large Print - 2010
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Publisher: Detroit [Mich.] : Thorndike Press, 2010
Characteristics: 249 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410432353 (lg. print)
1410432351 (lg. print)
Call Number: LP 636.700929 LEVIN


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Aug 30, 2018

OMG this was such a heartwarming read.

Poor Oogy, he had a rough start to life, but so many people refused to give up on him, and with his stubbornness and strong determination to live....we are now presented with his story.

We have all heard of dog fighting, but how many of us heard of dogs being used to bait the fighting dogs? Well here is Oogy, and he was a former bait dog that lived through a dangerous time and came out on top.... surrounded by love, warmth and on top of that he has the best temperament and personality ever.

I dare you not to get teary eyed or attached to this beloved dog once you get accustomed to his unusual features.

Jul 29, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. I think the first chapter does it a bit of a it disservice as it talks about the author's morning routine and it takes a bit to hit its stride. Once we learn about Oogy's background, how the author acquired him, as well as his true breed, this book takes some interesting turns. What I loved about this heartfelt story is that it looks at what it means to rescue a dog from a rough background and give it a life worth living.

The author makes a statement that made me cry but it's completely true in that when you accept an animal into your life, you are responsible for the health, happiness, and to provide them with peace, and that is 100% true. This book was pure fluff, but I appreciated the depths of how Larry's family accepted this form bait fighting dog into their lives and gave him as perfect of a life as they could. Definitely recommend it to dog lovers.

Veepea Jan 14, 2016

A touching story but it would have been a quicker read had the author left out many details it is not necessary for us to know, such as the time it takes to microwave different brands of bacon in the morning... :S

Jan 07, 2016

Oogy – The Dog Only A Family Could Love was written for those of us who love our dogs. Oogy is not a Pit Bull as one would conclude from his picture on the cover; he is a little known breed to North Americans, a Dogo. As many reviewers have already stated, Oogy is one amazing dog. I see many similarities between Oogy and my wonderful Border Collie. My main concern with Larry Levin’s book was that we barely read a thing about Oogy for the first 75 pages while the author describes the adoption of his twin boys and as another reviewer suggested, some facts are repeated a few times in the book. Still, this book does describe a remarkable family and a remarkable local Veterinarian and staff who originally save Oogy’s life and then provide free services for his care for the rest of his life. The love shared between the author Larry Levin and Oogy just leaps out of the pages at you. I challenge readers to get through this book without having a teary eye at one point or another. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Jun 30, 2012

I agree... Oogy is an amazing dog, but the writing was lacking. It's a good, quick read though. Just an awful lot of repetition at times...

May 19, 2012

Have you ever had the opportunity to rescue an animal from the jaws of certain death? In 2002 while at the Ardmore Animal Hospital, Levin and his twin sons met a little white pup who was missing his left ear and most of the left side of his face, which was covered in scar tissue. The pup who'd been used as a "bait dog" to train fighting dogs was energetic and loveable. Levin and his sons instantly fell in love with him and he with them. Now they had the task of convincing Jennifer (wife and mother) that they should adopt him. A true story filled with love and life-long devotion.

Mar 15, 2012

Fast and enjoyable read. Think I'd have nipped allowing the dog climb on the kitchen table, and other similar bad habits, in the bud long ago regardless that the poor mutt had to go thru the traumas that it did; but that's my opinion. Glad it is a happy story for this abandoned dog; wish there were more happy endings, like this one, for all those other shelter animals everywhere.

Feb 07, 2012

Just finished this book and I loved it! I didn't cry through the book at all until the last few paragraphs of the book!! Such a good story about love and the will to survive..

Nov 17, 2011

Excellent read, one amazing dog and family

Jul 26, 2011

Oogy is a remarkable dog. The writing not so much.


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