My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book about a sweet dog who maintained his very loving nature in spite of horrible abuse as a puppy, which left horrible physical scars (and some mental ones as well).
The book went through what the author was able to piece together of Oogy’s history (the dog fighters didn’t leave well ordered written records), but the main focus was on Oogy’s becoming a member of the family.
Oogy focused on the relationship between Oogy and the family’s twin boys, and as part of this, it also goes into Dan and Noah’s adoptions as babies. I really enjoyed getting to know the family, and hearing the stories that have probably been told many times to guests at the dinner table.
Most fun was getting to know Oogy, still a young puppy when he healed enough to join the family. I can’t even imagine living with that kind of hurricane of puppy energy!
Oogy grows up, the boys do as well.
I admit, I did spend time wondering about the role of the wife/mother in all of this, although I feel guilty asking that question of a non-fiction book. She’s not there, other than in passing, because the author (perhaps by her request) chose not to put her there.
I’m handing my copy over to my 12 year old daughter, I think she’ll enjoy it. This is a also a good book to consider for gift giving to animal lovers, even if they aren’t dedicated readers.
All in all, it’s a very nice story.
I picked up my copy of Oogy at Book Expo America, for review on this blog. Thank you to Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Books for my copy of Oogy as well as for allowing me to host a giveaway of 2 copies of Oogy.