In the best-selling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.
In 2002 Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen - one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue - ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy's charms, and decided to take him home.
Heartwarming and redemptive, Oogy is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.
©2010 Larry Levin (P)2010 Hachette Audio
I love dog books. This book was written by a friend of mine (full disclosure) and I was eager to download it. The story is wonderful--Oogy is a remarkable dog, and the family that adopts him is special as well. The author tells the whole story very well, but the narrator bothered me the whole book long. His voice was just wrong for me. That may not be so for others, so please don't let that stop you from listening to a heart-warming dog tale.
This is a sweet story full of antropomorphisms but if you're a dog lover you probably won't care about that, I didn't! I listened to this book in two sessions. I like Joe Barrett's voice it is kind and gentle and I felt fitted the story well.
Audible has made it possible for me to get things accomplished and stay on the move while listening to some of my favorite books. Love it!
I'm a Pit Bull lover, actually I love all dogs. OOGY was the underdog and needed someone to try to understand him and his actions. He got just that from Larry, even if it did take him a bit to figure it out. Enjoyed the way Larry wrote the story out.
When he was able to break through his torment and Larry understood.
When things fell into place for OOGY and his partner.
Highly recommend to dog lovers of any type.
There are many sweet moments in the daily life of Oogy's family, but not enough story about Oogy and his impact on the family or his community. I wanted to know Oogy, not about the philosophy, preparation, and cooking of bacon in Oogy's home.
Not sure...I would be hesitant.
Yes, I think there were lesson in the story we could all learn.
Oogy, because he had so much love to share
Larry Levin-because it is nice to see a soft side of a man
If you are a pet lover or just like a story where an underdog comes out on top in spite of hardship, try this book. I'm blessed to have been introduced to Oogy!
Undoubted Oogy is a great dog, amazing even, to have endured all those. Kudos too to Levin, to have poured in unconditional love to care for this damaged (yet unbroken) dog. However, there's just no story in the book, it fell dead flat starting from the first page until the end. It fails to live up to the promising premise of the book (a damaged yet unbroken love, unconditional love only a family can bestow). It failed to put a smile on my face, to pull my heartstrings that I have hoped for from time to time. Ironically, the only part of the book that has bit of emotion in it was on the story about the kids adoption; which is not the center of the book and definitely not the reason I picked up this book. Just a disappointing book, doesn't really live up to the spirit and love of Levin to Oogy (or even of Oogy to Levin).
Crazy Dog Lady
As a lover of animals and dog rescuer, I found Oogy's story uplifting. I enjoyed listening to it. The fact that it is not an over-emotional tear-jerker was a definite plus, since I listen to Audio Books as I sew and iron.
Oogy's story of going from an abused dog to a treasured family member. I'm hoping that there will be another book about Oogy as he moves on into his next "career", and I live that just as I was thinking that would be a great thing for Oogy, sure enough, that is going to be his next move!
Yes! It was a really great story!One that makes you want to run out and rescue/help as many animals as you can, or just go home and grab yours up - squeeze and smother them with Kisses!!!!
When they took the cat to have her put to sleep, and found Oogy on the way out!!
I almost cried several times.
I thought this was a really great listen!
It seemed to be as much/more about the family that loved him as it was about Oogy! I still came away feeling like I new Oogy.
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