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Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love | [Larry Levin]

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2010 Larry Levin (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 10-14-10
    SomervilleWhereElse Somerville, MA 10-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Lovely story"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Irene Krenzke Houston, Texas USA 11-15-10
    Sarah Irene Krenzke Houston, Texas USA 11-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Oogy: The dog everyone will love"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-29-14
    Lori Phoenix, AZ, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Enough Oogy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Levin again?

    Not sure...I would be hesitant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Oak Harbor, WA, United States 03-11-13
    Patricia Oak Harbor, WA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a great listen!"
    Would you listen to Oogy again? Why?

    Yes, I think there were lesson in the story we could all learn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oogy, because he had so much love to share


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Larry Levin-because it is nice to see a soft side of a man


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristien MYRTLE BEACH, Seychelles 07-16-12
    Kristien MYRTLE BEACH, Seychelles 07-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Everyone should listen to this book"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yoo-Win United States 07-08-12
    Yoo-Win United States 07-08-12
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    "Great Dog, Deplorable Book"

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa MANTEO, NC, United States 06-04-12
    Lisa MANTEO, NC, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Uplifting Story, Well Told!"
    What made the experience of listening to Oogy the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda United States 05-31-12
    Brenda United States 05-31-12
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    "For Dog Lovers Everywhere"

    This is a great story, of that love that is forever. A love without reservations, and no limits. If you are a dog lover, you will be touched by this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam S Al. 04-28-12
    Pam S Al. 04-28-12

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    "More Family than Dog"
    Would you listen to Oogy again? Why?

    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!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oogy?

    When they took the cat to have her put to sleep, and found Oogy on the way out!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I almost cried several times.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Collegedale, TN, United States 04-23-12
    Anne Collegedale, TN, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A TRIBUTE TO A DOG"
    What disappointed you about Oogy?

    I LIKE A GOOD DOG STORY, I JUST DON'T NEED TO HEAR IT AGAIN.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    ITS NOT A BAD BOOK OR STORY. I JUST DON'T NEED TO HEAR IT AGAIN. IF I LOVE A STORY, I WILL LISTEN MANY TIMES.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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