Thursday, November 18, 2010


Publisher's Summary. In the bestselling 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.


Dear Oogy,

You are my hero! Your story of surviving, despite being brutally disfigured, at least one or more vicious attacks while only a few months old and being left for dead is nothing short of amazing! Who knows how many days you had been lying in your cage, before the police found you and brought you to the animal hospital. Next, you had to undergo the first of many surgeries that saved your life, but caused you a lot of pain. Speaking of pain it turns out that you lived with chronic pain for over two years before it was discovered. What a strong character you have!

But what really inspires me is the way you bounced back from the trauma and abuse to reveal your happy and loving self. I am so glad that you have found a loving home with the Levins. I think it is extra special that the Levin boys and you share the special bond of being adopted/chosen by Larry and Jennifer Levin.

I am also excited about the new career you are embarking on as a certified therapy dog. I can only imagine the joy you will bring to hospitalized children and wounded vets. You rule!

Although we have never met, I would love to head up your fan club (or at least a local chapter). And if our paths ever cross, Milkbones are on me!

From your number one fan!

Advance review copy provided courtesy of the publisher.


  1. Kim...this sounds wonderful. I love animal stories (especially those with a happy outcome).

  2. Yes he does look strange, but so glad he had a family :D

  3. I just don't understand how anyone can treat an animal that way. I'm glad Oogy found a great home, too. This sounds like a wonderful book.

  4. Sounds like a heart-warming story. And I like how you did this review, the letter format is a nice change of pace.

  5. I give you much credit for reading this -- I sometimes have to shy away from these things because I cry so much it hurts. I can't stand what people do to animals, and it makes me nauseous. I'm so, so, SO happy that Oogy found a wonderful home -- it gives hope for humanity, don't you think?

    Very cute review -- a fitting tribute to an incredible hero who continues to give back by being a therapy dog. Well done!