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Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love [Hardcover]

Larry Levin
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Book Description

Oct. 12 2010
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.

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"Among the picks of the litter."—People

"In simple, touching prose, Levin relates the details of Oogy's rescue, his entry into their family, and the joy he continues to spread . . . Highly recommended for anyone (that's all of us) in need of inspiration."—Library Journal

"Among the many pet tales currently on bookstore shelves, this is the pick of the litter. . . Levin knits Oogy's story together with the stories of the many people involved in the dog's miraculous rescue and recovery. This is a cozy tale you'll want to curl up with and maybe wag once or twice."—Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)

"Heartwarming. . . . As remarkable in spirit as he is distinctive in appearance, the extraordinary Oogy receives a hero's biography from adoring Levin."—Publishers Weekly

"Oogy, the disfigured puppy rescued from a dog-fighting operation, has a story that's hard not to love. . . a compelling story that highlights the plight of dogs victimized by dog-fighting operations . . . a joy to read."—The Roanoke Times

"Oogy's story confirms what Dewey taught me years ago...that even a wounded animal tossed aside is capable of amazing joy if given love and respect by the human chosen to share life with them."—Vicki Myron, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

"An incredible story about an unforgettable dog. Get ready to make a very big place in your heart for OOGY. Because you're going to fall in love with this dog. And, this book."—Gary David Goldberg, creator of Family Ties and Brooklyn Bridge and author of Sit, Ubu, Sit

"What happens when one dog is used as bait to inspire another dog to kill? Nothing anyone with a conscience wants to imagine but it happened to Oogy, the puppy torn apart and left to die before being discovered by the police. This is a story about what can happen when the worst in people meets the best in people and the best wins. In spite of its subject, this is a gentle tale of one man's love for his dog and the angels along the way who brought Oogy into his life."—-Susan Richards, New York Times-bestselling author of Chosen by a Horse and Saddled

"At its heart, OOGY is a love story between a kind and generous man and an astonishing dog, reassuring in its affirmation that all the seemingly random pieces of life somehow belong together. This book is well worth spending time with."—Mary Nethery, co-author of the New York Times-bestselling Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle

"The story of Oogy proves that the human-canine bond doesn't depend on outward beauty. Oogy's love for the Levins, and theirs for him, will touch the heart of anyone who reads his story."—-Sharon Sakson, author of Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs

About the Author

Larry Levin and his family live in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. He is an attorney in solo practice. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for twenty-six years. Their sons, Noah and Dan, are eighteen. Oogy is eight.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing dog Nov. 25 2010
By Brenda Pink TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book is not particularly well written. It's not a book meant to be about the horrors of dog fighting. What it is, is a book written with love and respect for a dog that has made the world a better place, for all those who have met him. It's a story about a dog who's wonderful nature led to his horrific injuries. It's a story about a family who accepted this dog unconditionally. I think that in one way, the book's title is wrong because I love Oogy without ever having met him. And...I was left fully believing that I would be privileged to ever meet a dog like Oogy. Just as with people, this is a lesson in not judging a book by it's cover.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming to the core Jan. 30 2011
This book made me laugh, cry and everything else in between. It not only shows the dark side of humanity in damaging an innocent lift but on the flip side, it shows the amazing amount of love that peoPle are capable of in saving an innocent life. I am not an avid reader but I could not put this book down. Oogy is truly an amazing dog who has found an even more amazing family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of love, patience and persistence! Feb. 12 2012
I enjoyed the read about Oogy, a dog who had a traumatic and difficult start to life, and the family whose love helped him live the life he was meant to live. All the professinals who never gave up on Oogy, was a reminder of how it can take a community to love a dog. A beautiful story!
Charmaine Hammond
Author On Toby's Terms
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book Jan. 16 2014
By lyndie
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I love books about animals, so this book was a fantastic choice. I do recommend this book to everyone, you will not put it down until finished. You get to find out that animals don't have a choice with whom they reside with, some choices are extremely bad. The upside is most people are wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! Oct. 6 2013
By Amber
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Probably one of those most heartfelt book I've ever read. It brought tears to my eyes what this dog endured in his early years. It lets the reader into what having a pit bull is really like, what the breed is truly like. This dog is the face of the epidemic that is the horrific and unfortunate world of dog fighting. He is a survivor and a true kind sweet spirit. This is a must read for all animal lovers. Started yesterday I could not put it down until it was finished. It touches my heart there are people in this world that have been in this dogs life after he was rescued that did all they could do for this dog. People that were able to look past his breed, his short past in dog fighting as a 2 month old bait dog, and give this dog the life he deserved are just amazing people
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