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Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him

By Luis Carlos Montalvan

252 Pages

Montalvan takes us through his journey of becoming a U.S. Soldier, going to war, and coming home with disabilities. Struggling with PTSD and trying to find his way in the world again, he is paired with a specially trained service dog, Tuesday.   They learn to work together and form a bond like no other. Heart warming, inspirational and above all informational, providing an inside view of a variety of topics. How service dogs are trained, and what they can do. What is PTSD and how does it affect soldiers. The types of discrimination many soldiers with PTSD and service dogs face. Not mention an inside look at war. This is a hard book to put down, but then again you really shouldn’t.

5 out of 5 paws

Until Tuesday

Clara, the Early Years. The story of the pug who ruled my life.

By Margo Kaufman

308 pages

This is a must read for anyone who lives with/loves pugs. Think Sex and the City starring an adorable black pug. Co-starring an owner who chronicles life with two pugs who don’t get along while trying to adopt a child from overseas. This is a feel good book that also informs first time pug parents just exactly what they’re in for.

4 out of 5 paws.

By Jim Gorant

279 pages

Pit lover or not the nation was shocked by the actions of a star athlete and his dog fighting. Jim Gorant reports the grueling facts of the case that brought dog fighting to the nation’s spotlight. Told based on the facts with a creative prospective from the dogs this book is a must read. Keep the tissue close because the horror these dogs lived through (though some did not) will have tears welling in your eyes before you know it. A riveting read that grips your heart because under it all you know it’s a true story of the dark side of humans and the amazing forgiveness that animals give readily. But more than anything it answers the question, can a fighting dog truly be anything but just that?

“The most important legacy of the Vick dogs may be the idea that all dogs must be evaluated individually. Not as Vick dogs, or fighting dogs or pit bulls, but as Jasmine and Alf and Ziggy.”

5 out of 5 paws

 

Rescuing Sprite (A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish) by Mark R. Levin

216 pages

All politics aside, Mark Levin’s Rescuing Sprite is a tale all too familiar to animal lover’s every where. (I’ll admit it, I cried!) Written in a diary format, it chronicles the life, struggles, and ultimately death of an amazing little dog. Levin also holds no bars when it comes to voicing his emotions through it all. A very easy read as it is a small book, I would recommend that you borrow it from a friend. It only took me a few hours to read but moved me none the less.

3 out of 5 paws