by Larry Levin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/18/2011
I love used book sales! I scored $10 worth last weekend, which filled a shopping bag. Of course, they are mostly cat books, but a few doggie books made it in as well. One was about Oogy, skillfully written by Larry Levin. Most books about animals end with someone dying, and this was no exception...except this time it's in the beginning of the book, and it's about Buzzy, the family cat. As father and twin sons accompany their long-lived and loved cat to the veterinary clinic for that final goodbye, the boys are pounced upon by a small, white puppy. The puppy was recovering from a horrible injury. With all the twists and turns of a good spy novel, Larry Levin begins the tale of how the overwhelming love of his family brought Oogy into their lives.
I pretty much read this book cover to cover in one sitting; the story line drew me in and never let go! Oogy had been mauled by another dog, and he never outgrew his health problems, but he loved his humans and he loved the dog park. Branded as a Pit Bull, the Levine family dealt with the mistaken opinion from a lot of people that their dog was vicious. And yet, that was easy to overcome because Oogy did not care much for labels; he would make you his friend with his wagging tail and goofy looks (which include only one ear, and a misshapen jaw).
When the book is finished, Oogy is still very much alive, and the Levine twins are off to college. Such a fun read; I closed the book with a sigh and a smile on my face. But I had a twinge of unhappiness too, so the next day I did a quick internet search to discover that Oogy had passed away this March. And Oogy was not a Pit Bull; he was a breed called Dogo Argentino.
Okay, so now I've spoiled the ending, but I hope you'll find a copy of "Oogy, The Dog Only A Family Could Love", and read it because we all understand how our four-footed friends not only bring us love, but in the end they become our hearts.