The Dog Only a Family Could Love

By Larry Levin; Joe Barrett (Read by)
(Grand Central Publishing, Compact Disc, 9781611139266)

Publication Date: October 18, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2010 Indie Next List
“Yes, there have been a lot of dog memoirs lately, but there are several reasons why Oogy stands out from the pack. First, because Oogy is no ordinary dog story. As a puppy he was used as bait for fighting dogs, mangled, and left in a cage to die, but Oogy's good nature led him to be saved against the odds. Second, because the story is as much about the author and his family as it is about the dog, it offers fascinating insights into the human-animal bond and the way that rescue is as enriching to the rescuer as it is to the animal being rescued. Oogy is a heartening story and a terrific read.”
-- Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List


The New York Times-bestselling 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.

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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