Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Books to read

Books that I'd like to read sometime in the near future...

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
By Laurence M. Levin
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 "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
By Jim Gorant
Expanding on his Sports Illustrated cover story, Gorant (Fanatic) offers a chilling investigation into Michael Vick' s dog-fighting operation and the men and women who brought him to justice and rehabilitated the rescued dogs. Gorant outlines the rise of Bad Newz Kennels, describing in sometimes painful detail the abuse, torture, and execution of the animals--particularly disturbing is an episode in which Vick and a friend swing a failed fighting dog over their heads like a jump rope and kill it by repeatedly slamming it into the ground--and tracing the rescue of dozens of pit bulls seized from Vick' s property. Gorant outlines the efforts to save these animals from euthanasia, challenging the negative public perceptions of pit bulls and reporting back on the status of dogs like Sox (now a certified therapy dog), Zippy (adopted by a family of five), and Iggy (still shy but growing comfortable with his adopted circle of friends). At a time when Vick has returned to professional football and much of the public outcry about Bad Newz Kennels has been forgotten, this book provides a stark reminder about the horror and prevalence of dog fighting.

Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories about Pit Bulls
By Kyla Duffy & Lowrey Mumford
Are Pit Bulls the vicious people-eaters the media portrays them to be? The stories submitted by loving families who have adopted and rehabilitated Pit Bulls in Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories about Pit Bulls will tell you they are a product of their environment. And, like any other dog, when treated with love and respect Pit Bulls are the most loyal, loving companions out there. This thought-provoking compilation,with introduction by acclaimed actress and animal advocate Linda Blair, shares the discrimination that Pit Bull owners face and the joy these dogs provide which makes it all worthwhile. A must-read for Pit Bull lovers and open-minded people who want to learn more about the breed. A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF PROCEEDS FROM EVERY SALE IS DONATED BACK TO PIT BULL RESCUE GROUPS.

Pit Bulls: Villains or Victims?
By Blair Boucher
Exposes crippling ignorance and the roots of sadistic human behavior behind pit bull driven hysteria. The violence, cruelty, and overall bizarre mythical guesswork aimed at these dogs have done nothing to foster safety in our communities. In fact, the results have been quite the opposite. Careful study shows the undeniable correlation between animal abuse and violence against humans, including child abuse, domestic violence, homicide, and violent sexual crimes. Yet, this criminal behavior is continuously eclipsed by the overzealous persecution of what is nothing more than a dog. Even though animal abuse is known to be a precursor of violence against humans, and despite the inherent injustice of animal abuse, as a society we continue wasting valuable time and putting lives in jeopardy by targeting breeds of dogs for annihilation rather than proactively focusing on the abusers of these animals. Undesired canine behavior can generally be predicted by examining an animal s environment and care (or lack thereof). This book demonstrates that, more often than not, so-called aggression or misbehavior attributed to any breed of dog can be traced back to either an innocent misunderstanding of canine behavior or the deliberate and nefarious misdeeds of their human handlers.

- Information and pictures taken off Amazon.

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