Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Kate Kelly
Publisher: Kate Kelly
If you have a dog, generally you relate to him or her in a special way that no one else can understand, especially one who does not own a beloved canine. In Kate Kelly’s book, You Lucky Dog!, almost thirty uplifting stories recall the unbreakable bond between dogs and humans.
In this one hundred and twenty page paperback, the book is broken down into two sections: the first is fourteen stories dedicated to homeless dogs that survived and contributed to society in some interesting way and the second part has fifteen tales about dogs owned by some of the Presidents of the United States, especially while living at the White House. Each tome has its chapter beginning with a black and white photograph or rendition of the supposed dog discussed. Targeted toward dog lovers, the American stories are short, from two to six pages so can be read quickly, even out loud to young children to enjoy.
Author of over thirty-five non-fiction books, Kelly has complied stories that all generations can relate to about these loved pets. In the first half of the book, she tells of Bum, the mangled train-rider in California, Owney who was owned by the Post Office in Albany, New York and traveled as far away as Montreal, or other mail carriers, automobile passengers, and a few participants in the Civil War and World War I and II. Also mentioned are famous television and movie animals such as Toto, Benji, and Rin-Tin-Tin, listing upbringing, training and celebrity status. One tender story that stands out is about Shep, the faithful dog in Montana who kept a vigil for his deceased owner.
In the second half of the book, presidential dogs’ biographies from current to past include those owned by Obama, both Bush families, Reagan, Ford, Johnson, Eisenhower, both Roosevelts, Hoover, Coolidge, Harding, Hayes and Washington. It is interesting to read how puppies came to the White House, lived, sometimes with a myriad of other animals like raccoons, small bears, pigs, goats and a mockingbird, and grew old with their masters or outlived them.
Mentioning charities and resources along with the Humane Society and animal shelters, the stories promote that there are wonderful memories in the dogs we take care of and love even when they are homeless and abandoned. This book will warm the heart of any dog lover, wishing his or her pet could also grace its pages.
This book was furnished by the publicist for review purposes.
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