One book that I am in love with right now is called Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin. Oogy’s story is not only one of inspiration and rescue but of the love that we have for our pets and how they become a part of our families and our lives.
Oogy’s first few months in life are horrible. He had been used as a bait dog in a dog-fighting ring and was left for dead after an attack. Oogy’s face had been ripped part. He was missing his left ear and half of the left side of his jaw. Police found him in a puddle of his own blood. But this incredible creature survived and was brought to an animal hospital after being found by police after a raid on the dog-fighting ring. After extensive surgery and the love and care of the amazing hospital staff, Oogy was ready for adoption.
Enter Larry Levin and his twelve-year-old twins, Dan and Noah, who were bringing their dying cat into the hospital to be put to sleep. Oogy was being taken out for a walk at the same time that the Levins were at the hospital and Oogy decided to out run his caretaker and made a beeline for Larry and the boys. One might think that Oogy was going to attack and bite by the way he took off but Oogy had other plans for his attack on the Levins. He drenched them with kisses instead. That sealed his fate and Oogy was to become a part of the Levin family where he soon became dubbed the “Third Twin.”
As I read Oogy’s story, I thought about the journey I have taken so far with my dog Landon. I found myself giggling at Oogy’s antics as I could relate based on some of the things Landon has done. I got angry when the extents of Oogy’s injuries were described because I cannot fathom how anyone could harm an animal on purpose for any reason. Landon doesn’t have physically injuries but there are emotional ones that have to be dealt with daily. Like his anxiety and fear of men. I “awww”ed out loud when Oogy’s sweet natured was discovered by a neighbour of the Levins, who was so scared of Oogy that she stopped jogging by their house. The neighbour eventually embraced Oogy and was no longer scared.
This book has fast become one of my favourites. It speaks to the dog owner in me as well as the animal lover. With all the sad, hopeless stories of animal abuse that have ended horrifically, Oogy’s is a story that has restored some of my faith in humanity. It has reminded me that there are still good people in the world.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants a quick, inspirational read that will make you feel great. I know it made my day.
Teresa is an avid reader and writer as well as animal advocate. She graduated from MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional Writing in December 2011. In addition to writing, Teresa loves all kinds of music and dance and is a member of TriDevi Tribal an American Tribal Style belly dance troupe based in Edmonton Alberta.