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  1. Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love
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  2. Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

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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 him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Some of the critics did mention how at the beginning, the book went very slowly...which it did.Oogy I then thought, "Why would someone write a story about a super dog and have it be so much of a sleeper?"

Oogy turned out to be the product of a dog fighting bunch that used him as a "Bait Dog" since he wouldn't fight and as a result he was terribly injured and the gang left him for dead. Happily, some very kind cops and animal health folks decided to take care of him.

The author and family had taken their old cat to the vet so she could be euthanized and in a serindipidy kind of setting passed Oogy being taken out for a walk. Oogy went nuts for the author and his twin boys and the rest is history, as they say.

The author's family discovered by accident that Oogy was in fact a Dogo Argintino, a breed developed in the 1920's for... Read more
Sappy dog-lover books have become quite popular ever since "Marley and Me" dominated both the best-seller list and the box office several years ago ... maybe it's because most of us have actually been "blessed" with a "Marley" or two in our lives. On the other hand, maybe it's because more recent news events have shined a light on the sinister world of man's cruelty to his supposed "best friend" that we are inundated with heartbreaking ASPCA commercials and books on canine redemption ("The Lost Dogs"). For me, the answer was neither; this book was purchased based solely on the cover ... Oogy himself. Seeing that droopy, lopsided, one-eared face staring at me seemed to offer an intriguing story that was too compelling to pass. Although I knew reading this book would likely be somewhat emotional, I just hoped that I wasn't setting myself up for a lingering bout of depression. Although the story is pretty rough in the beginning, it becomes fairly obvious toward the end of the book... Read more
This is a heartwarming story of a pit bull that the Levin family adopted. It also nicely weaves in the other story of twins they adopted when past the normal age of being adoptive parents. There are many comparisons between Oogy's adoption and the twins adoption, primarily, adjustment and belonging after what could be considered a rough start coming into the world. This is definitely true in Oogy's case, not so much in the twins.

Although this is a short, easy read (listen in my case, my first on my Christmas Kindle!), the book left me a little disappointed because <Spoiler follows> the climax of the story is how a Pit Bull ( a breed with a reputation for violence) could turn out so gentle, loving after being used as a bait dog for other fighter dogs. While, I believe Levin does a nice job of intertwining his family's story and Oogy's, Oogy's surgeries and health problems don't actually carry the book enough to solidly hold the reader's interest after learning about... Read more
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