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Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family--and a Whole Town--About Hope and Happy Endings

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Huck is a page-turning, unforgettable true story of the tenacity of one small dog, the unexpected, extraordinary kindness of strangers, and a family’s devotion to each other.
Michael was four when his relentless campaign for a dog began. At seven he made a PowerPoint presentation, “My Dog,” with headings like “A Childhood Without a Dog is a Sad Thing.” His parents, Janet
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Broadway Books (first published September 28th 2010)
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Mar 12, 2012 Vonette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love dogs, and I have previously enjoyed books about animals -- especially true stories like this one. So, I was expecting an enjoyable read. However, the book was only OK at best--and at times even a little annoying. The author clearly does not see life from the perspective of the average, not-from-New-York-City person. It gets irritating at times how amazed she is by the way ordinary people live and act outside the city.

"Huck" might have made a decent short story, but the author has padded
Jan 30, 2011 Heidi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a drawing here at Good Reads. When I won, they asked me to make sure to review the book on Good Reads but they may change their mind.
I hate to say it had to be one of the worst books I have ever read. I hated the condescending attitude of the author to all things not in New York City - as if the rest of the country was just set up as a theme park for New Yorkers to visit where everything is wonderful, time goes slowly and no one has any cares. Believe me - non-New Yorkers do
Aug 03, 2011 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book, if for no other reason, then I loved the cover picture which so reminded me of Dublin. But unfortunately, I couldn't. So many reasons why. First, the author Janet Elder is writes for the NY Times. Which would lead you to believe that she is a good writer. She may be a good "reporter" but writer, no. I found the writing tedious. Very laborious. Really do I need to know every whine your son makes and every back story of how each couple who offered to help you met. Plus, ...more
Sep 16, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I put off reading this book for a long-time because I wasn't sure my heart could take a bad ending for a family and their pet. I wish I hadn't waited - this book was wonderful and not quite what I expected.

The story begins as a family's young son lobbies heavily to have a dog for a pet. Eventually his parents relent. They make the decision to get a dog in the wake of the mother's breast cancer diagnosis, reasoning that if she does not survive then her son will have someone around to comfort him.
Nov 21, 2010 Judywi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat disappointing. The dog on the cover is adorable, and if you are any kind of animal person at all it is a hard book to resist reading, based on that alone. However, the writing and story were so-so at best. After the author and her family completely give their hearts to a new puppy in their life, they leave "Huck" with relatives in New Jersey while they take a vacation. Sadly, the dog runs away, and the family cuts short their trip to mount a full-scale search campaign for the missing do ...more
Jul 20, 2010 Jelder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wrote HUCK to share with readers a remarkable true story about a lost puppy, a family's devotion to each other, and the unexpected kindness of strangers. The advance praise from Jon Katz, Caroline Kennedy, and others has been wonderful. So too have been the reviwes from people like Jen,a mother in Pennsylvania who read an advance copy of HUCK. She had long grown cynnical about people but said that reading HUCK had restored her faith. I felt happy, sad, excited, and scared reading this book, of ...more
Pat Buzby
David Letterman did two segments with this author so I got the book expecting something more of an Edgar Sawteel story but this very short vanity book was a little disappointing. Reading the credits made me realize that Janet Elder and Regina Lasko Letterman are friends, thus the good plug on national television. It was quick, cute renewal of faith in the kindness of strangers but not much more.
Apr 22, 2017 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just look at that cute little puppy face. Oh, Huck.

The first thing that Huck taught me is that toy poodles don't have to have that hideous hair style exposing their shaved body. No, the same animal can be covered in woolly fuzz and be as cute as a button! Lesson learned. I can like poodles now.

To jump right into it, one issue that some people may stumble over when reading the book is that the author's writing style is just a bit different than other non-fiction stories, somewhat jarring. To clar
Feb 25, 2017 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to on CD.
Heart warming story of a lost dog, a family and kind strangers that come together to find the dog. Was well written, however it did slow down in some spots, but the payoff at the end was worth it.
Brandy Bacala
Ok, I'll admit it...I totally bought this book because of the cute puppy on the cover. Huck's scruffy little face and the words "remarkable true story" had me falling hook, line and sinker. But the front cover is probably the best part of this book, and I was really disappointed by the time I finished Huck.

It's a simple story about a dog that gets out the fence and the days after in which the family puts up lost dog signs. The author includes a lot of unnecessary detail about every person she ta
Marissa Dobson
Huck is an interesting story about a families search for their missing dog. I don't know about you, but I am a huge dog lover. I have three wonderful dogs and if one of them was missing I would search until I find them. So Huck hit home for me. I couldn't picture going through what this family went through, but they never gave up hope of finding their dog which is amazing.

Michael is eleven years old, and for his whole life he has wanted nothing but a dog. He feels that dog will be his best frie
Aug 31, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-rescue, dogs
Janet Elder's memoir, "Huck," is a delightful story of love and courage.

Elder's son, Michael, lobbies heavily to have a dog for a pet for several years until his parents relent. They make the decision to get a dog in the wake of Elder's breast cancer diagnosis, reasoning that if she does not survive then her son will have someone around to comfort him.

Elder, of course, survives. However, in the meanwhile she and her family have fallen madly in love with Huck, the red toy poodle they purchase fo
Jul 06, 2011 Lisse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel the better story here would've been focusing on a woman and her family overcoming cancer, not the short loss of their dog. Huck is a cute little dog who gets lost while his family is on vacation, and while it's great how many people come out of a small town to help this family find their dog, it doesn't seem any kind of overwhelmingly new or out-of-the-ordinary to me. As my mom said, what she found extraordinary was not how people came to help this family, but how odd this NY family found ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Elhara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this tale and finished it quickly.
Upon reading what others thought I began to agree with many reviewer's criticisms. There was a lot of time spent describing people, events etc that hadn't much importance. I suppose that may have seemed like padding. Some reviewr's didn't appreciate the whole story revolving around a dog hunt.
But upon giving it some thought I am sticking with my rating. It is a true story and it read like one. I don't think the aurhor, Janet Elder, padded the s
Feb 27, 2011 Robi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a very short book, a quick read, charming as might be expected about any book about an adorable little dog that's lost. However, as short as the book was, it could have been even shorter without some of the details added in to "plush" it out. For instance, the explanation of hanging up flyers was something to the effect "I held the flyer with my left hand, took a nail and hammered it in with my right hand." She could have said "I hung up the flyers" and we all could have pictured how it w ...more
Ronald Roseborough
Huck is not just a story about a lost dog. It is a book about surmounting the odds, winning in the face of adversity, and not giving up. It's about finding strength in yourself and those around you. A boy who won't give up on his dream to find his dog. A mother who won't give in after being diagnosed with breast cancer. A man who will not give up on his love and faith in both his son and his wife, no matter the tragedies they face. It's about tears, pain, and great joy. It's about the love a fam ...more
Richard Finkelstein
I found Huck to be an extraordinarily moving and beautifully written work. It both lives up to its subtitle, while at the same time providing a good old fashion tale of suspense, excitement and hope. It was a great read from start to finish, and it reassures you that all those anonymous people you pass in the street everyday are probably very good people and good samaritans willing to extend themselves and lend a helping hand.
Jul 22, 2011 Malia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog
Heart warming always a treat to read good pet stories.
Oct 05, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story of a lost dog and the lengths his good people went to in order to find him.
Eva Leger
3.5 - Huck is your average dog story. I haven't read Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World yet although I've had it since it's been out but if I'm right in assuming what Dewey will be like I think these two books will end up being very close.
Janet Elder seems like a nice women and I kept wondering why her and her husband were so adamant against getting a dog in the beginning. I get the whole New York City, small apartment thing but people can do anything once they put their mi

Janet and Rich Elder’s son, Micheal, had been begging for a dog since he was four. Their busy jobs and hectic New York City lifestyle prevented them from caving for years. When Janet discovers she has breast cancer, though, she decides that 11 year old Michael should finally have his dog to help cope with the illness and the stresses it would bring. Huck, a toy poodle puppy comes home and steals their hearts away.Shortly after his arrival, the family goes on a vacation to Florida and they,
Sophie Kihm

Search for the Trouble-making Dog

Have you ever wanted a dog? That is exactly what Michael wants. His parents, Janet and Rich have always said no. After Janet gets breast cancer, they decide to get Michael a toy poodle. They decide on a scruffy red puppy, Huck. When they decide to go on vacation, they leave Huck with Janet’s sister in New Jersey. He escapes out the back, and the whole town goes looking for him. Huck by Janet Elder is a fabulous memoir about the search for her dog. The three
Amanda Morgan
Another story by another journalist about their undeniably fabulous dog. That was my initial thought when I picked up this book.
I soon realized I was a bit off in my estimation of “Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family—and a Whole Town —About Hope and Happy Endings.”
This story really is less about how fabulous the red-colored toy poodle named Huck is, and more focused on how fabulous the small New Jersey townspeople are when Huck goes missing.
Janet and Rich E
Huck is about a family’s devotion to their loving dog. Soon after finishing treatment for breast cancer, Janet Elder, a senior editor at The New York Times, and her husband decide to finally get their son, Michael, the dog he’d been begging for for years. The prospect of looking forward to a dog seemed like a nice distraction from Janet’s illness. A few months after getting Huck, the family sets out on a much-needed vacation to Tampa, Florida, while Huck stays with Janet’s sister in New Jersey. ...more
Jill Tool
Oct 15, 2015 Jill Tool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-reading
There's no doubt this book earned a 5 stars!

Janet Elder's son Michael wanted a dog since he was little. Her and her husband Rich, kept pondering on the idea and then they would say, well...the times not right, we're to busy, Michael isn't old enough to take on that kind of responsibility, there was other excuses they came up with. Then one day seven year old Michael presented his parents with a power point presentation on 'My Dog' and why not having a dog is a sad thing, and then he explained w
Nov 30, 2014 Kate11 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 08, 2011 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando Janet, o marido e o filho vão de férias, depois de atravessarem uma fase conturbada das suas vidas, decidem deixar o seu cãozinho Huck ao cuidado da família de Barbara, a irmã de Janet. Contudo, no segundo dia de férias recebem uma chamada a informar que Huck aproveitou uma distracção e fugiu de casa. Os donos decidem assim voltar e procurá-lo incessantemente, mas a missão não se apresenta simples.

Gostei da estória por falar de dois temas interessantes, o cancro e a perda de um animal de
Mar 12, 2014 Sandie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Living in New York City, the last thing Janet Elder and her husband would consider was getting a dog. It wouldn't be fair to the animal as their hectic lives just wouldn't work for a dog. But it was their son, Michael's, biggest desire. He asked for a dog every birthday and every Christmas and talked about having one incessantly. As much as they loved Michael, they just couldn't budge on their decision.

Then came the news every women dreads. Janet was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she knew s
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Laura de Leon
May 13, 2010 Laura de Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Janet's story. It's a very sweet story about a puppy, but even more, it is a story about people.

Janet has no intention of getting a dog for her son, in spite of frequent requests from the time he is old enough to phrase the question.

The first chapters deal with why Janet feels the why she does about Michael having a dog-- her love for animals that influenced him from when he was young; her history with beloved family dogs; and (most of all) the problems with a dog in a New York apartme
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