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Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog

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When Owen met Haatchi, the lives of one adorable little boy and one great, big dog were destined to change forever.

Owen—known to his family as “little buddy” or “Little B”—has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends.

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Colleen Drummond
Being part of the story I admit to being rather bias with my rating. Having read most of the reviews I was concerned to see several people stating they would have liked to have seen pictures. I can only assume that if you received a free copy it came without them as I can assure you there are definitely pictures in it as I took most of them!!!!!!! The Kindle edition also has the pictures at the very end so it is important to scroll through the acknowledgement in order to reach them. Our goal fro ...more
Carol  MacInnis
I won this book from a contest on Goodreads.

A defenseless five month old Anatolian Shepherd had been clubbed over his head into unconsciousness and was tied to railroad tracks to end it's life. But, by a miracle of God, this amber eyed puppy was found and taken to RSPCA's Harmsworth Memorial Animal Hospital. Hid tail and left rear paw were mangled and the vet removed both the tail and the whole leg. Even with the immense cruelty this young pup had endured by a human, he was happy to greet any an
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Natalija
Some people here do claim of too many details or lack of details, flat style of writing etc.
I would agree on the fact that the language (although my English is not my native, but still I can differentiate ;) )could be more interesting and the sentences not so simple, BUT.
I would really state that this book -and maybe it's just a period in my life and mind it fitted very well to right now - is one of the best STORIES I have ever read.
How little do we have stories about those dogs, rescued from sh
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Katie

I was really excited to win this book on Goodreads Giveaways. I did like this book, but I had higher expectations for it. I did enjoy reading the story, and I appreciate the difficulties of writing about animals, but I think the narrative style fell flat for me.

One reviewer on Goodreads faulted the book for having too much detail. I fault it for not having enough (I guess you can't please everyone). For me, the book lacked imagery and I felt Holden was simply "telling"the story instead of "showi
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Lori
I was a goodreads firstreads winner of this wonderful heartwarming book. If you love dogs and kids this is a perfect match. Get ready to have a hanky on hand. Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd was abandoned on a train rail track. he was beaten by a cruel "sub human" and left to die. he was hit by the train and it destroyed his back leg and tail. he was only five months old. He was rescued. had surgery that removed his back leg and tail. He was named Haatchi in honor of another dog who made history ...more
Christine
I really enjoyed this book about sweet Owen, who has a rare genetic disease, and his dog Haatchi. These two overcame many odds to be together, and it was great to read about how they found each other. Owen and Haatchi had many struggles, but they worked through them and are a great team.


The only small problem that I had with this book was that it could be a bit choppy at times, and at others it seemed to ramble on a bit. Even so, I appreciated that there were so many important pieces to this st
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Kristy
I received an advanced copy of this book from First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

This book was very powerful for me. I have an intense love for my dogs and think of them as my furbabies. In addition, I have a stepdaughter who is special needs so I understand things from Colleen's point of view.

That being said, the author does a wonderful job laying the story out for Haatchi & Little B's meeting with fate and their inspiring friendship. This book will make you feel a variety of emot
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Bruno

Dou 5* pelos hérois e super especiais Haatchi e Owen, mas pelo livro dou 3* porque é mais documentário do que romance.
Donna
"Those who said money can't buy happiness, forgot about puppies."

I loved this book. It was a tenderhearted story for being non-fiction. Sometimes when the stars align and all the pieces fall into place, it is beautiful. That is how this sweet little story felt. This friendship between dog and boy was heartwarming and not only brought out the best in themselves but it also brought out the best in those around them and even beyond.

Sometimes we have to roll up our sleeves and get to work because w
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June Churchill
Very touching story, I hope to be continued.
Mary
Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog is such an incredible story of love, devotion, courage, sacrifice, healing, and forgiveness. It's an inspiring true story of heroic people that refuse to be defeated by the inhumane cruelty of man, about those willing to go the extra mile and a half to save a soulful Anatolian Shepherd, found dying on a railway track and facing certain death. Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog is a magica ...more
Wendy
One of the most inspiring and heartwarming novels of 2014 is "Haatchi and Little B" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways. It begins in 2010 in London, England when a severely injured five month old Anatolian Shepherd tied to tracks on a railway line is rescued. In critical condition after the amputation of a hind leg and part of his tail, this young survivor named Haatchi, the namesake of a loyal and steadfast Japanese dog, faces being put to sleep if foster care cannot be found. With the help ...more
Nancy
I won this inspiring book through First Reads. I like many I'm sure never heard of Schwartz-Jampel syndrome. This book will help get the word out about this rare syndrome. I felt so much for this family while reading about their struggles and was cheering them on through their triumphs. The bond of Owen and Haatchi was so heartwarming. I have worked in nursing homes that had let animals visit the residents there. I have seen the reactions the residents have when they have contact with them. The ...more
Ellen
The true story of an English boy born with Schwartz-Jampel Snydrome and a rescued 3-legged Anatolian Shepherd and how the two of them and their family face the challenges with joy, hope and love. Good story. Now i have to go and hug my dogs and son.
Sara
I received this book free through Goodreads first reads for an honest review.

Wow, what an inspirational book. What both Haatchi and Little B have been through so far in their lives and are still happy. Haatchi got hit by a train and ends up losing one of his back leg and most of his tail and Little B has an extremely rare genetic disorder which causes his muscles to permanently tense. This book is about their very special bond.
Little B was very shy and kept to himself until Haatchi came into hi
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Lillian
Thank you Goodreads for the opportunity to win an advanced copy of this book. I was drawn to the story immediately because I absolutely love dogs and I also have a great empathy for children with disabilities and their families.I found this book to be both heart wrenching and heart warming, inspirational in many ways,informative in a medical sense and an overall very genuine with it's insights into this special boy/dog/family dynamic . It really is a true life story that merits being shared with ...more
Gayle Line
My advance copy of this book was obtained through First Reads.

One might think the story of a three legged dog and a physically handicapped boy might be treacly. Or even depressing. I did not find it so. It was an enjoyable story and a pleasant read. Ultimately I found it uplifting. Despite the cruelty of whoever first hurt Haatchi as a pup, the book showcases the goodness of the people and organizations who rally around Owen (Little Buddy or Little B) and his huge Anatolian Shepherd. The resilie
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Deena Mayhew
I love animals and especially dogs for their unconditional love and loyalty. The true story of Haatchi and Little B was very heart-warming in that both received back even more than they gave in love, companionship and inspiration. The story is really about a family - no a community - of people that give their best to make the world - especially in the world around them - a better place. I sincerely hope that the story of Haatchi & Little B continues on and on as they both achieve good health ...more
Skye
Mar 25, 2015 Skye rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Haatchi* & Little B: The inspiring true story of one boy and his dog, by Wendy Holden (St. Martin’s Press, 2014, 216 pages, $22.99)

Big Dog, Little Boy, Big Hearts

Little B, a little boy with an eternal smile due to crinkly eyes and a pouty mouth due to a rare genetic syndrome**, will steal your heart away. Haatchi, the Anatolian Shepherd pup who lost a leg plus his tail to a train but never lost his spirit of forgiveness and love, will also steal your heart. The dog is as big as the boy (see
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Louise
ISBN: 9780552170314
Haatchi and Little B tells the inspiring and moving true story of Owen Howkins (also known as Little B, short for 'Buddy') and Haatchi, an Anatolian shepherd dog who was abandoned on a railway line as a puppy and left for dead.
Thankfully, Haatchi was rescued, despite sustaining severe injuries. And so Haatchi, in turn, was able to rescue Owen, at the time an anxious and withdrawn boy born with a rare genetic disorder, who found it hard to make friends. But Owen fell in love w
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Daniel L.
A Boy and His Dog, Both with Disabilities, Share Their Boundless Love

He remembered the deafening roar of the train as it rumbled over him. Left for dead, an abandoned dog whimpered in the chilly night air. Fortunately, a kind-hearted rail supervisor spotted him and alerted the local animal welfare authorities. A series of veterinarians, nurses, animal shelter personnel, and animal advocates did everything they could to restore normalcy in his life. Everyone who met this dog was taken in by his
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Filipe Dias
Este livro tem logo à partida uma capa que cativa... Depois a sinopse demonstra uma bonita história de um menino e um cão com características particulares.
Haatchi é um Pastor-da-Anató lia que, por alguma razão, foi amarrado a uma linha de caminho de ferro e deixado para morrer. Por um milagre, não foi morto por um comboio, mas ficou gravemente ferido, sem uma pata traseira e sem a cauda. Foi resgatado, mas nada se podia fazer por ele, a não ser as tentativas de adaptação ao novo estado.
Owen, um
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Mary
Haatchi was a puppy abandoned on a railroad track, losing his hind leg after a train ran over him. Owen was a little boy with a rare genetic disorder that caused his own muscles to tighten to the point of crippling him. This is the remarkable story of each of them, and how they came together to help each other heal and grow. This nonfiction account by Wendy Holden takes readers through their incredible journey of love.

One wonders who could be so cruel as to leave a helpless puppy alone on a ra
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Vegantrav
Inspirational books are not my normal fare, but this book just grabbed my attention and cried out for me to read it. The cover, showing a huge Anatolian Shepherd standing next to a small boy, caught my eye, and when I read the summary on the dust jacket, I almost started weeping in the middle of the bookstore. It's an incredibly moving story, and if you can get through this book without breaking down and crying at least once, you probably need to see a psychiatrist.

Haatchi and Little B is the st
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Jennifer
While not specifically designated as YA, Haatchi and Little B (based on a true story) could definitely fit into that category as many teenagers would love this story of a boy and his dog. For adult readers, the book speaks to new relationships and acceptance, of being a parent, and of being courageous. It takes a lot for a book to be accessible to such a wide range of readers, but that is where this book finds its success.

Haatchi is an Anatolian Shepherd who was hit over the hit and left for dea
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Victoria
This is a fast-paced and moving read about a remarkable Anatolian Shepherd rescued from a train depot after being beaten and run over and the boy who loves him best, Owen, who suffers from a rare muscular condition, Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome. Holden writes clearly letting the story unfold in a straightforward manner. The impact and power that this family has displayed in fundraising not only for their own needs, but for other charities as well is impressive. Holden pays the thanks of the many key ...more
Mimi Fintel
This book tells the true story of one remarkable little boy and one amazing dog. The beginning of this book is a little hard to read as it details the terrible injuries suffered by Haatchi, a Anatolian Shepherd when he was a 5 month old puppy. Because of his injuries, likely done on purpose, the poor dog lost his tail and one of his hind legs. When he was well enough to be adopted he was adopted by a woman dating a man whose son was born with a rare genetic disorder. Haatchi is the dog and Owen ...more
Alexandra
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads.

What a heart-tugging novel. The idea that so many have been helped from one pup and one special kid is an amazing story to hear in great detail and I liked that the author spared no extra word unsaid.
The bravery and strength of the whole family is encouraging and shining a light on this rare disease and animal cruelty with one fell swoop but with such admired zest from all really keep the tone uplifting and positive.

We should all be so blessed.
Joanne
I received "Haatchi & Little b" as a Goodreads First-reads giveaway winner. I am a dog lover & adore children, but neither was necessary to my enjoyment of this book. I was sucked in from the very first page. In 200 quickly-read pages, I experienced so many emotions, which constitutes a good read for me. It's a story about human kind - the worst, but more importantly, the very best. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I cannot imagine anyone reading the story wthout being "moved."
bjneary
A great nonfiction read about a dog who was cruelly beaten and chained to railroad tracks and run over. He is rescued and as a five month old Anatolian Shepherd is able to survive the trauma of losing a back leg and tail and saving Owen’s (Little B) life. Haatchi is such a wonderful dog, he changes many who come in contact with him. This is a compelling, inspiring read. Highly recommended.
Quotes I loved in this book
p. 98 "There is something about Haatchi that makes people do wonderful things," C
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Wendy Holden, also known as Taylor Holden, is an experienced author and novelist with more than thirty books already published, including two novels. She has had numerous works transferred to radio and television.

A journalist for eighteen years, ten on the Daily Telegraph of London, her first novel THE SENSE OF PAPER was published by Random House, New York, in 2006 to widespread critical acclaim.
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