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Dog Lost

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  589 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
You can't judge a dog by its cover: The heroic story of a sweet, loyal pit bull pup who defies expectations and her breed's bad reputation to save the day!

11-year-old Mackenzie has got one friend in the whole world: Cash, his brown-eyed pit bull. His dad won the runt after a long night of drinking and gambling--ever since Mac's mom died, that's all he seems to do, and soon
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by The Chicken House (first published January 7th 2008)
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Jes Jones While the characters are most likely fictional, the content that the story is based on -namely dog fighting and the misconceptions that harass the pit…moreWhile the characters are most likely fictional, the content that the story is based on -namely dog fighting and the misconceptions that harass the pit bull breed, as well as breed-specific legislation - are based on reality. (less)
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Nov 06, 2008 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, animals
The plot of Dog Lost reads like a list of clichés. Twelve-year-old Mackenzie is given a pit bull puppy by his alcoholic, abusive father, who then loses his temper with the animal and throws it out. The bewildered pup learns to live on the streets, brings a touch of magic to the lonely, falls foul of a dog-fighting ring and saves a few lives. Meanwhile, the council is voting on a motion to ban this dangerous breed from the borough...

Ingrid Lee's prose style, however, keeps the story fresh and eng
Oct 26, 2016 Calebc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading the book Dog Lost the author of this book is Ingrid Lee.The genre is realistic fiction.The main character is Mackenzie his life is okay but there is some ups and downs in his life.He mainly gets in trouble half the time or some stranger yells at him.The setting takes place in the house his school and downtown.My opinion of the book is that its a really good book so far i'm not sure about the rest of it.I give this book a four star rating because.The book is explaining about my life ...more
A.J. Llewellyn
Jun 28, 2010 A.J. Llewellyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 25, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and heartwarming story of love and loyalty. Too often in the news we hear that pit bulls are vicious and dangerous. What we don't hear often enough are the stories of their heroic behavior; how they've saved their owner from a burning house, protected their human from someone who was abusing them, or took a bullet that was meant for someone else. Having shared my life with a sweet pit bull named Beau, (who is my profile picture), I know that their love and loyalty has no bounds and their ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, pets-animals, juv
I'll admit, the cover reminded me of my dog, so I bought it. Overall, I think this was a very good book. Several important topics are brought up to the reader:
1. the somewhat blind fear that some individuals have toward
the pit bull breed;
2. the discriminatory laws that some towns/cities adopt that
ban or have the breed killed without provocation;
3. The arguments the breed's proponents have toward punishing
negligent or criminal owners instead of the breed;
4. the cruelty and harsh actions tha
Pamela Kramer
Jul 17, 2011 Pamela Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dog Lost is one of the best children's book I have ever read. And that's saying something as I have read hundreds and hundreds of middle aged children's fiction.

In Dog Lost, Ingrid Lee manages to weave a complex tale which has a dog and a young boy, his love, at the center. There are other important characters and all the characters are fully developed in terms of what is needed by the story. And it's quite a story.

A boy who lives with an abusive father gets a gift of a dog that the father wins
Hunter C
Oct 26, 2016 Hunter C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Amber Thomas
Jan 29, 2016 Amber Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book dog lost is about a dog named cash and boy named Mackenzie. Both of them face the world and have fun until Makenzies dad tossed cash out into the woods. Cash need to learn how to survive in the woods and Makenzie tries to find cash. They both face obstacles along the way. You need to read the story to learn more
Ana Miriam
It's a book about a misunderstood pit bull, and if you're a dog lover, it is an easy read, you can relate to.
Eliza DuBose
Mar 14, 2017 Eliza DuBose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-books
I read this book with my sister when I was nine or so. I've loved it ever since. It's one of the few books I've ever been able to read more than once. Sweet message, good characters, and it all that happens through out the book ties together so well in the end. Highly recommended.
Oct 05, 2016 Carina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seventh-grade, sweet
It was a pretty sweet book; one I'll recommend to my animal-loving friends!
Jes Jones
Apr 19, 2015 Jes Jones rated it liked it
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Sep 15, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I just read Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee. This book is almost a five star. But, this possibly be a five star for you. I will explain why I give this a four star later on. Over all, this book has been sad, happy, fearful, and even angry. All the emotions are expressed clearly, as if you are that person. I like when the book is in first person, but this book was the narrator explaining, so that kind of threw me off. Would've liked it much more if it was written in first person point of view. I loved th
Jun 29, 2015 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-read
This book is geared towards young people, but like so many of these books, it should be read as many people as possible.
It is most certainly feel-good book but it does have a lot of rough spots that are true and necessary to the story. I loved it!
That said, it's time for more than one reality check;

I am sorry but pitts , in general, are just too dangerous. It is not the fault of the dogs, Lord knows. Is the fault of those who breed them. If you look at an advertisement from a breeder it always d
Meghan Mcmanis
Dog Lost was a great story about a young boy named Mackenzie and his faithful companion Cash. One day his dad comes into his room and puts a dog on his bed, its a pit bull. Mackenzie names him Cash and they become best friends, Mack tells Cash everything, about his mom dying, trouble at school, his half brother, and so much more. Mackenzie's father unfortunately is an alcoholic and doesnt treat Mack and his half brother Kid with much respect. Kid is always out late and doesnt get along with thei ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 8-12 year olds who are obsessed with dogs.
Recommended to Kim by: My daughter
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Cole Manning
May 03, 2013 Cole Manning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Dog Lost is a great book about a pitbull named Cash, who goes through some hard times. Mack's dad won the dog while he was playing poker and gave her to Mack. At first Mack and Cash did not know what to think of eachother that night but began to love eachother from the start. Mack's dad did not really like the dog in the first place, so when the dog did something bad he wanted to kill her.

Mack could not go anywhere with out getting yelled at. The first time Mack and Cash went to the par
Daquane Brown
Apr 25, 2012 Daquane Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book I come to realize how precious a dog can be to a child. Reading this book I also realized how parents can change a lot, such as Mackenzie's father changing his habits when his mother passed away, and also when his father got the dog for him, it seem nice at first until he wanted the done gone. I mean how can you possibly show love to your child by getting him a pet that you won off of a gamble, so it's not like it was intentional for him to get the pit bull for his son. ...more
Mary Jherene
Oct 21, 2012 Mary Jherene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read is called "Dog Lost" by Ingrid Lee. The reason why I chose this book is because when i read the summary, it was fantastic. The plot of this story is Will Cash ever find her boy again? Cash does find her owner when they were saving her from drowning. My favorite quote is, "Cash, come here, Cash. There's a good girl. I love you, Cash." The reason why I liked this quote is because it shows how much Cash's owner loves her. I think the author's writing style is amazing because the aut ...more
Abby Evangelisto
The most bittersweet book I've ever read. The hatred and cruelty toward both the people and animals is difficult to read, but there is always a hidden undercurrent of hope during even the darkest of circumstances. The heroic actions of Cash the pit bull, the kindness of Abbey the cancer patient, the determination of Mackenzie to find his dog, and the sad situation of the dog-fighter's nephew combine to create a wonderful novel. It's so great how the whole cast comes together at the seemingly hop ...more
E. Adrian
Spoilers: Ok, this is a difficult review to write. While I think Lee conveyed the dog and his boy's relationship beautifully I couldn't get through more than half the book. Maybe I'm just sensitive because I own two rescues (one is a pit bull), but when the dad kicks the dog and throws it in the trunk and dumps it in the forest, I couldn't handle it. So I took a break from the book for a few days. Then when I tried to continue reading, I got to the part where those boys want to steal the dog to ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Tami rated it really liked it
Mackenzie and Cash were the best of friends. Mackenzie’s Dad had brought the little runt home for the boy. From that moment on the two were inseparable.

People in the neighborhood were afraid of Cash. Even though he was gentle and smart, everyone just saw that he was a pit bull. In fact, the city was in the process of banning pit bulls saying that they were unsuitable as pets and dangerous.

One day, Mackenzie’s Dad did the unthinkable. He took Cash away and just dumped him. Mackenzie was devasta
Kath Ann
A touching story about the love between 11 year old Makenzie and Cash, the pit bull puppy his dad wins in a gambling bet. It covers subjects such as neglect, alcoholism, animal cruelty and a timely fear of certain breeds of dogs. Graphic in some places, endearing, sad, but ultimately it has much redeeming value and a happy ending. The author portrays most things realistically (except perhaps the relationship between a stray tom cat and a dog!). Even though those things might be a bit hard to re ...more
Emma Bauer
Sep 20, 2015 Emma Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Arendt
May 17, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, adventure
I didn't think I would like this story because I thought the dog would not fare well. Pit bulls have long been considered dangerous dogs because they are used for fighting. The town in the story considered banning pit bulls. A boy named MacKenzie gets a pit bull that his abusive father won in a poker game. Mackenzie loves the dog, but when the dog bites the dad, the dad gets rid of the dog in a fit of anger. The dog learns to survive on his own and even manages to make a difference in others' li ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Riley rated it it was amazing
I am reading Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee, Mckenzie is a little boy who has a gambling dad who is always drunk. Mckenzie's dad throws a wet and cold bundle on the bed. Mckenzie finally has the courage to investigate what it is. Mckenzie finds 4 little legs, 1 tail, and 2 ears. Mckenzie names her Cash. The setting takes place in a city. Mckenzie's dad decides Cash is to much money to keep and throws her out. Cash has to fend for herself and find her way around the city. Cash is willing to do anything t ...more
A quick message from my 10-11 year old self:

DO NOT READ DOG LOST!!!!!!!!! No offence to Ingrid Lee, but this book is terrible. This kid gets a dog, and this dog gets lost (SO ORIGINAL). The kid can't try to find him, because his parents won't let him... and then he finds him years later without trying to! I feel like it is just a waste of time to read.
*starts twitching* oh my... what's with the caps lock?

All I really have to say is, well, I realllllly didn't like this book, and if my younger
Jenny Christen
Sep 09, 2012 Jenny Christen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dog Lost discusses a story about an 11-year old's tough life, with an abusive father and a new pit bull puppy that he receives while a pit bull ban is about to take place in his city.

I think this book would be for older ages of students, such as 6th grade and above since it discusses abuse of a child from his father and is filled with emotions that younger students wouldn't understand. This book appealed to me because I not only love dogs, but it sounded like it had a plot that might be suspense
Amber Ashleigh Hudson

This book was very inspirational, though small it was brilliant, had a great storyline and I couldn't put it down, myself living in the uk and loving dogs made me intrigued to read this book, this book proves how us, humans are blaming the wrong side of the lead, this book brought out a lot of emotions, I laughed and cried, and so did the librarian!, she recommended it to me!
- I recommend this book if you love dogs or just looking for a good read, even if you don't like dogs I
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Ingrid grew up in East York, and then moved to a northern Toronto suburb. As a young girl, she was very quiet, and she loved to read. She wanted to be like her hero, Madame Curie, so she studied very hard when she wasn't reading.

When she grew up, Ingrid became a teacher. She taught classes and designed curriculum plans for the Board of Education. While she wrote lesson plans and watched her own ch
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