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Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,427 ratings  ·  355 reviews
In Rescuing Sprite, Mark Levin tells of the joy and anguish of life with a rescue dog: the intimate and powerful story of his family and the dog they have for too short a time.

Although Mark Levin is known as a constitutional lawyer and a nationally syndicated broadcaster, he is, first and foremost, a dog lover. In 1998, he and his family welcomed a half-Border Collie/half-
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Gallery Books (first published 2007)
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Sharron
I wish I could give this just 1/2 a star because it was that bad. The book was just a promotional piece for the author. I can't tell you how many times he mentioned the other book he had written and his radio talk show. I do appreciate the fact he gave this dog a home, or rather is wife did, since I have rescue dogs myself. But the writing was bad, the tone morbid, and the self-promotion unappreciated. Plus he really lost me once he mentioned he was close friends with Sean Hannity and Rush Limba ...more
Naomi
Mar 31, 2008 Naomi rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Having just gone through the experience of adopting an older dog and losing him, I was very interested in reading this title. But this author was a TERRIBLE writer. If he's a radio personality, he should stick with it. I understand his desire to tell the story of adopting and losing his dog, but - wow - this is some awful writing.

I barely made it through to the end, and couldn't wait to get this book out of my house. It just left via Bookmooch and more power to Dana who is about to receive it.
Dena
May 31, 2008 Dena rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dog lovers
Recommended to Dena by: my sis-in-law, Gina
I just finished reading this book and I was an emotional wreck for the last 50 or so pages. It was literally me reading and sobbing, tears flowing and just feeling the pain the family was going through. I really enjoyed the whole book because the man who wrote it was just very genuine and such a dog lover so I felt I could really relate to him. Even though it's an emotional story, it was really good and nice to read about a normal American family and the true love they have for dogs. Every dog l ...more
Christina
Dec 30, 2007 Christina rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Mark Levin?
I thought I would like this book, but I really didn't. In fact, the first half was just awful. The story would be more touching without the details of his radio show and knowing that his best friends are Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and hearing what great guys they both are and where they all go on vacation together.

The decisions and feelings during and after Sprite's passing were still touching. It seemed like his wife, son, and daughter wer sort of left out and it was all on Mark, but I'm pr
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Meg
Did this "educated" Mr. Levin write this book for 6th graders?! I felt it was too drawn out, he was searching for sentiment where he felt it should have been (I agree, it had potential as a heart wrenching story) but fell short. Extremely short. Sentences were simple and without emotion or vocabulary that truly expressed what he was attempting to portray. He should have condensed this book into a short story complete with MANY more photographs. It would have been far more enjoyable! I still foun ...more
Eva Leger
Oct 23, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ppl who like personal dog stories
Recommended to Eva by: found in Wal-Mart the other day
I was a little surprised reading some of the other reviews. Quite a few mentioned that they felt the book wasn't written well and still more thought that Levin was plugging his other book and radio show throughout this book. I disagree with both of those opinions.
From what I remember, Levin mentioned his other book one, maybe twice. He mentioned his radio show several times but every time he had a reason. That show is a part of his life and his dogs were also, somewhat, involved. Being that thi
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Bev Sykes
Call me a curmudgeon, but I didn't like this book. I mean--what's not to like? It's about an abandoned dog who is rescued and adopted and the dog eventually dies. It has all the elements I would normally love - animals, pathos, tear-jerking finales.

But Mark R. Levin (radio talk show host and author of the best-selling book, "Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America") gives it all the warmth of a book about the Supreme Court. "Marley" tells the same story, but John Grogan does it
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SJ
This isn't my normal sort of book and I would never have picked it up on my own. My father is an avid dog lover, and NOT an avid reader at all. So the fact that he had read anything at all was worth noting. He gave me his copy of the book and insisted I give it a try.

The author is no dummy, but he waters down his own personality so much that I found myself irritated with his portrayal of himself and his family with constant perfection. Still, for all that it lacked in literary value, I admit to
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Tami
After Mark Levin and family adopted this wonderful dog (thinking he was 3 - 6 years old) they find that Sprite is much older. Over the next two years, as his health fails, the Levin family takes wonderful care of Sprite and makes sure every day is a great day for him.
Sometimes I don't like these books, especially if the pet dies much sooner than they should. Sprite lives out the last few years of his life with the care and comfort he deserved to have all along. This book reinforces that I'm not
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Cayr
Mar 01, 2011 Cayr rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dogs
I love books about dogs. Fiction, non-fiction; it doesn't matter.

Sprite was a beautiful dog. I have no doubt that he was sweet and loving and that knowing him and loving him enriched the lives of the Levin family. Having lost dogs in my life that I loved dearly, I'm sure that writing about Sprite was very cathartic for the author. Mark Levin says in his acknowledgments that many people didn't think that he could tell Sprite's story, because it was so different from anything he'd ever written. U
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Rosemary Biggio
Rescuing Sprite Saving Levin
By Rosemary Biggio


Mark R. Levin prominent radio talk show host, president of Landmark Legal Foundation, attorney, top advisor and administrator to President Reagan’s cabinet, author of the New York Times bestseller Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America and self proclaimed “dog lover” intentionally leaves the reader feeling that the bond between man and his best friend is more than mutual, “in the end, we humans are the lucky ones.”
The publicatio
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Marie
i just loved this book and couldn't put it down. i cried! i don't usually cry, but when it comes to pets, i have quite a spot in my heart for them.

In 1998, Mark Levin and his family welcomed a half-Border Collie/half-Cocker Spaniel they named Pepsi into their lives. Six years later, his wife and son persuaded him to adopt a dog from the local shelter, a Spaniel mix. It turned out he was older than originally thought, and he was the most beautiful dog they'd ever seen. They named him Sprite. The
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Anne
This book was really bad. I finished it because I wanted to like it. I wanted to feel a connection to this dog. And while he sounds like a sweet dog, he sounds just like any other dog too! There was nothing that made me laugh out loud or cry or anything like I did with Marley & Me. This author just wasn't good. I feel like he started writing about his experience with Sprite to get his own feelings out when the dog died - kind of a sense of therapy for him. Then he decided to turn it into a b ...more
Allison Beall
Apr 30, 2008 Allison Beall rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dog lovers
As a dog lover, I both enjoyed and hated this book. Translation: the sad parts really suck, but the rest was great!
Kirsti
The first thing you notice when you check the reviews of this book is the complete and utter divide in opinions. I read loads of animal biographies, memoirs, tributes and just good old stories, so I like to think I know a good animal book from a bad. So many fall into the trap of way too much information on the humans; I hate getting a hundred pages in and the cute dog on the front cover has yet to make an appearance. Although this book explores human emotion and understanding the loss of a dog, ...more
Jenniferhuefner
I'm a dog lover, but this book isn't so much about rescuing the dog as it is about Mark Levin's feelings about rescuing the dog. Maybe I'm a little on the stoic side, but I was pretty uncomfortable with the extreme emotion Levin pours out onto the pages of his book. I'm also of the opinion that a dog ought to be allowed to be a dog and not treated like another child in the family. Dogs aren't humans like we often forget. I say let them chase deer here and there. There is no danger in them gettin ...more
McGuffy Morris
This is a love story of a family and their dogs. Written by national talk show host and attorney Mark R. Levin, he shares his love of dogs, particularly his rescue dog, Sprite.
Already sharing their home with Pepsi, a 6 year old mixed breed, the family decides to adopt a second dog from the local shelter. They fall in love with the adorable Sprite, believing him to be between 3-6 years old. He fits right in with the family, he and Pepsi becoming inseparable.
Weeks after adopting Sprite, he has an
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Marnie
I'm a dog lover through and through and lost one of my best friends in the past year. So this book sounded like it had all the elements of a story I would enjoy. However, I have to say I think it was one of the worst books I've ever read. If you want to read a book where the back cover summary is repeated over and over and over, this is the book for you. Horribly simplistic and unreaslistic that someone would shoulder the blame for the health issues besought on this poor dog, to me the author se ...more
Melanie
I have never read any of Mark Levin's other books. I don't listen to his radio show. While at the store, I picked up this book due to its cover and title and was reading the back when my husband walked up and saw me doing so and got excited. He is a Mark Levin fan. All of this bumped up my interest but also made me apprehensive - was I going to be sucked into a book about a dog with political undertones? I am not into political reads. I am barely into non-fiction reads. I bought it anyway and de ...more
Susan O'Bryant
I'm a huge fan of talk radio. One of the shows I listen to on a regular basis is the Mark Levin Show. In December 2006, he lost a very special friend and family member, his dog Sprite. After some urging from friends, he decided to write a book about the experience of rescuing this dog, living and loving him, and then having to make the awful decision to put him to sleep after only having had him in his family for 2 years.

If you are a dog lover, you should read this book. Even if you're not neces
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Mary
Apr 08, 2008 Mary added it
This book is basically the story of Mark Levin's experience with adopting a dog (Sprite) from a shelter. Sprite turns out to be much older than the Levins are first told. He is a joy of a dog to have and Mark has many questions that cannot be answered about Sprite's past. Many hard decisions have to be made about Sprites health. I cannot say much more about this book except it's just not the kind of book that I can rate with stars so maybe I could just say it's for anyone who is considering adop ...more
Phillis
This book, although a quick read, is so intense I read it slowly to absorb all the pain and joy this author had to share. For anyone who has owned a pet of any kind can so relate to this story. To own a pet is to make a silent promise to love and care for it for as long as its time on earth. Then to unselfishly end its pain and suffering and say goodbye. This is the joy and pain this author wrote for us. Granted he went into a depression wondering if he did the right thing, but he is a human and ...more
Lacey Bower-Keller
Grab yourself a box of Kleenex. Oh my goodness. It was a very sweet story about a man remembering his dog. If you are a dog lover, it makes you want to be a better puppy parent and hold them even closer. Or it makes you have bittersweet memories of your past best friends. There were times I couldn't even read the words on the page because I was crying so hard. So please beware, sob fest! I always wish I could live my life more like a dog.. love unconditionally, find a friend in everyone, and rem ...more
Cynthia
Jan 05, 2008 Cynthia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any pet lover
Recommended to Cynthia by: Gisele
If you love or ever loved any animal , this one book will require many kleenex. Why do we fall apart but tuff up when it's a (Family /2 legged person) and fall apart when its our Family/4 legged Pet) ??? We know who we are. They give us unconditional love ? I don't know I thought as a parent we did this , but I really think the Dog/cat/bird etc.. they really don't judge us and love us for there comfortable lives. Much better than living in the wild don't you think. ??? Kudos to Rush L. by the wa ...more
Betty
Loved this book and read the entire book in one evening. Tears were rolling down my eyes reading about the Levin's love for their dogs and their loss of Sprite. It was endearing to read about a man actually expressing such emotion at the loss of his dog. I am a big fan of Mark Levin AND his politics and NOT afraid to admit it! The other posts on critiquing the book simply because you don't agree with his political affiliation..................please put your politics aside and rate a book simply ...more
Elizabeth Carson
I received this book from a friend who thought it would help when my dog was very ill. As well-meaning as it was, this is without question, the worst written book I’ve ever felt obligated to read. The sentence structure is awful. There is no storytelling - more like reporting, and the reader ends up feeling guilty for wishing this poor dog would finally give up so we could stop wanting to pull our teeth out from the pain of this read. In order to make this project tolerable, I did what I always ...more
Virginia
I managed to finish this with great difficulty. The difficulty owing to the sobs and tears ruining my vision. It has been just a bit over a year since I had to put my beloved Sheva down and I had avoided this book till now. I foolishly thought I was over the dire grief enough to read it now. I suppose I needed to shed a few more tears and this book opened the flood gates. It's a beautiful story, so full of joy that, as it is so often in life, it is hard to reconcile the utter sadness of it. I mu ...more
Kim
This was one of my Borders-is-going-out-of-business-I-better-use-up-my-gift-cards purchases, and I was really pleased with it. As a relatively new dog lover, one of the worst things I can imagine is losing my dog. I cried as they had to let go of Sprite and will keep this book as a primer of sorts for what is to come. As Mark's friend Debra says "The pain of loss is the price of love. That is way too good to pass over...To give that up in order to spare pain at her loss is unthinkable."
Mary
I started this book on Monday and only have a few more pages to read. It is a wonderful book. I can identify with Mark and his family and their grief. I had a Peke for 12 years and when we had to put him down, it was hard. Back in 1992 I had to put down our 12 year old poodle, Chewie, and it was hard then too. I miss both of them very much.

I reccommend this book to all dog lovers, but keep the tissuses handy, as you will cry.

It was a wonderful book.
Linda Shook
Thank you Mark Levin for this precious book. I believe that most of us who truly love our animals go thru this grieving process when they pass. In my case it's been cats....my last little one went over the Bridge march 9, 2009. I still miss her so much. However, we did have a dog when my kids were young, in fact he was a 3rd birthday gift for my son who will be 43 in August. He was part beagle and part terrier. Frisky had terrier fur and beagle coloring. We got him as a 9 week old puppy and he a ...more
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