This is a pretty cute coffee table book - I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this - if it would be all pictures or have some descriptions to...moreThis is a pretty cute coffee table book - I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this - if it would be all pictures or have some descriptions to go along. I wouldn't have paid for this in a store - I received it from PBS. (less)
Ugh....this man is so self-centered it's scary. Everything this dog does is because of HIM. If the dog doesn't listen, it's not because the dog has so...moreUgh....this man is so self-centered it's scary. Everything this dog does is because of HIM. If the dog doesn't listen, it's not because the dog has something fun to do, it's because the dog hates HIM. If the dog does this, it's because the dog hates HIM. The dog doesn't want to listen to HIM. The dog wants to make HIS life harder. Give me a break. I can't believe this was actually published. This is the best example right here of people who shouldn't own dogs.
I finished the book and it still sucked. I want it out of my home as soon as humanly possible- it's that bad. I don't know how this guy can even call himself an animal lover to be honest. It's like he's lacking in total common sense. He does these things, puts his dog in danger and then feels as if the dog did it to get back at him. Guess what Foster? HE'S A DOG buddy! A DOG! A FREAKING DOG! He gets surpised because the dog takes off one night. Why did the dog take off you ask? Well, number one, he had no leash. Number two, because he's A DOG. THAT IS WHAT THEY DO. But- apparently the dog wasn't supposed to take off like that and who wants to know why? Becuase he never had before while walking that route. Yes, I'm serious. I read that in this book. It's in there I swear. I guess he's not aware that dogs do play by humans rules. Did I mention the dog (and Foster) were running through traffic because he decided to walk him, leashless, near the road? I don't know what to say about this- I have so many pages checked with the most idiotic things he wrote. I just don't have the desire to go through it all again because it's actually quite scary. My three year old knows more about dogs than this guy. I apologize if this is harsh, I hate to be harsh, but everything I say is the truth and this book bothered me to no end. Let's not forget this little tidbit either- he loves his rescue dog so much that he went out and bought a purebred from a breeder. You loving animal lover you. (less)
Even though I'm "only" rating this three stars I really do think it's worth reading. I'm simply trying to be more careful with my four-and-five star r...moreEven though I'm "only" rating this three stars I really do think it's worth reading. I'm simply trying to be more careful with my four-and-five star ratings. For me, this is a three star book about a five star story Ironically, despite my somewhat intense interest in many military related things I found some of this a bit draggy. Damn I hate saying that. I really, really hope people can still see how much I liked this and how happy I am that I read it. There are hard parts but when aren't there with a book like this?The book has a happy ending which means a lot because a lot of the stories coming from places like this end bad, for the dog and the human, whether the dog is a "war dog" or a stray. It's heartbreaking really. Kopelman is very vocal about the people who helped get Lava to the States, even going so far as to give a man he couldn't name the first name 'Sam' and detailing, more than once, what all he did for Lava. Those were some pretty amazing parts. There are a number of places mentioned which would be happy, I'm sure, to receive donations as well and these are the types of places I feel safe handing money over too. I was pleased to see IAMS so involved altogether. It's definitely worth reading, if for no other reasons that to get to know Lava. His story could have ended so much more different than it did if it weren't for the kind and caring humans he happened to encounter. I don't have immediate plans to read the "sequel" - From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava - but it's on my to-read list and eventually I will get to it.(less)
This is a pretty cute little book- it's so fast to get through- I went through the entire thing in under a half hour tonight. The posters and drawing...moreThis is a pretty cute little book- it's so fast to get through- I went through the entire thing in under a half hour tonight. The posters and drawing from the children are absolutely heartbreaking. Some of them are humorous, some are just plain old posters. It's sad to think that probably most of them didn't make it home. A very few have the end result added, example- this one made it home, this one was hit by a car and died, etc. I wish he has maybe added more, what happened to all of them, the ones he could find out about anyway, but then that would have brought sad feelings onto the pet owners in a lot of cases. I'm not sure what I'd think or feel if I got that call. He includes some interesting, if they are correct, statistics in the back of the book. I do wish he had noted where they came from though. One or two seem off but maybe not. He also has a part in the back with tips for making lost pet posters and while the tips are all common sense things, many are things we may not think about at a time like that. I definitely suggest taking a look if the cover grabs your interest. My daughter absolutely adored the cover drawing of the dogs legs- she got the biggest kick out of that.(less)
There were a few really great pictures in here but the majority were kind of blah. I don't know who chose the cover pic and why but there were a few m...moreThere were a few really great pictures in here but the majority were kind of blah. I don't know who chose the cover pic and why but there were a few much better ones included inside. I thought so anyway. It's a quick little book that will have you laughing a few times. (less)
I'm ending up impressed with this book and David Congalton. I wasn't planning on reading this right now, I thought it was still too raw for me, but it...moreI'm ending up impressed with this book and David Congalton. I wasn't planning on reading this right now, I thought it was still too raw for me, but it called to me and I picked it up. It's on the top three list for the saddest books I've ever read. I read a lot of sad books so that says something. Even through all the sadness the love this couple, David and his wife Charlotte, have for their animals is undeniable. I think he's working, and working hard, to make grieving for a pet more acceptable. Many people out there who don't have pets or who don't see their pets as some of us others do, don't understand why it takes, weeks, months, years, and sometimes lifetimes to grieve but it is what it is. And that's it. I put this down like it was on fire a few times. You know, when you feel that first burn when the tears start to come. I would have thrown it had it been another book but even while I wanted it away from me for the tim being I couldn't actually toss it aside. The cover is made with pictures of his animals, the ones he lost. I knew each one by the very beginning of the book and could picture everything. I'll be the first to admit though- this is NOT for everyone. My Mom is a pet lover to the fullest...but she's also very emotional about certain things. This wouldn't be the book for her. Maybe there is help inside but it's still not for her. It would hurt her more than help and I know that. That doesn't mean she loves her pets or animals in general more than I do and it doesn't mean I love them more. We're just different. This is the kind of book people have to trust their judgement on. I'm happy I read it and I can't part with it, at least not right now. That says something also as I hardly ever keep a book anymore. (Jeannie- I know why you wanted to keep your copy now! :)(less)
Wow- this has been the most helpful book so far that I've read since my dog died. Granted, I haven't read that many and I'm pretty picky with what I t...moreWow- this has been the most helpful book so far that I've read since my dog died. Granted, I haven't read that many and I'm pretty picky with what I think I'll actually be able to read but this surpasses what I have read. I was a little leery it would be too religious, with the author being a religious person, and it wasn't. It was about as religious as I am, which is somewhat with not being "overboard". (IMO.) I definitely would recommend this to anyone who has ever owned a pet. It's helped me a great deal. (less)
This is FANTASTIC! Marino has a definite knack for writing, especially about animals from what I can see. She herself, along with her partner Victor,...moreThis is FANTASTIC! Marino has a definite knack for writing, especially about animals from what I can see. She herself, along with her partner Victor, started Angel's Gate for abused and hurt animals. They've taken in everything from dogs that weren't sick to injured ducks, raccoons and ponies. Simply amazing. I can't understand how one person can have that much love inside themselves. I also can't understand how someone can throw away an animal that's been there for them when the going gets tough. Shame on anyone who could do that. Time, expense and everything else play a role and that's understandable but if it can be done, it should be done. Angel's Gate is getting Googled right now and I plan on it being my most active charity- Julia's too- from now on. That's how much this book touched me. I sincerely hope she writes a part 2- people WILL buy it. (less)
It's not often I come across a book which makes me so happy and so mad at the same time. My review may be confusing and for that, if that happens, I'm...moreIt's not often I come across a book which makes me so happy and so mad at the same time. My review may be confusing and for that, if that happens, I'm sorry but I doubt my thoughts are going to come out in a methodical way. I'll start by saying that the dogs and puppies this woman "found" were, for the most part, in horrendous shape. I use quotations there because I'm not convinced Block did in fact find them. I think she actually went on missions to seek these animals out. I give no opinion on that in particular but there is a marked difference between helping an animal on the side of the road that happened to cross your path and investigating and going into people's yards. I agree and think what she's doing is great. BUT.... there is a flip side here. She is breaking the law and she's stealing these animals. Now, I for one have been turned away by both the "Humane" Society and the SPCA in Delaware so I can understand her frustration when it comes to those organizations. I think her heart is in the right place but unfortunately it takes more than just that to be right. I'm sure she's saved many an animals life which is a beautiful thing. The book left me wondering what would happen if someone like her saw my black Lab Scooter. He wears no collar because he doesn't leave his home without one of his people and he's thinner than he's ever been because of diabetes. Would she automatically think he's being neglected and take him? She would have no right to. In my exact situation she'd be unable to because like I said, the dog doesn't go outside alone. And if she entered my home she'd be met with a baseball bat to her head. My point is that if everyone moved on opinion alone where exactly would society be? There are laws for a reason. I don't agree with all of them but that doesn't mean I don't have to follow them. The best thing Block did, besides the actual saving of lives, was to document what the police were doing. I only hope she followed up on it (I never heard anything and I think it would have been everywhere if the media got ahold of that video). I also want to mentioned her "husband" and I use the quotations because a man who acts like him shouldn't be honored enough to be given that title in my opinion. He was the biggest asshole until the very end of the book. I'd like to know how much is really true and how much is made up. He just did that 360 all of a sudden when he was a total prick before? I'm not seeing it happen. If I were Rose Block I'd have left that entire portion of the book out because I'd have been mortified for anyone to know I allowed myself to be treated like a piece of dogshit. He talked to her like she was shit on his shoe. Why do women put up with this? Was he okay with her portrayal of him? Questions, questions, questions. Canine Caper is a quick book even with the horrible situations concerning the dogs. Those specific parts will break you're heart and as I said in an update, the only person who could read those and not be affected would be someone capable of the kind of abuse mentioned here. At the same time, you probably won't like Block, or her "husband", very much. The writing itself was very amatuer - what was Delilah Ahrendt's role in this exactly? I would assume Ahrendt helped because Block wasn't an author but if that's the case I couldn't tell.
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 t...moreI 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 this book is about his life, his family's life, and the dogs in their family, it's only "right" that his show be mentioned. It would be the same as a bank teller writing the book and mentioned coming home from the bank. Or the supermarket or the marketing firm in the city. I didn't see any shameless plugging at all. What I did is a dog-lover in the truest sense. Most of the books like this that I've read I've liked. There was one that I hated because, in my opinion, the author wasn't a dog lover at all- I saw right through him and his book. But the ones I like the most are the very personal stories- the ones that let you in to more than the dogs lives alone, but the families as well. And this did that for me. I think some people will feel it's written poorly because of the simple sentences. I don't agree with that either personally. I wouldnt agrue that it's a literary masterpiece, it's not, but it is a good story about this man's dogs. I fell in love with the dogs from the beginning of the book and I enjoyed reading about their day to day activities. I also liked the rest of Levin's family, as they were portrayed throughout the book. There are way more negative and/or less than positive reviews than I expected to find so I would just like to urge anyone thinking about reading this and reading the reviews beforehand to try it for themselves. I believe Levin and his whole family are true dog lovers and I enjoyed the book the whole time, very much actually. Don't let the other reviews stop you from reading- this can help a person who has lost a pet. Like Levin says, sometimes it helps just to know others have been, and made it through, the same thing. When I was looking at this in Wal-Mart the other day I was thinking about buying it. (I probably knew in my head that I already would but....) When I saw that part of the proceeds are going to animal shelters I was sold. (less)
Well, what can I say about a book about butts? Baby animal butts to be exact. I'm not sure why this book was published but who am I to ask such a ques...moreWell, what can I say about a book about butts? Baby animal butts to be exact. I'm not sure why this book was published but who am I to ask such a question. The pictures are certainly adorable - I mean, come on, they're the butts of baby animals. The quotes I can do without. Most of them were stupid to be blunt. Julia got a kick out of the fact that this is a real book about butts. Don't pay for it though - I'm sure if you Google 'baby animal butt pictures' you'll get the same end result. (less)
I can pretty much be sure of myself when I say this is NOT what you're expecting. That says a lot since I probably don't know you. I wasn't expecting a...moreI can pretty much be sure of myself when I say this is NOT what you're expecting. That says a lot since I probably don't know you. I wasn't expecting any one thing with this book - I thought it might serve to help people through losing a cat. It might just be this vets letters to his patients owners. It might be specific, it might be non-specific. I wasn't looking for any one thing so you would think it would have been easy to please me. Here: pg. 15- "This knowlede can be you pet's last gift to you." Uh. say whaaa??? This book is packaged like it could be a gift. If I gave this to someone I would fully expect to be slapped in the face. Now, to be fair, besides this horrific sentence above, I saw relatively few mistakes (although there should be 0 mistakes) and this is not the reason for the one star rating. No, the reason for the one star rating is because the book sucks. I applaud Titolo for taking care of animals and I think he had a great idea with the book. It's just executed in the most horrible way. The letters do not seem read at all. I'd bet a large sum of money they aren't. Hell, the people's last names don't even seem real. I mean, the names themselves are someone name somewhere but they aren't real people who got a letter from this guy. They were all Mrs. Spears, Mr. Salt, Ms. Cook, Mr. Salmon, Plankston, Plumber. Get real. The letters themselves? Ugh. Total trash. 89 pages of "letters" basically equals one or two paragraphs each of saying a brief sentence along the lines of "We could learn from (insert a pet name here) before the cancer started eating away at her insides and tearing your heart open." Yeah, that's the letter I want when I lose my cat. I want the vet to reiterate what happened, specifically if possible, then act like he knows what the cat used to like to do in my home, while the vet himself has probably never even stepped foot inside said home, and then tell me to "stay encouraged". And I thought I had a great vet. Listen, I hate saying all this because the picture of the vet/author on the back flap is nice and he looks like a super nice guy. But I can't lie because I may be looking at these reviews years from now, after forgetting about a book, and I want to see what I really thought. What if someone asks me for a recommendation and I see this book and it has a better rating and good comment and I tell someone to read it? I could lose a friend over something like this. There are a ton of pet books out there - sail right past this one. I'm sure Titolo is a great vet, I have to assume he cares greatly about animals since he "wrote" this book. I just think he should stick to vet duties, not writing. (less)