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The Stolen Dog

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  695 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
When Briggs, a Boston terrier, is stolen from his family's deck and shoved into a waiting car, a chain of events unfold that shakes the city. The Stolen Dog follows Tricia and Josh, Briggs' owners, as they fight a force unknown, enduring death threats, psychic interventions, false leads, fake set-ups, and the threat of dog fighting. A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifti ...more
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 191 pages
Published May 19th 2013 by Park & Stowell Publishing
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Sean Peters
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a quick read, and as an animal lover a great read.

Sadly this opened my eyes to how bad people can be when a reward is involved, but also how fantastic some people can be.

Tricia explains so well the depth of despair and pain as each day goes by without finding their dog, but also the pain of the nast phone calls.

How important close friends are, and who are your true friends.

Not quite the ending I expected, but a great story and just a nice light read.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's about a Boston terrier. Nuff said
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-books

I'm not real sure why this book is rated so high. It's a "nice" story, but a rather bland one that I didn't feel any real emotion from. First of all, yes I am a dog lover and own 2 dogs and I would be devastated if either of them were ever stolen or lost, but a whole book on a woman's desperate search was a little much. It was interesting to read about human nature, from those that pitched in, spread the news and did everything they could to network to help her find her dog to those scam artists
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Today I needed something upbeat, to fight the blahs brought about by week after week of bone-chilling cold, ice, and snow. So I decided to download a Kindle version of this "dog book." I wasn't sorry that I did. It's a nice easy read, about "Briggs," a Boston terrier. Stolen from his owners' yard, he becomes the subject of an exhaustive search effort. Finally he mysteriously returns, after another Boston is rescued by them in the process. Heart-warming, refreshing, and good with a roaring fire a ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on my kindle. The title says it all what this book is about. Briggs a Boston Terrier is stolen out of his own yard.the author, Tricia O'Malley writes about the extent they took to find their beloved dog. starting out with lost posters around their city on Wisconsin. eventually putting in out on Facebook, radio shows. it was touching how many people came together to help Tricia and her husband find their dog Briggs. I read this in two days because i had to know if this had a happy end ...more
Jamie Marfurt
Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't want to be mean because the most important thing is the dog & family being reunited, but this was sort of a boring book. Based on true events, but nothing ever really happens - no real suspense. The dog is stolen, they paste fliers around town, receive a lot of phone calls, and the dog magically reappears in the end with no explanation. Just my opinion, but it would have been better as a short story or even just an online blog post or article.
Peggy Tibbetts
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Briggs, a 2-year old Boston terrier was the light of Tricia and Josh O’Malley’s lives. The day he was stolen from their deck in broad daylight in a Milwaukee neighborhood, their world was turned upside down. Tricia wasted little time shifting into high gear. She made use of her savvy marketing and social networking skills. She enlisted the help of friends to distribute thousands of flyers through Milwaukee neighborhoods. She broadcast Briggs’ plight on Facebook. As the word spread, radio and TV ...more
Cathryn Wellner
Having spent months searching for a missing dog (a highly trained, very valuable Border Collie) and having suspected all along he was picked up on our rural road and simply kept (in spite of his chip and pedigree), I was prepared to be moved by this book. I was, instead, intrigued but not at all moved. The story could have been told in an essay but did not really provide enough of a meaty read to justify an entire book. The best part of the book is the last, when the O'Malleys welcome a stray in ...more
John Vitek
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE STOLEN DOG is a captivating book that I just couldn’t put down. (Thankfully, it’s also a relatively quick read.) It is a heart-warming tale of a lost dog found, and the physical and emotional journey the author, her husband and friends (old and new) went through in finding him. O’Malley’s prose is wonderfully conversational, like listening to a friend tell you this amazing story that you can’t believe they went through, and draws you in so that you feel for all the characters, humans and dog ...more
Mary Mullane
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for animal stories, especially dogs, and this one is true. I totally understood the pet parents' reaction to having their precious pup stolen--all my furry and feathered critters have been my kids, my family. I was getting upset when reading Tricia was thinking about rehoming the gray rescue puppy who was so obviously attached to her, but so thankful this book has a happy ending! I challenge all animal lovers to read the last couple of chapters without needing some kleenex! Happy t ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog, nonfiction
I originally picked this book because I like dog stories and this one is intriguing. It's a quick read and I debated giving the book a three star because "flyering" is not a word. I found it irritating and the author should have done at least a spell check to find and replace bloopers like this. Also at times I felt like the author went on too long about details but the question do they get their little Boston Terrier back or not kept me reading. It's also a cautionary tale for pet owners. In t ...more
Bonnie Ferguson
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a story!! This story hits you emotionally & and doesn't let up until the last page. If you have ever loved an animal you need to read this book! This book shows heartbreak, the power of social media, and finally joy as Trica & Josh are reunited with Briggs the Boston Terrier and welcome a new family member. What a book!
helen francis
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Heartwarming good story

Anyone who is an animal lover knows how close you can get to your pet. It is so gut wrenching when something goes wrong. The tenacity of this couple to find their dog, and the good fortune they had in all the wonderful and giving people that helped them, makes this a good story. They never gave up.
Connie Pollock
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good and quick read, set in my city, Milwaukee. What I found interesting is what people do in these situations when a reward is offered. You see the good in some people and the bad in others.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doglovers--read it and weep. Some sad tears, some happy tears.
Angel **Book Junkie**
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Really touching story about a family and a stolen dog. It was cute sweet and I actually adored Briggs without even knowing him. Plus really cute cover :)
Vickie Gunther
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book knowing how it was going to end, but still enjoyed it. There was some surprises that I didn't expect. I recommend this book to any dog lover!
Recensione: http://ilibrisonounantidotoallatriste...

Tricia e Josh sono gli orgogliosi proprietari di Briggs, un dolcissimo boston terrier di due anni che è parte integrante della loro famiglia come lo sarebbe un figlio. Per loro inizia un incubo quando il cucciolo viene rapito dal cortile di casa. Decisi a ritrovarlo stampano volantini, spargono la voce tra amici e familiari, aprono una pagina facebook e cercano ogni modo possibile di far girare la notizia, chiamando le radio, i giornali e le tv
Jill Epperson
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of The Stolen Dog by Tricia O'Malley in a Goodreads giveaway.
Tricia O'Malley chronicles her journey to recover her stolen Boston terrier, Briggs, in this quick and heartwarming read. I was pulled in by the emotional writing and story, that I, as an animal lover and dog owner, could empathize with but would never want to experience myself. She is relentless in her search for Briggs, utilizing social media as the ultimate communication tool, and relying on the human kindness of strang
Lori Henrich
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tricia is at work when she gets the call telling her that her dog Briggs is missing. It wasn't until she got home that she realizes that Briggs isn't just missing he was stolen. Tricia, along with her husband and friends, start a flyer campaign to find out who took their dog and to bring him home. They are not opposed to consulting psychics in their pursuit of beloved Briggs.

I grew up in Milwaukee, and at first was upset at the way my hometown city was being portrayed. I haven't lived there for
Linda Beldava
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grāmata, kas tapusi uz patiesu notikumu pamata, kā jau vēsta nosaukums, par nozagtu sunīti. Ar Briggsa nozagšanu stāsts iesākas un viss stāsts ir par to, kā saimnieki Triša un Džošs viņu meklē, izveidojot plakātus, ko izlīmēt ielās un dalīt cilvēkiem, domājot uzmanību piesaistošāku uzrunu, saukli. Tiek izveidota FaceBook mājaslapa Briggsa meklēšanai, iesaistās palīdzīgi cilvēki un ne mazāk arī visādi [atvainojos] kretīni, kas zvana saimniekiem, lai paķengātos, sakot, ka esot nogalinājuši sunīti, ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Quick read. It's a true story about a couple who's dog was stolen out of of their backyard and what they did to try and get him back. It shows how horrible or awesome strangers can be. I couldn't believe the behavior of some of the people in this book who didn't give a shit. Some of things that happened I did question, but it's based on a true story so I guess I have to believe. The couple was lucky with the resources they were able to use. I wonder if it was me, would I have been given the same ...more
Charles Freund
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

I loved this book!

So I decided to read this book because my own family has a beloved Boston Terrier. She is an important part of our family which I cannot imagine my life without. I read this story which I was completely glued to with intense emotion along the way and hoping to find it ending well. Even though I most likely will never meet Briggs and his Family, I feel they're embedded in my heart. This is one of the best books I've EVER read! Thank you to Trisha and Josh for s
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following the power of social media, I noticed one of my favorite Facebook pages, 'Life with Dogs', posted up an article about a lost Boston Terrier named Briggs and the journey his owners went on to get him back. Obviously I love dogs, and I love books, so combining the two is always a winning combination. While I read, Austin, my Maltese shih tzu mix, slept happily on the lounge next to me.

I loved the way this story was written. From watching the clip accompanying the article, I knew the endin
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, dogs, kindle, memoir
Cute book. Well written. Not an earth shattering story, but I could relate to the positive reaction to her Facebook plea since I crosspost for animals and have over 2,500 animal loving "friends." It doesn't surprise me that her "real" friends weren't willing to help find her dog Briggs, but her dog loving friends were. Dog people get it :)
Colleen Phoenix sprkl
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs
loved this book.. solid reason why I don't let or leave my dogs outside alone ever. glad for the happy ending
A bit light, but she certainly did all she could to find her dog. Odd tho that the dog just showed up on her doorstep on day, perhaps the person who took the dog had a change of heart and returned it.
barbara evans
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If there were more stars I would give them all

Third is a wonderful book. I loved every minute following Tricia's story.
Her determination to find her dog warmed my heart. Good job!
Lis Carey
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tricia and Josh O'Malley are a loving couple and the loving owners of a Boston terrier named Briggs. Then one fine, sunny day, Briggs is stolen from their deck while Josh is momentarily distracted. Thus begins the most stress-filled weeks of their lives.

This is Tricia's story of their search for their stolen dog, and what she learned about marketing, social media, friendship, and both the kindness and the meanness of strangers. She has to go well outside her comfort zone, talking to people she w
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, animals
This is a true story about a Boston Terrier named Briggs who was stolen from his owner's porch. His "parents", the couple who owned him, worked tremendously hard to find him and get him back. This is story covers their day to day highs & lows as they search for their beloved dog.

While I enjoyed many parts of this book, there were two parts I didn't enjoy:
...the cursing, though I understand she was often "quoting" the horrible phone calls she received
...the "spiritualist" part, as the author
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