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Chasing the Blue Sky

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When life with his loving family takes a sudden turn, Toby finds himself fighting to survive in the unforgiving world of the county animal shelter. But he's not alone — a motley cast of homeless dogs and a devoted pair of shelter workers will give anything to make sure he finds his forever home.

Chasing the Blue Sky is the compelling, emotional story of one dog's journey to
Kindle Edition, 191 pages
Published November 3rd 2018 by Lomack Publishing
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS!! Keep the tissues close by for this one cause if you’re anything like me when it comes to animal stories (crying mess) you will need them. I absolutely fell in love with Toby the black dog featured on the cover of this book and let’s face it who wouldn’t with a face like that.

I’m not going to say a lot about this book, but I will say it left me really emotional and I found I had to stop and put it down to collect my thoughts. When a book can leave a reader feeling like this it m
Fiction Addition Angela
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-sirens
OMG you will need a box of tissues at the ready and maybe a stiff drink after reading this. If your a dog lover you will totally get this book as difficult as it is to read. You will cry, tut, gulp and hold your dog a little tighter than usual. Wrote as though the dog is narrating the story this book tells the story of Toby who is taken into a family home as a puppy and is soon forgotten after the initial excitement spending hours and days alone hoping for any interaction with his humans until t ...more
Divya Mahajan
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A compelling beautiful story of a lovely dog that is left in a public shelter when his foster family abandons him. He is a courageous and friendly dog who learn from older dogs and helps the new dogs. All through the book the you root for him but Alas the truth is not always sweet. Written from the dog's point of view it is heart wrenching story. This shows people adopt pets just for a momentary pleasure and then discard them as a unfeeling thing, a thing that has become useless but do not want ...more
Karen Nelson
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A small black dog is born to a chained dog and eventually adopted by a loving family. When he begins to grow from puppyhood , the family had little time for him any longer. Once Toby was a pampered pet, but soon becomes a bored, neglected outdoor dog, looking for warmth in a flimsy doghouse.

A book discussing how many Americans treat pets, and dispose of them after the shine wears off, this is a sad commentary on the human condition. Written as a first person account from the dog's view, it deta
Janell Madison
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Chasing the Blue Sky ” by Will Lowrey, reviewed by Green Gables Book Reviews

Sometimes, you find something that makes you remember that life is bigger than your day to day world. This is the book that will cause you to pause and make you remember, there are bigger things than you in this world, that are important, too. –Green Gables Book Reviews

Toby is a dog that is loved by his family. He still remembers the day they came and he met them for the first time. He remembers how hesitant he felt, le
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting and cried all the way through it. It's about a sweet pit bull puppy's journey through life. Pit bulls get such a bad rap in this country, due primarily (I suspect) to the unscrupulous, uncaring people who train them as fighting dogs. However, that is not their natural demeanor. Everyone I know who has one of these dogs says they are big, loving, goofballs. Make sure you have a hankie or tissues. You're gonna need 'em. I don't think I'll forget this book for a very ...more
John Stubbs
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life in a dog shelter

Great description of the frustration of the people who run our nation’s dog and animal rescue agencies. As an animal lover it is hard not to fall in love with some of the animals. Not all of them will make it out alive.
Stormy Bell
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“We got him about 6 months ago. The kids wanted a dog,” he said as if deflecting the guilt of his actions to some unseen children. “He really is a good dog. We just don’t have the time for him anymore. I’m sure someone else will do much better by him.”

This is the second novel I am reviewing this month which was written by a lawyer. The first dealt with the issue of mental illness and suicide, while this story deals with the plight of shelter pets, specifically pit bull dogs. In both cases, the a
randy truxell
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm to close to this story

The writing and the story tell you what happened when you let your dog have puppies twice a year. I have been in Toby's shoes. I have been on both sides of the fence. I have faced what a shelter worker does. That is why I will never have a pet who isn't neutered or adopted from a shelter or a rescue. Three months ago Cappy came into my life, a rescue from a high kill shelter in the south. He traveled from Alabama to Wisconsin and was waiting for me to come to his foreve
Lindy Hoppr
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

This book has a great story and message, and I like it because of that. However it reads a bit like a well written draft, or a legal brief - no metaphors at all, and a bit over explaining. It is good, and has a bunch of potential, and I would love to see it polished a bit more. I felt the dogs were often too humanized, in terms of their feelings, and the decision as to whether dogs can talk to each other was not
Genn Smith
Mar 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
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This book is... wow, it's an experience. I love books which make me feel things and get me invested in the characters, and Chasing the Blue Sky absolutely delivers in that regard. Everything from happiness to sorrow, anger to hopefulness, melancholy to wonderment: I felt all of them. Because of this, I had to put the book down several times to just get a break, but I never once wanted to outright quit reading because I just had to see Toby's journey through to the end.

Toby is a young pitbull mix
Pamela King
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
Full precis and author bio below.

This is one of the most beautiful books I have read. The story of Toby, a young dog surrendered to a shelter, takes us behind the scenes of an animal rescue facility and the people who devote their lives to finding forever homes. The first thing that hit me was the dedication in the book:
To the forgotten ones – on chains, in kennels, and concrete catacombs – and every person who has ever given a piece of their soul to save them.

It is an emotional journey as the d
J.R. Alcyone
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Please note there may be some very mild spoilers in my review (specifically the next paragraph which summarizes the plot).

“Chasing the Blue Sky” is the story of Toby, a black and white pitbull mix who is born to a mother kept on a short chain. Toby is eventually purchased by a nice family with two children who treat him well until a new baby is on the way. At this point, Toby is shunted off to the county dog shelter where life for him becomes increasingly depressing and difficult, leading to an
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review**

This one is a heart string tugger, if you have ever had to surrender any animal to a shelter, you'll feel the sharp sting of judgment. I have, for reasons beyond my control, and I definitely felt the knife reading the words of the book. If you're looking for a happy book similar to W. Bruce Cameron, or Garth Stein, or Marly and Me, you won't find it in this book, its a sharp bleak view of shelters and the lives of dogs, sp
Stanley McShane
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-request
This book explores the life journey of a dog who is a mixed breed pit bull and black. Unfortunately, the latter two have depressing chances of being happily placed in forever homes. It is certainly a story that needs to be told. And told over and over again.

Toby is the story of a young pit mix surrendered to a county animal shelter. His family had relegated him to the yard and discovering they were expecting a third child, decided he represented more time and money than they'd be able to offer.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Toby is the last pup born to a malnourished mama pit bull chained in a dusty, bleak backyard with inadequate shelter, care, and attention. Two of his litter mates die shortly after birth, and because he's black, he's the last to be sold. His last view of his mother, who is never named, fills him with anxiety and sadness.

He's initially welcomed into his new home, but soon, like his mother, is banished to the backyard. His owner buys him an winter igloo-shaped shelter under duress, but Toby is sti
Gracie Mosko
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
***Chasing the Blue Sky***

Such an important and emotional read.

I first picked this book because the cover looked really interesting. I'm glad did! It tells the story of a puppy named Toby. Toby had a loving family but all of a sudden, had to go to the shelter to find a new family. He seems happy until he starts getting really homesick. This is when the trouble sets in and they can't keep him anymore. In the end, they are forced to put him down. Without a family, or friends.

Seems sad enough he
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love that the author is brave enough to expose the harsh realities of what happens to many
animals. I hate that reality but know just how true it is.

This story brings the reader both sweetness and heartbreak. Although the story focuses on Toby, a black pit bull mix, we also grow to know and care for the other animals as well. This adorable puppy is purchased by a family and Toby’s future seems promising until his human mom becomes pregnant. Suddenly there is no room for him.

We have to keep in m

Through each page of Toby's story, I hoped that he would get his miracle. From his poorly treated sad mother's experience to the final word, this story grabbed me by the heart and refused to let go. My heart broke when Toby's owners surrendered him to the county animal shelter. I know county animal shelters have very little room, fewer funds, and almost no personnel so they are forced to make hard decisions about the dogs and cats in their care. It's just immensely saddening to rea
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my word! This book just destroyed me! I am a huge puddle on the ground right now!

This book is certainly beautifully written but my heart can't take it. Not one bit! Anyone that has been around me at all knows that I am an animal lover. My heart breaks each and every time I see a stray running around. I cry if I see a dog chained up outside and it looks the least bit unhappy. So, I'm sure you can imagine what this book did to me.

Here I am, sitting in my classroom (I'm a teacher) reading while
Ski Croghan
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm so sorry Toby....

As I write this I keep having to wipe the tears from my eyes. Sony's story is so heartbreaking. Just because he was a pi bull type no one wanted him. Because of an unexpected pregnancy the family who took him from his mother, breaking her heart, turned him in to the county dog shelter. He couldn't understand and as the months passed no one offered to adopt him. He gradually lost his hope and his mind. Don't read this book if you can't take knowing what his fate is, it will b
Kendall Miller
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed my attention and my heart from page one. It is a beautifully written story of Toby, an unwanted dog with three strikes against him: he is black, he is a pit bull mix, and he is in a shelter. The author manages to convey all the emotions dogs such as this must feel when in this situation and I didn’t want to put it down, holding my breath for a happy ending. I will let each reader decide if that hope was met. Chasing the Blue Sky pulled my heartstrings like no other book has in ...more
Lucille Bransfield
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God. This is the most heartbreaking book I’ve ever read. The worst part is that it goes on every day, in every state, in every country.
This book takes us inside of a dog named Toby, amongst others. He is a house pet, and then he is not. He is left at a shelter that brings out the worst in him. He is also part Pitbull, which might as well be a death mark. This is not for the faint of heart, and especially if you are a huge dog lover. My son and his wife adopted 2 rescues from animal contro
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This short and very touching book serves as a reminder that life is precious. While our country has made great strides keeping dogs alive in spite them being unwanted, the killing persists. The cruelty of people that don’t take responsibility for their dogs and simply drop them off at an animal shelter when they tire of the animal or when they age sicken me. Toby the pit bull fits in this category and his voice as well of other dogs will hopefully open peoples eyes. This is a sad read but life a ...more
Megan Hewes
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever wondered why you should adopt a dog this is it

Lowrey perfectly captures the struggle of a little black pitty in a shelter that could be anywhere and the day in and day out struggle shelter workers and volunteers face trying to help him maintain and the heartbreak that comes when sometimes our best efforts are just not enough.

Poignant and honest, this is worth a read for anyone considering adopting or fostering, working in the shelter system, or providing support to a loved one who
Brenda L Brandon
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can't sugarcoat this.. this book is heartbreaking... If you ever think of adopting an animal please remember it is for life... don't take it lightly, thinking we'll keep it 'til.. if we have to, we can turn it over to the animal shelter, they'll find a good home for it... if the poor animal is lucky, they will.. if not, it will stay in the shelter for months until it's spirit is broken and all hope is lost... I realize things happen can and will happen in life that can't be foretold and there is ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read

I gave this book five stars. It conveys a perspective on the lives of dogs in animal shelters everywhere. The book is well written, so much that I read it in it's entirety in one sitting. If you read this book and are not lucky enough to have an adopted pet, it will motivate you to drive to your closest animal shelter and adopt or volunteer. I will be recommending this book to friends and colleagues.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Toby is a sweet, young black pitbull puppy who is surrendered to a shelter after his family learns they are expecting another child. It is told from Toby's point of view while living with the family and living at the shelter.

This book is INCREDIBLY sad and will leave you wanting to adopt 500 dogs from the shelter ASAP.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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