Gabby: The Little Dog That Had to Learn to Bark
Baby seagulls, mischievous ferrets, strutting peacocks...in the decades that Barby Keel has run her animal sanctuary in the English countryside, she has seen all manner of creatures. Thousands of cats and dogs have come through her doors and, with the aid of Barby and h ...more
This was a lovely, quick read and perfect for anyone who calls themselves an animal lover. I volunteer at a cat shelter myself, so it was nice to read about Barby's life at the sanctuary and recognise my own experiences in hers. It did a great job at portraying how negligent human beings can be towards animals and their own pets.
Though I rooted for Gabby, I did often feel like she was the side character in her own story. It read more like a memoir about Barby. The dialogue often came ac ...more
this book was heart warming story about a dog who had to learn how to be a dog again after being rehomed and also the authors journey through a serious illness. found the book to be an easy going read and delighful too and dog lovers would enjoy this book of bonding with animals.
Gabby: The Little Dog That Had to Learn to Bark is just the sort of book that restores my belief in humanity.
This is the story of Gabby, a little dog that had to learn how to be a dog. But mostly it is about Barby Keel and her wonderful Animal Sanctuary that never turns away any animal in need.
It was a nice change to read about an animal shelter that doesn't discriminant against certain species or breeds and goes above and beyond to find a safe place for them ...more
Gabby’s previous owners were elderly, but they had other normal, healthy dogs. How Gabby could have been kept untrained all those years is unknown. Barby kept Gabby herself and, slowly, Gabby came out of...more
Barby Keel is her usual feisty and cranky but yet caring and compassionate self.
In this story we hear the tale of Gabby a foster dog that arrives needing help to find her voice and overcome her lack of confidence.
Barby works incredibly hard with her but her biggest battle is about to begin with a diagnosis of breast Cancer.
Barby and Gabby both have to fight to overcome adversity but who is really helping who?
They both find immense comfort and a will ...more
After some spotlighting of the origins, growth, size, and population of the Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary, including the fleshing of a number of volunteers, we meet little Gabby, a Lhasa Apso/Yorkshire mix. Too adorable not to keep and love, too traumatized and lost to rehome, Barby keeps the eight-year-old and begins the lo ...more
This book opens our eyes to how we can help animals, both big and small. Imagine a bird with a broken wing. She takes them in and has them treated, releasing when healed.
The community comes together to support this animal shelter. ...more
She was sadly repetitive, saying over and over again that she bonded with this tiny dog, that they mirrored one another etc. She didn't find new words to express an idea all dog lovers already feel.
She also told readers 100 times that she was fiesty, spoke her mind, stubborn and had a hard time accepting ...more
As an animal rescue volunteer throughout the years at Brooklyn's BARC (Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition-no-k ...more
*Thanks to Netgalley and Kensing ...more
Such a great story!!! Thank you to Barby for sharing such a powerful story, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest revie ...more
Poor Gabby couldn't bark yet with enough tending loving care managed to overcome such obstacles to live a fulfilling life.
Meanwhile, Barby had her own trials and tribulations to endure and couldn't have succeeded without Gabby by her side.
It's a lovely reminder that dog's are a man's (or woman's) best friend.
Never forget that they have extra senses that can feel emotions, hear pain, and comfort those who needed comf ...more
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All ...more
I have to admit to having a soft spot when it comes to stories centered around animals and the tale of Gabby is especially memorable. It is a truly soul-touching of just how important our cherished pets are to our lives.
Barby Keel and Gabby teach each other, learn from each other and restore each other in the remarkable story. It’s a book of love and hope and resilience.
I liked the style of writing, the descriptions and found this book an engrossing and enjoyable read.
I loved Gabby and I loved Ms Keel story.
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
I so badly wanted to like this, I really did.
Only, I couldn't really get the feel for Gabby. I felt that I was only depicted Gabby through Barby's eyes, rather than writing about Gabby in her own merit and allowing me to become emotionally invested in her journey. There were continuous descriptions of how Barby felt about her, instead of portraying Gabby's personality, triumphs and losses, and allowing the reader t ...more