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

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,253 ratings  ·  425 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-
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Threshold Editions (first published 2007)
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Feb 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dogs, 2008-books-read
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
Jan 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
SheriC (PM)
I wanted to like this book, because it was a gift from my sister, and because it was about a rescue pup and the family who loved him. Despite all this, I found it dull and badly written. The language has been simplified to literally a 5th grade reading level, per Flesch Kincaid. Thus we are treated to such descriptive and emotional delights as:

"Her injury was fatal, and we were all devastated, especially my mother and grandfather."

"I looked at them with disgust and stormed out the door."

"She wa
Dec 30, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Eva Marie
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ppl who like personal dog stories
Recommended to Eva Marie 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
Dec 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Bev Sykes
Jul 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Rosemary Biggio
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Allison Beall
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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!
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 book, ...more
I appreciate that Mark Levin and his family loved their dog Sprite and suffered when the dog became ill and they made the decision to have him put to sleep.
As a book, it becomes somewhat repetitive as Mark tells us many times how much he loves Sprite and how he is suffering both the potential loss and then the actual loss, and how he second=guesses the decisions he made in regards to Sprite's health care and the decision to put the dog to sleep. Mark agonizes, I sympathize. That doesn't make i
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 15, 2008 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
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Christina by: my dad
my dad gave each of my brothers and me this book as a Christmas present and he added that it was so good that it made him cry. So i am reading it because it made my dad cry and i'm interested in that because my dad doesn't cry. i read a few pages from it every night before bed and it's all i can do to keep myself from spitting in it and throwing it against the wall because it's not sad, it's retarded. it might get better, i'll let you know. ...more
Jessica Slates
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My Dad got this book for me a few days after we had to put our beloved, beautiful golden retriever, Tucker, to sleep. I was terribly heartbroken (and still am), and this book was very comforting to me. It was a quick read, and I saw a side of Mark Levin (who is on the complete opposite side of the political fence from me) that I never would have imagined. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever loved and lost a four-legged furbaby.
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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." ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a sweet book but I couldn't finish it because my dog will be 16 years old in a couple of months and this book is too close to what I am processing right now with my sweet wonderful dog. I see her slowing down on her walks, sleeping more during the day and cutting back on how much she eats. I know she is headed into her descent.

I wish I could have finished this book because I love dogs and I love to hear their stories.
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