I recently finished a new book on the adoption of a dog. Ooogy: the dog only a family could love, is the story about the Levin family and their adopted dogo Oogy. Oogy was rescued when a house was raided for drugs. The police found him in a crate beaten, bloodied, and near death. He had, at a very young age, been used as bait for training fight dogs. The ASPCA recommended they take him to the Ardmore Animal Hospital knowing they were less likely to put him down. When one of the workers of the hospital saw Oogy, she insisted the vet operate and save him. She refused to let him die. A few months post surgery, the Levin family, dad and twin sons, brought their sick cat in to be put to sleep and out ran Oogy to greet them. Despite his partially missing jaw and 1.5 ears, the three immediately fell for him. He was happy and loving and beautiful, despite his “ugliness”! Eventually, the family was able to take him home. The book tells the story of how Oogy became a part of this family, their discovery that he was not a pitbull but a dogo (a breed known for their kindness, gentleness, and non-aggressive behavior), and their persistence in keeping him safe and well. Larry Levin, the author and dad, promised Oogy that he’d never have to suffer as he did during his first few months of life.
In the later chapters, Levin talks about, in particular, HIS connection with Oogy. He believes Oogy was brought into their life for a reason, and he believes that he and Oogy can speak to each other; they truly understand one another. When I saw this book and the cover of this dog with a lopsided face and one ear, I knew I had to read it! My dog, Zoe, although not maimed in any way, was close to being put to sleep when I adopted her. At the time we chose each other, I didn’t know she was as close as she was. They waited to tell me until I picked her up. I felt so good about my choice!Like Levin, we belong together. Like Oogy, we’ve had our challenging behavior (mostly both dogs just wanting attention!), but like the Levin’s, I wouldn’t change it. Animals play such a significant part in our lives. It is stories like the Levin’s that are truly uplifting and inspirational.
Next, I can’t wait to read The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s dogs and their tale of rescue and redemption. I must be trying to put myself in a doggy depression (but really they have good endings!) .