Troutbirder II

Troutbirder II
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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

As the stars fall

His name is dog. We don’t know why people haven’t named him yet. But we do know he lived in a big city in an alleyway with his pack. That is with his mother and siblings. Actually, he’s just a puppy and His mom and siblings have been taken away by the dog catchers. So this puppy is barely scraping an existence in the alleyway. He wanders about sniffing the ground for scraps of something to eat. He is alone, frightened, exhausted and meeting mean people who either ignore him or hurt him. It's a great story and here's why.
     At the beginning of a very sad introduction the book seems a little too slow till a young girl named Mia discovers Dog shivering and hiding in cardboard box. After petting the puppy gently Mia
 tells her father that Dog is injured and very sick and they have to help him. After much ado her father agrees.
     Of course, this must be a love story but remembering the author writes mysteries one never knows where he might take us in writing a book about a dog.

·        I read on to see  where the story went. It happens that cruel people abandon dogs in the countryside.  Unable to fend for themselves unless they are in a pack, dogs can only be saved by humans. We inherited such a dog when a farm family took her in on Easter Sunday and named her Lily. Later when that family was unable to care for Lily because of serious illness in their own family. Mrs. T and I in a sense  inherited a rescue dog and it was love at first sight. For certain, I was going to love this book because the story at the beginning seemed all too familiar. The first few chapters then seemed more like like déjà vu. It didn't stay that way though. Time passed and the little girl grew up and so did Kai his new human name, became a really big boy perhaps even a
  German Shepherd cross. There were Many adventures good times and much love. Mia had previously lost her mother due to cancer and so the new pack was Mia Kais Alpha master and dad. There were many adventures and much love. Kai explained all this in the way only a dog would think can understand. You see it all from the dog's point of view and that view turned darker and darker. Mia disappears and Kai doesn't understand why and he searches and searches just like he did at the beginning of the story for his mother and siblings's.

·        cancer. As the plot thickens our hero dog ends up starving under impossible circumstances. Thus like any good detective story we are drawn to the finish where the final truth will be revealed. Perhaps the  If you are a dog lover as millions are this story is for people of all ages. It is required reading. I highly recommend this book. It is indeed a remarkable and wonderful story


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  1. We once rescued a dog abandoned in the country in winter. We found a home for him nearby.

  2. Sound like a box of tissues book:)

  3. Thanks for reviewing my book, Troutbirder. I'm pleased you enjoyed it and that it struck a chord with regard to your precious Lily. She was so lucky to find you!

  4. Dear Ray, I'll see if our library has the book in audio form as that's how I need to do my "reading" now. I do love animal stories but have to admit that when they end with death I find myself sobbing. Hope all is well. Peace.

  5. We've had two dogs (thus far!). There's something very special about rescue dogs. I think my daughter would enjoy this book. I'm always on the lookout for reading material for her. Thank you for reviewing!

  6. I have never owned a dog but enjoy reading about their impact on other lives.

  7. It sounds like the dog dies and it's hard to read a book that going in you know doesn't end well for the dog. I'm not sure this is one I could read but appreciate the review. Thanks!

    1. Dont any assumptions about anything in this book. The author is a famous mystery writer in England :)

  8. Feral animals have such a hard time. Our good friend adopted two feral cats that grew up in the streets. It has taken years for them to settle down, but only for her. We visit her home often but haven't seen the cats more than a handful of times. - Margy

  9. I used to volunteer in an animal shelter when I lived in NYC. Stories such as this book and your Lily warm my heart. Thanks for sharing!