If you loved Marley and Me and are looking for another great tale of man’s best friend, Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin is the novel for you. Oogy is a moving tale of a loving dog that started off life in terrible circumstances.
Oogy was used as a bait dog, but was rescued by police officials and brought to a clinic with staff that cared and patched the poor, horrifically wounded dog. When Larry Levin and his twin sons (Noah and Dan) brought their cat in to be put to sleep one fateful day, they met and fell in love with Oogy.
Oogy was a kind-hearted and gentle dog despite his wounded appearance. The Levins adopted Oogy and soon shared a special relationship with him unlike any other.
I really enjoyed this story. I was more than a little disturbed by Oogy’s background story and about fighting dogs, especially when Levin quoted the numbers. It is hard to believe how many poor dogs are victimized this way. Levin gave a great description of Oogy’s background, adoption, and life within the Levin family. Of even more interest to me was the personal part of the story. Levin described the adoption of his twin sons and background of his own family. It was a great story and was great how Oogy’s adoption into the family made the boys feel even more loved.
I listened to the audiobook version of this story as read by Joe Barrett. I liked his voice and thought he did a great job of bringing the story to life. It was a good heartwarming tale to listen to in the cold of winter.
Overall, I thought Oogy was a great uplifting tale of a dog and his family. I would recommend this to anyone who has or has had a dog. It was a memoir and dog story in the same vein as Marley and Me.
Audiobook Source: Review Copy from Hachette Book Group. Thank-you!