Forever a Special Place in My Heart

@Corbin5 (100029)
United States
December 29, 2017 11:36am CST
When I was teaching, I do wish my classroom library had contained a copy of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin. If Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love had been in my possession before I retired from teaching, I would have read this book to every single classroom of students I had the privilege to teach. I would have read this book to my colleagues. I would have read this book to anyone who would listen. I would have allowed others to read my copy of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love only if the borrower understood that this book be returned to me immediately upon completion. My sharing of Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love would have been done to inspire others to become the kind of people Mr. Levin describes: "For all people who strive to comfort and help suffering animals: the lost and the frightened, the abused and the hunted, the abandoned and the captured, and those that should be in a better place than where they are." As for Oogy, I will only provide one of the many special moments shared by Oogy and his owner, Larry Levin: "I nodded at him, kissed him on the top of his skull, rubbed both sides of his head behind his ear and his unear, feeling the rough line of scar tissue that holds his face together." I will share Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love with friends and family, but they will have to promise to return this treasure to me. Thank you @amadeo for sending this wonderful book to me. This book will always have a special place in my heart.
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@FayeHazel (16539)
• United States
29 Dec
That is special... what a nice and thoughtful gift
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
It was a wonderful gift. So thoughtful of Alfredo to send me that book.
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@andriaperry (46450)
• United States
29 Dec
Its wonderful when a book touches the heart like this one did you.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
It really made an impact upon me. I hope it does to many others too.
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@Angela150 (958)
• London, England
29 Dec
I would like to read this one day.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
I think you would really enjoy the book.
• London, England
29 Dec
@Corbin5 Ok I will add it to my reading list
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
@kobesbuddy (40818)
• East Tawas, Michigan
29 Dec
Animal and child abuse are the worst crimes on God's green earth! To abuse a dog such as this one, is unthinkable:(
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
And, there are so many out there that continue to abuse. Too many to catch, round up, and lock away forever.
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@kobesbuddy (40818)
• East Tawas, Michigan
29 Dec
@Corbin5 It's a hideous crime, against the innocent! My girlfriend Pam had a rescue bull dog. His teeth in the front were knocked back, from receiving a swift kick in the mouth:(
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
@kobesbuddy So heartbreaking. Those who abuse innocent animals, more often than not, move on to abuse humans too.
@Susan2015 (20161)
• United States
29 Dec
It does sound like a good book.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
It is a wonderful book. I rarely reread a book, but this one is definitely worthy of many reads.
• United States
29 Dec
Aw so happy this book is such a beautiful treasure for you Deborah! It sounds there are not many books to compete with this one.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
Yes, my friend, this one is a very special book. A book worthy or rereading again and again.
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@TRBRocks420 (73828)
• Banks, Oregon
29 Dec
Now that sounds like my kind of book.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
You would really enjoy this book TR!
@bunnybon7 (35527)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Dec
sounds like a book all should read. problem is i think people that are mean to animals and abusive you can not help. i think trying to make them understand how they should be to Gods wonderful things he gave us, never seems to work. of course thats not to say it won't work with children. i think if those abusers were raised differently and had a special pet as a child. that might work. but i have known adults nothing changed their nasty heart.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
If schools were required to teach humane education from day one, this world would be a better place. The USA gets a grade of D in animal welfare due to the lack of humane education and cruel slaughter practices.
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@bunnybon7 (35527)
• Holiday, Florida
30 Dec
@Corbin5 you are so right there. i still think though this country treats them better then most. except maybe India. that is probably the best place for animals
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
30 Dec
@bunnybon7 Austria, England, Switzerland and Germany are the top four. The US is way down on the list.
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@rebelann (38914)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Dec
It sounds like it's somewhat of a tear jerker.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
It is, but it is more inspiring than sad.
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@rebelann (38914)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Dec
Does it inspire you to go out and adopt an injured pet @Corbin5 ?
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
@rebelann It does. We adopted Ashley, a gorgeous toy poodle, who was abandoned on Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Ashley had epilepsy and diabetes, but we adopted him and provided the medical care he needed to treat both maladies. He did lose his sight due to diabetes years later. He was one special pup. Will have to have a discussion with Molly and she how it goes regarding adopting a pet who suffers from illness or injury.
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@shaggin (36286)
• United States
29 Dec
Aww so happy to see you have read it already and love it so much! Maybe if you know other people who would enjoy it buy them a copy when you have to think of a gift for them.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
Yes, I do know many people who would love this book as a gift. I rarely keep books, but this one is a keeper.
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@Madshadi (8951)
• Brussels, Belgium
29 Dec
Sounds like a very good book. Too bad you couldn't share it with your students
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
Yes, the book came out a bit too late, but I do hope some teacher out there shares this book with his or her students.
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@KristenH (23308)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
29 Dec
Aww that's so sweet. Sounds like a great story to read and share with others.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
It really is a wonderful read. Hopefully, many will be inspired after reading this one.
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@KristenH (23308)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
29 Dec
@Corbin5 I hope you're right.
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@amadeo (61718)
• United States
29 Dec
that is great there Deb.Well said there.You had me tearing again.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
The words used by Mr. Levin are beyond beautiful, my friend. I will return to this book again and again to read those words that are of the most tender kind imaginable. Tearing up is a given with this marvelous book.
@JudyEv (118946)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec
That sounds a wonderful book. There are a couple of special books I will never part with although one I will have to re-purchase as it hasn't come back from the last person I lent it too - and I can't remember who that was.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
29 Dec
Oh yes, many a great book can go missing when given to another to read. I do hope you find the one that has not come back to you.
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@ridingbet (47109)
• Philippines
30 Dec
i shed a tear when i read about the abuses of human beings do to their pet dogs. i think i get so emotional when i read dogs that are abandoned and i feel hatred to their owners. the dog in the picture lost an ear, am i right? i am so sorry.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
30 Dec
Yes, he was used as a bait dog in dogfighting. He was only a little over two months old when he was severely injured by other dogs.
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@ridingbet (47109)
• Philippines
31 Dec
@Corbin5 i think and i hope the dog is still alive.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
31 Dec
@ridingbet Well, Oogy passed away at age 12 surrounded by the family that loved him so much.
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@nela13 (5066)
• Portugal
30 Dec
Seems a wonderful book, I will try to find it in my country.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
30 Dec
I hope you can find it. It is a wonderful book.
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@nela13 (5066)
• Portugal
30 Dec
@Corbin5 It seems the kind of story that I like.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
30 Dec
@DianneN (74433)
• United States
30 Dec
The book sounds very touching. So happy you are enjoying it so much.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
30 Dec
It is a keeper for sure. Such beautiful words expressed in that book by Mr. Levin.
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@DianneN (74433)
• United States
30 Dec
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@Shiva49 (12076)
• Singapore
30 Dec
We need the reminder all the time to be grateful to our fellow travelers for giving us their company and even showing us the way how to live and let others live. Then how to love another in the purest form - siva
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
30 Dec
Such wise words you have shared here, my friend.
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@Tampa_girl7 (24901)
• United States
30 Dec
I must read it now. It was so very nice for @amadeo to send it to you.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
30 Dec
It was such a wonderful surprise. Mr. Levin shares the beauty that occurs when one loves an animal.
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@yanzalong (10150)
• Indonesia
30 Dec
It must be a very good book.
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@Corbin5 (100029)
• United States
30 Dec
It is an excellent book, for sure.