Written by Lisa Begin-Kruysman
BOOK REVIEW- IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL DOG WEEK
and, as part of our ‘foster’ series
Disclaimer: Her and her dogs received a copy of the book from the author as a collaborative effort to generate awareness about fostering and National Dog Week. The feedback and opinions shared in this post are ours, expressed in our words. We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. It is our choice, and a pleasure to introduce this book to our followers.
The first thing that impressed me about this book is the way author Lisa Begin-Kruysman infuses many valuable lessons for children, into the story:
-the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the lives of community members
-black shelter animals are less likely to be adopted than other cats and dogs
-why it is necessary to ‘apply’ to adopt a pet
-there are other types of animals available for adoption; not just cats and dogs
Each character in the book is unique and full of personality – just like the dogs and cats at a shelter for whom they are advocating.
Although fictional, this story will resonate with many readers:
Roxy Rhodes is a young girl with an older brother and younger sister. When first introduced to Roxy, she is in class. An assignment issued by her teacher reveals the grief the young girl is experiencing following the recent loss of the beloved family dog, Tippy. A release of emotion follows – for Roxy and those reading her story.
It is impossible not to empathize with this little girl and her family. Although I had a lump in my throat, I continued to read about Roxy and how, with the help of her family, friends, and classmates, her sadness lessened by the desire to help all dogs find their forever home.
Roxy is a remarkable example for young people: a beautiful, caring, compassionate and generous child. It warms my heart to learn of children who, like her, appreciate their good fortune and selflessly choose to forego birthday gifts in exchange for donations to shelters or other children in need.
That is what National Dog Week is all about. It’s about giving every dog a good home and being nice to humans, too, because that is who takes care of the dogs.
The mission’s founder, Captain Will Judy believed that, whenever possible, all young people should have a dog. He felt it taught them to care for other living beings.
I hope this tender tale will inspire families to foster, and together experience the life-changing difference this selfless act makes to the lives of animals in need.
Beautifully written, A COLLAR AND A DREAM: WHEN WE FOSTERED FURLEY is a story of loss, love, hope, and most importantly, the celebration of all dogs.
Lisa Begin-Kruysman is the National Dog Week Blogger and an award-winning author of fictional works. Lisa resides in New Jersey Shore with her foster-to-forever dog Teddy. To learn more about this celebration, please consider purchasing Dog’s Best Friend: Will Judy, Founder of National Dog Week and Dog World Publisher.
Thank you, Lisa for inviting us to share this compassionate story. Thank you also for your generous donation of books to be used as auction items to raise funds for shelter animals.
Click to purchase a copy of A COLLAR AND A DREAM: WHEN WE FOSTERED FURLEY
Perhaps, one day, this week will be a Global celebration of dogs, and they will all be safe.
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