Fans of classics like Black Beauty, Thomasina, and Beautiful Joe, which feature redemptive bonds between animals and people, will find The Dog at the Gate: How a Throwaway Dog Becomes Special offers a touching tale of love and triumph.
The Dog at the Gate: How a Throwaway Dog Becomes Special by Sunny Weber
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 246 pages
Genre: animals/pets | Content Rating: G
Publisher: Pups & Purrs Press | Release date: Oct 6, 2017
Tour dates: Nov 11 to Dec 2, 2019
Can a dog like Max go from years without a bath to unconditional love and acceptance?
Or will his new family abandon him again?
Puppy Max doesn’t have the easiest start in life. He faces hunger, living alone outside, a vicious dog next door, and menacing raccoons. Just when he thinks it can’t get any worse, he is abandoned at an animal shelter.
Max is rescued and fostered in a home complete with canine companions - Miles, a benevolent fellow Australian Shepherd, and cantankerous, bossy little Muffin. He also lives with three cats, two parakeets, and one incredible mistress.
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REVIEW BY LAWonder10:
Max lived in a comfortable home with his Mother. His siblings had all been taken aay somewhere. Now the was humans taking him away, too!
The man didn't look or act nice toward him. The little boy and girl seemed nice enough. However, when he arrived at the house, they put him in a closed yard with an old blanket and that was all!
Many events happen in the first two years of his sad, lonely life, culminating with him bing taken to the animal shelter. Was he going to die?
After being very anxious and unable to eat or sleep, Max was saved!!
This is a bittersweet tale of one dogs life which is a partially, all too familiar, a tale of what happens to do many animals.
It, also, is a story one can relate to human experiences as well, making good discussion topics.
As with her other awesome books in the series, Sunny Weber has effectively captured her reader's undivided interest. This is a series which I highly recommend to all elementary, middle grade and teenaged students. I suggest to parents/educators to make this a part of family/group reading.
The characters are depicted in a very humanizing way and feel real.. The scenes are described in a way they are easily visualized.
The Book Cover Image and title are eye-catching and will appeal to "the browser".
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
The Dog at the Gate will help teach children to be kind to animals and learn that they have feelings.”
- Temple Grandin, PhD - CO State University, Professor of Animal Science
--Author of Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism
“This touching narrative, with its colorful characters and humane messaging. . .conveys a resonant message of empathy for mistreated and abandoned animals.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Weber’s writing is clear and poignant, and includes an engaging plot and compelling narrative.”
- Blue Ink Review
“Author Sunny Weber writes with a clean, uncomplicated style. Every chapter has a charming illustration. . . an addictive and emotional adventure. . . I highly recommend it. . .”
- Caitlin Lyle Farley, Five Star Review for Readers' Favorite / Barnes & Noble Bookstores
Meet the Author:
Sunny Weber has over 25 years of experience in animal welfare advocacy. She is a professional humane educator and believes compelling storytelling reflects her passion for seeing the world through the eyes of the animals she teaches about.
Real stories are Sunny’s key to making deep impressions on young minds, for the future of animal welfare lies in sensitive people who will have the power to alter the negative impacts of previous generations and bring about positive change for all inhabitants of our planet.
Sunny has developed educational programs regarding compassion, respect, and care of domestic and wild animals. She writes extensively on animal issues in fiction, non-fiction, and blogs.
Sunny lives in Colorado with dogs and cats. Their yard is a Certified Backyard Habitat for birds, squirrels, rabbits, pollinators, and any other creature with fur or feathers who wanders in.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Linked-In
Here is the tour schedule.