G1170 Book review of Hurricane Dog by Sunny Weber
Author: Sunny Weber
Publisher: Pups and Purrs Press
Part of a Series: Pups and Purrs
Type of book: dogs, hurricane, bonded pair, judgment, Louisiana to Colorado, life, milestones, pit bull, puppy mill, responsibility, survival
Year it was published: 2019
How a boy and his dog helped save a nation's pets.Pit bull mix Gator and puppy mill survivor Magnolia are abandoned during a Louisiana hurricane. They suffer dehydration and starvation after rescuers take their people to safety but leave the pets behind. Saved from their flooded house, Gator and Magnolia recover but remain homeless. Nobody wants a pit bull. Gator's resentment festers into intense hatred for Gavin, the boy who left them to die. He vows to never trust again.Transported to Colorado with other refugee pets, Gator and Magnolia face the uncertainty of a new life. Eventually they are fostered by a kind woman who seems mysteriously familiar. Both dogs relax in their new lives until upheaval again throws them into chaos.Overwhelmed by trauma, Gator and Magnolia cling to one another through change after change. Will they be separated? Will Gator forgive the Great Betrayal and love again?"
Main character includes Gator, a pit bull dog mix as well as his companion Magnolia. Gator is best described as loyal, easy going and often worries about the future and Magnolia. Magnolia is a puppy mill survivor who gets overwhelmed with too much change and enjoys learning about Gators world and what being a dog means. The human characters are also prominent and are given wonderful personalities.
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The story is in third person narrative from Gators point of view, and it begins with when his human, Gavin, is given a puppy to teach him responsibility in taking care of a pet. Throughout the years spanning in the book, the reader becomes privy to the family events, learning to bond with both people and animals, which makes the upcoming situation that much crueler.
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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
Quite often people who abandon pets for one reason or another are often portrayed as evil. In this story though, what if at the time you had no choice but to do what you did? What would be the consequences for that decision? Hurricane Dog by Sunny Weber dares to examine those questions through Gators story. At the time Hurricane Katrina rolled into Louisiana, my family and I had very limited understanding of pet abandonment and what it does to humans and animals. I am ashamed to admit that I did not understand what the big deal was. Luckily I understand a whole lot better now. For me this was a truly heartbreaking story because Sunny Weber doesn't shy away from exposing the cruelties of being stuck within a hurricane while people had no choice but to leave pets behind. The family that took care of Gator and his partner Magnolia are very good hearted people who had to make a very difficult decision.
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Nov 19 – FUONLYKNEW – book review The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 19 - Blooming with Books – book review From Wild to Mild / guest post / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks, and Books – book review Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 20 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 21 –Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 21 - Svetlana's reads and views – book review Hurricane Dog
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Nov 22 – Jypsylynn – book review of Hurricane Dog
Nov 22 - FUONLYKNEW – book review of Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 22 – My Journey Back – book review Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review of Hurricane Dog / giveaway
Nov 25 - Blooming with Books – book review The Dog at the Gate / giveaway
Nov 26 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of From Wild to Mild / giveaway
Nov 26 - Books for Books – book review Hurricane Dog
Nov 27 – Locks, Hooks, and Books – book review From Wild to Mild / giveaway
Nov 27 - Svetlana's reads and views – book review The Dog at the Gate
Nov 28 – My Journey Back – book review From Wild to Mild / giveaway
Nov 29 - Jypsylynn – book review of From Wild to Mild
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)