Nicknames: Maebe baebe, Baebe, Lil' Biggy, Big E, BG, Maebe-cakes, Baebe-cakes
Gotcha Date: September 4th 2007
Birthday: April 1st 2001
Likes: squeaky toys, napping in a sunspot, walks
Pet-Peeves: she's not fond of her crate
Favorite Toy: Yertle the Turtle (a Ruffian squeaky toy)
Favorite Food: baby carrots, chicken jerky
Favorite Walk: Badger Mountain
Best Tricks: Ask her: "Who's the best one?" and she'll raise a paw
Arrival Story: The -- link removed -- was packed with animals during an August heat wave. They couldn't leave the dogs outside for long in the heat, so they had dogs everywhere...in offices, conference rooms, at the desk. They asked their volunteers to please consider fostering a dog through the heat wave. We did, and Maebe got along so well with Lyle and Spring that we decided to keep her.
Bio: Maebe is incredibly sweet. She loves to be near her people! For a dog that spent over a month in the shelter, she is very well adjusted.
I've seen a bunch of our old Dogster pals returning here to update diaries and post photos. Hooray! Let's hope this is a lasting friend. I always love to hear from our pals.
For you dog lit lovers, I hope you've been reading. If not, here are a couple of winners for you.
Suspect by Robert Crais. He's been one of our favorites for some time. His Elvis Cole novels are a hoot. Suspect is a stand alone with new characters. Maggie is a military dog who is wounded on duty and her handler is killed. (That's not much of a spoiler since it happens in the first chapter.) She is evaluated as a police dog but has PTSD and seems too nervous for the job. Enter Scott, a police officer with some of the same issues. Maggie and Scott's relationship is the heart of the book...I actually found that more interesting than the mystery Scott is trying to solve. Mr. Crais promises we'll hear more from Maggie and Scott (we saw him at the Tucson Festival of Books and he said so!) and I for one am looking forward to it!
Next, Dog Days by Elsa Watson has to go on my list of dog book faves. It's basically Freaky Friday with a dog-phobic woman and a stray dog. Lightning strikes and Bam! they are in each other's bodies. It will make you laugh till you cry and then maybe cry just a little in parts but Yay! There is a happy ending. It's clever, creative and totally enjoyable.
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron was recommended to us a long time ago but it took forever for me and the Ma'am to get it from the library since 8 people had it on hold before us. So we were really looking forward to it--if that many people wanted to read it, it must be good, right?
Well, I liked it. And the Boss Ma'am liked it. But we don't think everyone would. It's hard to tell you much about the book without a big spoiler. So if you think you want to read the book and don't want us to ruin any surprises, just know this: if the story of the Rainbow Bridge is important to you, this is not the book for you.
Now for the **Spoiler Alert**--I won't spill it all, I promise.
The book is told by a dog, actually a puppy, born on the streets and then rescued by a kindly, if maybe overwhelmed, group of people who keep him in a large open yard with lots of other dogs. They're all pretty happy there until a new dog, a former fighting dog, is brought in. The hierarchy of the pack is disrupted and eventually Toby, the puppy, suffers an injury. Shortly thereafter, the rescue group is shut down, and all the dogs taken to shelters. Toby is deemed "unadoptable" due to his injury. He's taken to a chamber...a funny noise...he gets very sleepy...
But wait! We say. It's only the first few pages! Toby will escape. Toby will find the perfect family. What the hey?!?
Nope. Toby is gassed. Grab your first tissue. While you're at it, grab the box. You're going to need it.
See, Toby is then reincarnated as Bailey, a beloved family dog. But then...you guessed it. Next he's a she--a police dog trained in search and rescue. Ellie is confused about why she keeps coming back to new lives, but as a rescue dog, she is sure that she has found her purpose: helping people. The lessons she learned as Toby and Bailey have brought her to this point. So she is sure that this will be her final life.
She's wrong. She returns once more as a puppy from a backyard breeder. She's a He again, chained up in a backyard to a loving but neglectful family. He escapes and finds himself in familiar territory--his old hometown as Bailey. His Bailey years were his happiest--he had a boy he loved more than anything.
It's 44 years later and he smells some familiar scents around. He learns what his purpose really is.
I'll leave it at that so you have something to look forward to!
Welcome back to the Book Club! Gosh, it's been a long time. We've been reading, the Boss Ma'am and I, but not so many dog books. We have caught up with all of David Rosenfelt's dog friendly mysteries, which I highly recommend. He's got a new one just out...Dog Tags which is definitely on my wish list.
Today our book is One Good Dog by Susan Wilson. It's not your usual man meets dog love story. Well, actually, in some ways it is, but in this case it takes a while for the two to learn to love each other. Fitting, since they're not really all that lovable and it takes the reader a while to grow to love them too.
Adam, the human main character, is a self made man. He has managed to rise to wealth and success from a humble start in foster homes. Unfortunately what he's made of himself isn't all good. He's arrogant and has a bad temper, which causes him to lose everything and end up doing community service at a local homeless shelter (the kind for humans, not dogs!).
The canine main character (who doesn't get a name until much later in the story) tells his own tale. He's a fighting dog--a "gladiator" in his words--who ends up in the shelter (the animal kind this time) when the fighting ring is discovered. He ends up on the streets, back in the shelter, and eventually with Adam as a case of mistaken identity.
These two have issues, no doubt about it. Both are arrogant in their own way, but both are good at heart. Finding the good takes a while. But as is so often the case in these stories, they come to depend on each other and both are better for the relationship they've developed.
It's not an easy book to read. Adam is not a likable guy much of the time. The dog's description of the fighting world is unpleasant. I still recommend it because, well, I'm a sucker for a happy ending...and these two deserved theirs.