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Tea and Dog Biscuits: Our First Topsy-Turvy Year Fostering Orphan Dogs

 
 
Author
Barrie Hawkins.
Publisher Chicago Review  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781569763414
Pages/Publication Date 254/2010
Daedalus Item Code 61773
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The co-founder and chairman of the German shepherd rescue group GSD Homefinders, Barrie Hawkins didn't quite realize what he and his wife Dorothy were getting themselves into when they took on the challenge of rescuing and fostering orphan dogs. Every canine character here has a surprise in store, including Monty, the dog with a taste for cheese; Oscar, who had never been walked or played with but found a new zest for life at the age of 12; and Digby, the enormous ex–guard dog who, when he's not squashing daisies, is squashing Barrie's foot. In this uplifting, heartwarming collection of true dog tales, Barrie tells how they did whatever it takes to change these dogs' lives for the better.

"After losing Elsa, their German shepherd, author Barrie Hawkins and his wife, Dorothy, decided to rescue what they call orphan dogs—dogs whose owners could no longer keep them, dogs who had been abused or neglected, dogs too big for other fostering groups to take in. German shepherds who needed a good home. This truly heartwarming book begins with the arrival of a former junkyard guard dog, sans collar or any other means of control, who becomes dog number seven after the author corrals him with a rugby tackle. Backtracking to their start in the work of rehoming needy dogs, the author recounts the decision to foster just prior to his wife's major surgery, and of the two new dogs who awaited her when she came home. He tells of Mille, the World's Smallest German Shepherd, and of how she saved her widowed new owner as much as he saved her. Of Jess, the dog who was supposed to be euthanized because of a revenge-seeking boyfriend, and how Jess ended up as a police dog. Of the brother-sister pair who were adopted by a motorcycle-riding gay couple; of Oscar, who spent 11 years shut in a pen and who had to be taught to play; and of Friend, found emaciated and covered with sores, who so thrived with his new owners that the author didn't recognize him the next time he saw him. This lovely book brings smiles and tears in equal amounts."—Booklist

 
 
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