I hate reading pet books. I fear the worst. I was the last person on the planet to read “Marley and Me.” I knew that he died. I am not good when an animal dies even if it’s not my own.
Most of it I read on a plane. I laughed so hard the guy next to me asked what I was reading. When I showed him he just smiled. “Yes, I read that. It’s great.”
It wasn’t bad when Marley died. Maybe a little sad but he had a great life with an understanding (and accommodating) family.
A blogger friend wrote a book about his dog Ray. This was a “no-brainer.” Ray was still alive so I didn’t have to put it off or dread it.
Ray was a rescue dog with a bunch of unsociable habits. He was also a big dog at 75 pounds.
It’s hard controlling 75 pounds of energy especially when a disagreement happens. I had trouble with my old 15 pound cat. He could wiggle out of anything. A regular Houdini he was.
Back to Ray, I read the book and for anyone who loves pets, it’s a must read. It’s well-written and chronicles the journey since his adoption in 2013.
Ray has gone from scared and unpredictable to a loving and happy dog. It wasn’t always easy. There were some “one step forward, two steps back” moments.
A bright dog, Ray picks up quick on how to get treats. There are some chapters that I would title “Who’s Training Who?”
His humans think that they trained him. They have socialized him in a way that he never had been before. But he’s done some subtle (or not so subtle) people training. He can get most any store owner to give him a treat with his “puppy stare.” You know what that is. Most people are defenseless against a skilled puppy stare.
I learned a lot of things about dogs from this book. Dog training has changed from the old days of chaining or locking them in a room.
All you pet lovers! Read the book! It’s available from Amazon or most anyplace you buy books. The proceeds from this book are donated to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society (OMHS). This is the group that rescued and gave Ray early training so he was adoptable.
Author: Colin Chappell
Title: Who Said I Was Up For Adoption?
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You can click here for Colin’s blog, A Dog’s Life
Please note: I was not paid for this review. I just like the book. This post was published over the objections of my three cats.