Rescuing Sprite is a personal true story by Mark R. Levin. Mark tells the reader about how he and his family rescued a great dog. To anyone’s best guess, the dog is a light-colored spaniel mix who the family names Sprite. Mark tells us about the good times he and his family had with Sprite and the great overall happiness that life with Sprite gave them. There were hardships too but it had more to do with Sprite’s health problems than with any issues with Sprite himself.
Sprite’s story is both a happy and a sad one. I laughed, I smiled, and I cried. It is obvious that Mark is an animal lover and I applaud him for sharing his story about the joy that his rescued dog has brought him and his family.
However, I had a really hard time getting into the book. After reading the first chapter, I almost decided to stop reading it. It was not very well written and was more of a rant-and-gloat which had nothing to do with Sprite at all. By rant, I mean that the author expressed a great deal of anger over things long since passed and issues which most people would have left behind a long time ago. By gloat, I mean that the author bragged about how he saved the life of a neighbor’s dog. Don’t get me wrong. I am glad he saved a dog. But I didn’t buy the book to read a biography. I wanted to know about Sprite.
After putting the book aside for a couple of weeks, I decided to give it another chance. I am glad to say that the story gets much better. In fact, I recommend that you avoid most of the first chapter. Start reading the book from the last two sentences of the first chapter, “Goldfish, turtles, and hamsters are pets. Dogs are family.” I couldn’t have said it any better than that.
In chapter two, Mark tells the reader more about the family’s first dog, Pepsi. In chapter three, he talks about how he and his family went about rescuing Sprite. Later in the book, the reader learns that Sprite is older than originally thought and that Sprite has some health concerns. Despite these drawbacks, further chapters give the reader more insight as to how Sprite made everything in life more meaningful. Chapters six starts to get emotional as Sprite’s health worsens. And the succeeding chapters tell the reader about Sprite’s last days, his passing on, and how the author and his family dealt with losing their beloved pet.
Overall, the story is a good one. The memories the author shares seem a bit unorganized at times. And sometimes he wanders off subject to talk about himself. You won’t find much suspense in this story. And you probably won’t find yourself being drawn into it and led from chapter to chapter. But Rescuing Sprite is still a worthwhile read. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book are donated to animal shelters.