Book Review – “One Good Dog” by Susan Wilson

One Good Dog

I loved this book!  “One Good Dog” is very well written and a difficult to put down.  I was so engaged in the story, that I finished it in just a few nights.  When I did have to put it down, I couldn’t help but to continue to think about the story.

“One Good Dog” is about two separate dysfunctional lives who come together and make life better.  One life is from the perspective of a pit bull mix dog.  He starts out his life in the pits as a fighting dog.  He is abused and forced to live in a tiny cage and is only brought out to go to the bathroom or to fight.  The other life is of a man who grew up in foster homes.  His early life with nothing drives him to succeed as a white collar executive who has everything.  Or at least he thinks he has everything.  He is arrogant and spoiled and is concerned more about his job and being obeyed by his underlings than he is about his family.

This man makes a huge mistake at work, a mistake which also happens to be against the law.  He is fired from his corporate job and forced into community service.  Jobless, and unable to get another job due to his criminal record, his volunteer service at a homeless shelter becomes his focus.  No, it is not an animal shelter, it is a homeless shelter.  But one of the regulars at the shelter who has a dog will eventually lead our man to the pit bull dog in need.

In the meantime, the pit bull dog is rescued and taken to a shelter.  Because he is a pit bull, it is hard for the shelter to place him in a good home.  He ends up in a not-so-good home and his owner eventually lets him loose on the streets.  He lives on the streets for some time before finding himself back in the shelter again.

That is where the man finds him.  But the story doesn’t end there.  There is conflict with the dog’s previous owners who used him for fighting and conflict between the man and his daughter who hates him.  The man who had only taken the dog out of reluctance eventually bonds with him.  The man learns that the true joys in life are not the fancy cars that you drive or the amount of respect you can demand from other people.  The dog learns that life is not about fighting and that people can be a source of love and security.

It is a very heartwarming story and worth every page on which it is written.  If you have a chance, I strongly recommend you read this story about a man and a dog who  were each given a second chance at happiness – and succeeded. 

I loved this book!  “One Good Dog” is very well written and a difficult to put down.  I was so engaged in the story, that I finished it in just a few nights.  When I did have to put it down, I couldn’t help but to continue to think about the story.

“One Good Dog” is about two separate dysfunctional lives who come together and make life better.  One life is from the perspective of a pit bull mix dog.  He starts out his life in the pits as a fighting dog.  He is abused and forced to live in a tiny cage and is only brought out to go to the bathroom or to fight.  The other life is of a man who grew up in foster homes.  His early life with nothing drives him to succeed as a white collar executive who has everything.  Or at least he thinks he has everything.  He is arrogant and spoiled and is concerned more about his job and being obeyed by his underlings than he is about his family.

This man makes a huge mistake at work, a mistake which also happens to be against the law.  He is fired from his corporate job and forced into community service.  Jobless, and unable to get another job due to his criminal record, his volunteer service at a homeless shelter becomes his focus.  No, it is not an animal shelter, it is a homeless shelter.  But one of the regulars at the shelter who has a dog will eventually lead our man to the pit bull dog in need.

In the meantime, the pit bull dog is rescued and taken to a shelter.  Because he is a pit bull, it is hard for the shelter to place him in a good home.  He ends up in a not-so-good home and his owner eventually lets him loose on the streets.  He lives on the streets for some time before finding himself back in the shelter again.

That is where the man finds him.  But the story doesn’t end there.  There is conflict with the dog’s previous owners who used him for fighting and conflict between the man and his daughter who hates him.  The man who had only taken the dog out of reluctance eventually bonds with him.  The man learns that the true joys in life are not the fancy cars that you drive or the amount of respect you can demand from other people.  The dog learns that life is not about fighting and that people can be a source of love and security.

It is a very heartwarming story and worth every page on which it is written.  If you have a chance, I strongly recommend you read this story about a man and a dog who  were each given a second chance at happiness – and succeeded.  You can purchase “One Good Dog” at any book store, or get it from our Dog Lover’s Book Store.

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