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Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Inspiring

This is a wonderful story of how a person can get so attached to their dog. They become part of their family. It was heart wrenching at times but it shows the emotions that a true animal and dog lover goes through. Very good book.

posted by 759307 on January 2, 2009

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7 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Save your money

I was really disappointed in this book. Sprite the dog seemed almost an afterthought to the author. Sprite was a great, happy, easy-going dog. So are many, many others. After plodding through this book, I still feel as if I learned little about Sprite. I did, however, e...
I was really disappointed in this book. Sprite the dog seemed almost an afterthought to the author. Sprite was a great, happy, easy-going dog. So are many, many others. After plodding through this book, I still feel as if I learned little about Sprite. I did, however, endure page after page about the author's health problem, how out of shape he is, and tributes to his wonderful, ultra-conservative friends in the news media. Please spare us the glorification of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. In addition, the book was poorly written, with choppy sentences and grammatical mistakes (did anyone edit or proofread it?). When I read the title, I assumed that Sprite had in fact been rescued from a terrible life. In reality, he was living comfortably with a nice foster family. All in all, a very disappointing, plodding book. If you want to read it, check it out from a library.

posted by Anonymous on January 17, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    Save your money & your time.

    This was a poor excuse for a 'dog lover' book. The author seems only interested in name dropping and trying to elevate himself as a extraordinarily compasionate dog owner. Those of us purchasing a book about rescuing a dog are already dog lovers at heart and wouldn't dream of NOT taking every opportunity to ensure our beloved pets comfort and happiness! The book is dry and lacks style...more info about Sprite and less about the author would have been a welcome relief. This is no MARLEY & ME.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    Disappointing

    Received this book as a gift after I lost my beloved female Lab, only 7, leaving me and her brother. I had hoped it would be inspiring. It was not. I hoped it would make me feel better. It did not. It seemed more like a diary than a story. I agree that it was a book more about Levin's grief than about Sprite (and the grief even seemed embellished at times, I'm sorry to say). Even I did not appreciate the Rush Limbaugh et al. "name-dropping" and I'm a conservative. I read several chapters, put the book down for a week or two, came back, read more chapters, left for another week, read again etc - nothing really to hold my interest. I felt the book was quickly written to attract dog lovers to buy it. Sorry Mark. I'm sure you loved and grieved for your Sprite, and other pets, but your book is a far cry from a best seller.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Fernbelly

    Im quitting im sorry but this clan is not active AT ALL

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    Story of Mark Levin, not Sprite and Pepsi

    Because we are dog-lovers and dog-story-lovers, 'Rescuing Sprite' was a much-anticipated Christmas gift. Unfortunately, the writing is mediocre (since when do pages of other people's emails qualify as storytelling?), the pet recollections are repetitive, and there is nothing really unique in the storyline (family rescues great older dog from pound, dog gets even older and suffers, family agonizes over putting dog to sleep). Most dog-lovers go through this cycle in one way or another, and Mark's endlessly weepy and emotional approach to his dog's approaching death is cloying. In some cases, it seems astonishingly self-centered, as when Sprite walks around in brain-demented circles while the family reluctantly goes on a holiday resort vacation. There is a constant undercurrent of 'how can this happen to me that this dog is dying?' In fact, the author's school-age son handles Sprite's aging and death with much greater dignity than does the father. It becomes very tiresome that the reader can't get away from Levin's repetitive 'I' sentences and the impression that it really is all about him, and not Sprite's gifts. The thinly veiled political spin of showing off the 'softer side' of several aggressive FOX radio political pundits is also annoying and distracting. Sprite seemed like a great dog -- he deserves a better chronicle of his time on earth!

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    Posted April 9, 2009

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