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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 February 11, 2008

    An animal lover and rescuer

    My time is so limited and the books I choose to read are usually recommended by friends. 'Rescuing Sprite' was a book I enjoyed, but I feel there was a lot more we dog lovers were so longing to hear!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2010

    dog lovers

    great story but sad

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    It is time to be gentle and be kind

    While I appreciate that this may not be the most articulate and well written book about loving pets and grieving, it does resonate with any companion owner who has lost a loved companion animal. Sometimes, I think we fail to give each other the right and opportunity to be flawed in all of the ways we can be flawed yet rejoice in the sharing of genuine feelings. No, I don't particularly care for Limbaugh or many of the 'celebrities' named in this book on a political level, however the sweet humanity and caring thoughtfulness exhibited by them in response to the Levins' loss touched me. We should all be so kind and gentle with each other. Our dogs do that every day. Go figure why we can't. I have been there, having lost my beloved pet of 15 years this past December after going through 2 years of trying to be the best steward I could be for him. He was my son's best friend and mine too. Our grief was encapsulated and described in this book. I am glad I read it. It is helping me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    Cyrus

    Gotcha.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    I chose to read this book for school because i love dogs and all

    I chose to read this book for school because i love dogs and all animals and i enjoy the fact i could relate to it after the loss of my beloved Cody. But this book dragged on forever about  Mark Levins life. Something that most of the time wasn't related to Sprite. He calls the book Rescuing Sprite but yet they were not the ones who rescued Sprite. They just adopted him from a loving family who had taken care of him. Don't get me wrong  this was still a good book and the Levin family seem like very caring people. I just Personally think if you are looking for a book similar to Marley and Me this is not what you want.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    I agree with previous posters- Not Marley & Me

    It sounds like Mr. Levin wanted to capitalize off of the 'buzz' of Marley and Me. I recently lost a dog, so I can empathize, but the name dropping (Rush) was annoying. Besides the fact that he generously rescues and cares for a sick dog, the story isn't very compelling. It didn't jog me emotionally like Marley & Me, and I didn't cry at the end.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    Story falls flat

    This book started off great but the death of Sprite was long and drawn out. The author also drops names of conservative talk show hosts, which seems distasteful.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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