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Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth

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When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle--advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jersey--was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving ...
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When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle--advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jersey--was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving dogs by any means possible. Blue was happy and friendly, but he seemed to have endured some unusual albeit unknown ordeal. The dog's manner prompted Kavin to trace his history all the way back to a long row of cages where Blue had been tagged to be put down in just three more days. Little Boy Blue is the true story of one sweet puppy's journey of survival. It's also a shocking exposé that describes a brutal ongoing reality inside some of this country's taxpayer-funded shelters. But Little Boy Blue also tells an inspiring story of the grass-roots rescue network that has exploded across the nation in recent years. Readers will come to know and love a very special dog who now brings smiles to the faces of everyone he meets. From a single click of Kim Kavin's computer mouse, Blue's journey of a lifetime began. This is the story of Little Boy Blue, told with candor and a great deal of love.
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Publishers Weekly
When Kavin adopted a puppy via Petfinder, she had no idea that the dog she would come to call Blue would be traveling hundreds of miles to reach her New Jersey home—and all this mere days before he was scheduled to be euthanized. Though Blue was an amiable pup, Kavin sensed something in his past had been amiss, so she began to investigate. What she discovered was shocking, but even more disconcerting was the realization that Blue’s story was representative of that of many animals in underfunded and overcrowded shelters. Balancing intensive research, heartwarming anecdotes, and a passionate dedication to the cause, Kavin crafts a readable and compelling depiction of the inefficacies of the taxpayer-funded shelter system and the people who have assumed the responsibility of shuttling animals across the country, from near-death to a new "leash" on life. But while her exposé is indeed illuminating, Kavin’s intended audience is likely already sympathetic to the cause. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Freelance journalist Kavin (The Everything Travel Guide to Italy, 2010, etc.) hunts down the story of what happened to her rescue dog Boy Blue. In 2010, the author helped rescue Blue from certain death in an animal shelter in North Carolina. She found him online and was able to quickly provide the lucky survivor with a loving home, where he has flourished. Learning that her new companion might have been infected with ringworm and fearing "that something about his situation had been horribly, horribly wrong," she applied her investigating skills to uncovering the trail. Her first step was contacting Lulu's Rescue co-founder Michele Armstrong, who told her that Blue had been "headed for the gas chamber." The trail then led her to Person County Animal Rescue volunteers in North Carolina, who introduced her to the brutal conditions that Blue faced when he got dumped into the animal shelter. There are 13,000 rescue groups listed online at Petfinder.com, all struggling to find homes for unwanted puppies. The author describes them as functioning "like a modern day version of the underground railroad," and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Many unaffiliated volunteers are also involved in rescue efforts. The rescue groups often set standards for shelters and promote the spaying and neutering of animals put up for adoption, as well as finding loving homes, but money and volunteers are in short supply. This book chronicles one of the success stories. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Petfinder.com Foundation. A moving call to action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764165269
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 210,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist, as well as a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dog Blue.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 1

The First Bread Crumbs 9

Quarantine and Questions 23

A Journey Awaits 45

The Reality of a Childhood Dream 65

Truth in Numbers 85

Incoming Fire 91

Behind Closed Doors 97

As Many, and as Fast as They Can 105

Something Eerie in the Dark 113

A Cool Breeze in Hell 125

More Lucky Pups 143

Loving, and Letting Go 161

Persistence and Hope 171

The War Across America 183

From Humble Beginnings 197

A Tough Call to Make 211

Safe Haven 227

Turning Off the Faucet 253

A Better Life 265

A Puppy's Potential 271

The Days to Come 281

Epilogue 295

What You Can Do 299

Acknowledgments 303

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Extremely Depressing!!

    I thought this was a book about a little dog that was saved and his adventures... Next thing I'm reading is about gas chambers and animals crying and live dogs and cats being stacked on the dead ones, to also be gassed. I cried and deleted the book... There was no warning about this horrible situation.. I know these situations happen, but I don't want to pick up a book and read about it..False advertising... I should demand my money back... It's so damn depressing!!! I'm only giving it 1 star, because I have to give it something to submit this review... Otherwise, I wouldn't give it any stars...

    15 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    What a book!!! If you or someone you know has a rescue dog, do y

    What a book!!! If you or someone you know has a rescue dog, do you really know the true story? Do you know that they could have come from thousands of miles away, could have been hours away from death in a gas chamber, and were rescued by someone who happened to be at the right place at the right time? This is what happened to the dog in Little Boy Blue. This is a book that will not only appeal to dog lovers, but anyone who even has a bit of heart in them, and also wants to know the truty.
    The book is more than a story - it is a sobering report on shelters and homeless pets in America. How the state-funded ones aren't doing their job properly, how a multitude of animal rescue people are trying to get these dogs homes, and how another multitude are devoting their time and money to transport these dogs from places in the rural south to all over so they'll have homes. It's also about the vets and other advocates making spaying and neutering as easy and affordable as possible so the homeless animal population will decrease. It's about the shelters that are doing the right thing, and getting these dogs homes, and the people who are fostering these homeless dogs so they can find new homes easier. It's also about a very smart pet owner that wanted to know more about her new rescue dog, and took the plunge into a world that is so bizarre and frightening, but also inspiring in many ways, and then told us all about it in a fantastic book.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    What an eye opening read! I am also a rescue mom. We adopted o

    What an eye opening read! I am also a rescue mom. We adopted our boy
    Sam a little over a year ago. He also came from a high kill shelter and
    was transported to the Northeast. While I knew that high kill shelters
    existed, I did not know how they operated until I read Kim's book. I
    have to say it has changed my way of thinking when it comes to fostering
    dogs. I once thought I would never be able to do it and now there is no
    way I could ever say no. Every animal lover needs to read this book!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    A must read!

    Brings a ray of hope to shelter animals everywhere by exposing the problems with animal control in this country and offering solutions. Story is shared on a personal level through the author's experiences with her much loved rescue dog Blue which keeps it entertaining. A must read not only for animal lovers but for anyone with an ounce of compassion in their hearts.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    I just finished reading this wonderful inspiring book that shoul

    I just finished reading this wonderful inspiring book that should be read by anyone who is involved in
    rescue or who adopts a pet from a shelter or rescue. Kim wrote a wonderful book about Blue and
    her journey to find all the facts related to Blue but found out much more regarding regarding these
    dogs and cats down south and those horrible gas chambers down south. I've been involved in rescue
    for over 19 years and this is the best book I have read with the facts and is a real reality check. A must read for anyone young or anyone wanting to know the hard facts about why it is so important for people to adopt from a rescue or a shelter. Congratulations Kim, great book. A must read. Love Blue and have never met him, but love him anyway.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    This is such an important book and I thank the author for writin

    This is such an important book and I thank the author for writing it. Change begins with awareness. A must read-- and not just for those involved in rescue... but for everyone.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    Absolutely love this book and after seeing that shot of Blue on

    Absolutely love this book and after seeing that shot of Blue on the cover I just couldn't pass it up. It is an eye opening book on the realities of shelters and a lot of what goes on behind the scene that doesn't always make its way to the front page, but its important to understand that this stuff goes on everyday. Very saddening to think that there are so many of these gifts out there that are put down through no fault of their own. Makes me cherish my own furry family members even more. If you love yours and wish to learn a bit more of Blue then getting this is a no brainer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

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    This  is one of the best books I have ever read!  Don't let it d

    This  is one of the best books I have ever read!  Don't let it depress you spring into action do what you can....adopt , donate, or foster....transport,,,just care!  We can make a difference!  Most important Spay and neuter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Excellent story you .learn a lot about what happens to dogs that people no longer care for or neglect to have them spayed or neutered i never knew about some of the ways some of the so called shelters handled dogs and killed them l hope more people read this book and find some small way to help the animal shelters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Love it

    Great book...love it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Love the book!

    I found this book to be very educational. I was not aware of all the animals in shelters and the horrific life some of them have endured and are still living. I am now thinking of donating on a monthly basis to some of the shelters in my area.

    Thank you for opening my eyes to a very serious situation.

    Sincerely,
    J

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    A heart warming and informative book regarding pet adoption and

    A heart warming and informative book regarding pet adoption and alternative avenues to a forever home!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Rescue dogs long journey to safety and homes.

    I have a number of other e books at this time so I am not very far in this book, however, I love animals, and have volunteered at animal shelters. I understand what rescue and crossposting for distant pulling an animal is from a bad situation. What I learn from this book is the day to day sacrifices these people make to retreive these dogs, transport them, care for them, then hand them over to the next cartaker and transporter. The stories I have already read are heartwrenching. The rescuers have to rely on their own resources and emotional strength. The dogs temperatement and health can vary greatly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    recommended

    there is much informaionn in the book I was not aware and it made me glad that the only way I have adopted my pets is from the shelters. Pets add so much to our lives it is a pity so many are destroyed for no reason other than not trying to find them a home.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Anyone in animal rescue knows what a heartbreak it is.  This boo

    Anyone in animal rescue knows what a heartbreak it is.  This book addresses that, but also talks about what is wonderful about it, and why we continue to do it.  Blue is one of millions of dogs in desperate need.  If only humanity would work harder to save them. This book is wonderful and a highly recommended read to everyone I know.    

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Blue review

    I did not enjoy this book, I am not an animal lover. From the review I expected a different story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Little Boy Blue

    Very good book! Definately worth the time, a real eye opener to what goes on behd the scenes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Very informative. Couldn't put the book down.

    Very informative. Couldn't put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    It was a boring and difficult to read. I had high expectations f

    It was a boring and difficult to read. I had high expectations for it thinking that I couldn't put it down; however, my expectations were not met and I was let down. Maybe the fact that I was already aware of this cause didn't help me to find this book thrilling/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    I love little boy blue

    I love dogs i want one i rellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly do
    A-S-O-M-E

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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