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Martha Wyss, Founder,
Friends of Animals Foundation,
Los Angeles, California
The Miracle at the Pound is a quick read that takes you inside a not-so-typical dog shelter at Christmas time. Tight and succinct with short chapters and terse sentences, dog dialog carries the plot. This tail, however, goes far beyond a simple Christmas story. It offers a light-hearted look at a very serious issue confronting each of us. Through an extended metaphor that parallels the life many of us face, see how these dogs change their world.
The dog pound is a microcosm of the modern-day workplace, where all animals are not equal but each has special talents to offer. Every dog's contribution draws on its unique personality (or, in dog parlance, "dogality"). As a group, they create an effective team that will beguile and surprise you. Yet, underlying this narrative lays a more profound analogy that applies to all groups - animal and human. Collectively, a team can be greater than the sum of its parts, even leading to freedom and security; failure means being "outsourced" behind the Black Door.
This book will be a classic. Instead of the mythological "hero's journey" (a la Joseph Campbell), the protagonists are a rag-tag group of dogs that are energized into a team by the arrival of Greta, the Great Dane. Their initial efforts are fueled by small victories-- freedom and food. Then, their quest overcomes seemingly impossible challenges, from escaping to bathing to caring for new puppies--creating ever more complicated forms of teamwork. A