My Name is Henley: My Life and Times as a Rescued Dog

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An Old English Sheepdog starts out his life as the runt of the litter at a puppy mill in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Abused, neglected, and left to die, Henley is finally rescued by a shelter worker and then adopted into a loving home. Written in the dog's voice it brings you closer to the situation from a perspective that needs to be heard. Henley eventually relinquishes his title as ¿top dog¿ when he welcomes not one, but five rescued cats into his life. The interaction between ...
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Overview

An Old English Sheepdog starts out his life as the runt of the litter at a puppy mill in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Abused, neglected, and left to die, Henley is finally rescued by a shelter worker and then adopted into a loving home. Written in the dog's voice it brings you closer to the situation from a perspective that needs to be heard. Henley eventually relinquishes his title as ¿top dog¿ when he welcomes not one, but five rescued cats into his life. The interaction between canine and felines is touching, humorous, and captivating.

This is a story of kindness, patience, love, respect, and understanding for lovers of all creatures great and small.

Publishers note: Part of the proceeds from this book benefits three animal rescue organizations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980044805
  • Publisher: Aquinas & Krone Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 416,661
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    A little of everything!

    I loved this book. I found it had a little of everything in it. I read it while sitting on the beach this summer and found myself laughing & crying to myself! It touched on a little of our recent history, love, acceptance, friendships, and family. I bought it for my niece but I would recommend it to adults as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2008

    What's not to love?

    As an animal lover, parent, and teacher, I couldn't do anything BUT recommend this book. It's sweet, funny and easy to read but manages to bring the heartbreaking issue of puppy mills into discussion. 'Henley' makes the reader aware of the less than ideal situations from which these dogs come without being preachy or heavy-handed. It delivers a tale of genuine love and how that can aspire any living creature to rise above whatever trauma they've experienced. I was fortunate enough to meet Henley and his family at a book signing and I came away from that experience a better person. Please, do yourself a favor and read 'Henley'.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    My Name Is Henley: My life and times as a rescued Dog

    I was at a book signing for My Name is Henley and got to meet this wonderful animal in person. What a fabulous dog he is. He just loves everyone! Actually, I went with my sister who is the dog lover. All of my life I preferred cats. I always felt as if rescued dogs were just someone else's trouble. Not now! And all thanks to Henley. My sister and I both bought a copy of the book and I will say this, I have never been so touched by a story in my life. The dialogue comes directly from all of the pets in the book and it's funny, charming, sometimes heartbreaking, but it always seems so very real and true to the situation, and I will forever look at all animals in a different way because of it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2008

    A 'Must Read' for all dog and animal lovers

    This adorable and informative book is written in the 'voice' of an Old English Sheepdog named Henley, who was rescued from a Lancaster PA puppy mill. The book gives the perspective of a rescued dog as he is integrated into a loving household containing a cat... and eventually several cats. It is appropriate for fourth grade on up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Great for animal lovers of all ages!

    This book is told from the dogs point of view from pup to dog. He starts out in a puppy mill and is rescued from awful conditions. He finds love with his new owner. The book emphasizes caring for animals and the importance of love and caring relationships. Henley even makes friends with some cats!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    A beautiful, touching, and educational story.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Inspiring!

    I have read My Name is Henley to my 5th grade students. They cannot stop talking about Henley, Mandy, Mookie, Ned, Rose and Cynthia. This book has captivated their attention and inspired them in their own writing. We also have Everybody Loves Mookie in the classroom which is just as popular. We have laughed out loud and even shed a few tears. We love Judith Kristen and her 4-legged family members. Buy this book and share it with children and adults alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2009

    An Amazing Book!

    This book not only made better readers out of my children,(they've all read it at least a dozen times) but better writers (of their own little animal stories) and best of all they now truly understand the love that animals have for us, the devotion, if we just think outside of ourselves and give our animal friends a chance. Henley is an eye opener and a heart breaker and a funny, joy-filled and triumphant dog who I hope lives to be 20 years old.
    I hope we can meet him one day. All of us really loved and appreciated the story.It is a must read for everyone everywhere.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Humane education through the dog's voice

    No better way to teach children to become responsible adults and animal protectors than humane education.
    My Name is Henley is the best way I have found to do just that. Schools, teachers, and parents should embrace this story, a true tale that will lead their charges into a life that will create joy, happiness, love and respect for all creatures great and small.
    No better way than to see what love and rescue can do for an animal than through the eyes of the pets themselves! BRAVO! It is a beautifully done story!

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Delightful Reading for young and old

    Cute story - give a perspective on lost and shelter animals - they definitely need our help - more people should get involved either in fostering - adopting and just taking a moment to stop and help a lost or injured animal. It will make you feel good.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Henley Tells a Story That Everyone Should Know!

    This story, written by the English sheepdog himself, is a heartwarming rendition to be read and shared with children of all ages and adults as well. It shows that "one person can make a difference" and that in being kind to animals, we, in turn, are kinder to others. I have read this with my second graders who have worked on a project to help our local PSPCA and they LOVED it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Henley

    I have just finished reading "Henley" one of the most pleasureable books I have read in a long time. I cannot recommend it strongly enough! My grandchildren loved it as did my schoolteacher daughter who now has my copy! I have fallen totally in love with Henley and am very glad this "dog story" is a happy one--that is after exposing conditions at yet another "puppy mill". Hopefully everyone who reads this book will help rescue and shelter dogs and we can rid our lives of "puppy mills!"
    Thank you Judith Kristen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    An Everyone Book!

    Dog and cat lovers will find this story line endearing.
    Animal rescue people will find it familiar and thankfully one with a happy ending.
    And, children will learn straight from the animals own 'voices' about our four-legged friends and their feelings and needs in a way that they have never heard before.
    From the youngest of readers to those of us wearing tri-focals you will all find a reason to rejoice that this book was written.
    Who would have thought that an abandoned puppy from one of those horror huts in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and five of his feline friends (also rescues) could make this large a dent in social conscience with such a sweet, touching, and easy read.
    But they did!

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

    WONDERFUL READ!!!!!

    This book is a must have for every teacher's read aloud library! (especially for teachers who teach in Philadelphia- setting in and around Philadelphia) A heartwarming story of a mere unwanted, unloved, lonely, scared puppy - product of a puppy mill - who finds kindness, love and friendship after never experiencing it. This book not only teaches about animal rescue but it teaches about acceptance of self as well as others, love, hope, trust, and kindness. All this in a delightful tale told by Henley Harrison West, Old English Sheepdog. I give this book 5 out of 5 Wigglebutts! ( an OES reference) This book is truly a MUST HAVE! One of, if not the BEST books I have ever read in my classroom!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2008

    Excellent book

    A beautiful story about pets from a novel perspective - theirs. Kudos to Ms. Kristen for another fine novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    RAGS to RICHES

    This is a very wonderful book. Easy reading. Very informative, eye opening on the conditions of Puppy Mills. You just fall in love with Henley, his mom and dad and especially his pack of cats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Charming!

    A charming book with a wonderful message....a must read for your kids! Embrace this pup and bring his values into your own home! Read it to your children! Have your children read it to you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    Great for Students!

    My school purchased a set of My Name is Henley books and my entire class fell in love with the story! They were especially thrilled to know Henley is a real dog. The book generated a number of wonderful discussions regarding the ethical treatment of animals, love and loss, and ways to make a positive difference in the world. Thank you, Judith Kristen, for this heartfelt, beautifully written book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    My Name Is Henley: My life and times as a rescued Dog

    All of the students and staff at Baldi Middle School read MY NAME IS HENLEY and universally fell in love with Henley and his friends. Even the most reluctant readers found this book to be one they couldn't put down. Henley's story touched everyone in a very special way and his message about puppy mills and love was clearly understood. Our 1200 students are now among his biggest fans and we all learned an important life lesson by reading such a wonderful book. Baldi Middle School - Philadelphia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2007

    Divine

    This book is adorable. I bought over a dozen copies as holiday gifts. The dialogue is amazing. You know, we all 'hear' our animals talk to us. Henley just verifies the fact that we actually do. It is worth 10 stars!

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