Oogy: The Ugliest Dog in the World

Oogy: The Ugliest Dog in the World

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by Larry Levin

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Oogy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 353 reviews.
Elizabeth71 More than 1 year ago
I was there the night Oogy came in. I worked at Ardmore Animal Hospital. I saw the brutality that this poor puppy went through. He has the heart of a warrior and the spirit of an angel. Must read this book, he will touch your heart as he touched mine.
BeccaN More than 1 year ago
I have difficulty recommending this book. I love animal stories, especially when they win after being abused. However, while the Oogy parts of this story were good, it wasn't a story about him. The title should read, "The Levin Family, and oh yeah, we have a dog named Oogy." The family parts were overdone, to the point that I skipped pages. I would have rather read a lot more about Oogy, who is my kind of dog: big, silly, and misunderstood. Also, I have personal issues with owners who rhapsodize about never letting their dog be hurt again and then putting a shock collar on him instead of building a fence. I won't be buying this one for my library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had good writing and very interesting research, but it is not one of those books that you're not able to put down. I learned a lot of information from this book, but i feel like the book was more educational, than it was about the dog's life. When I picked this book out at the store, i expected a heart warming, touching book, but then when i read it, it was more of a text book giving me information about animal societies and dog fights, than a story.
GrandmaJoOH More than 1 year ago
Love, Loved, Loved this book. I laughed and cried thru the whole book. As a dog lover this book is really special. My own dog sits in my recliner with me as I read and gets very upset when I cry when I . I know the feelings that the author had for Oogey, they love you, tear up things, make unmentionable messes on the floor. One look from those eyes can get forgiven in a heartbeat. Read Ooogey and you to will fall in love.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
I'm torn on how to rate this book. Oogy's story is gripping, the writing is not. Oogy was just a puppy when he was used as bait for fighting dogs. Police rescued him, an amazing veterinarian staff saved his life, and the Levin family eventually adopted him. Larry Levin attempts to piece together Oogy's beginning, as well as tell us the tale of Oogy's life after adoption. However, his writing is sort of a mess, particularly in the first third of the book. At times it reads more like a personal memoir than the story of Oogy. Levin's timeline is all over the place and his writing is often dry. For me, there were too many small, unnecessary details (such as the minutiae of cooking breakfast) and not enough of the details that make Oogy's tragic story a heartwarming tale of love and redemption.
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
As I have long stated, I am a sucker for animal stories. I love animals and hearing any type of tale of animal cruelty will have me crushed for days on end. Very few things in life absolutely confound me and leave me utterly without an answer and viciousness toward pets is one of them. So I picked up Oogy with a bit of hesitation. Seeing that endearing, lopsided face on the cover put a lump in my throat before I even read the first sentence. Oogy's eyes are so deep, so intense that he practically dares you to read his story and not fall in love with him. I read the story. I fell in love with him. Simple as that. Oogy is a touching story, it's an uplifting story and it's a tragic story but at its heart and soul, it's an inspirational story - - not only the tale of a dog that suffered the worst kind of horror imaginable but the adoptive family that pulled together for him and benefitted from his love and unexpected teachings. This is a terrific book for animal lovers and for entire families to read, although smaller children may have a difficult time with the descriptions of Oogy's injuries. In fact, I had to put the book down for a moment and look away while reading about Oogy's sad life before he adopted the Levin family so be forewarned. Author (and Oogy dad) Larry Levin pulls no punches and tells it like it is, a stark and brutal reminder of those animals who are not fortunate to walk away as Oogy did. And yet reading those horrific descriptions made me appreciate Oogy all the more, and find him that much more awe inspiring and tenacious. Oogy, in this reader's mind, is a hero, a shining example of the brilliance of the spirit. Not just the human spirit but the living spirit. This dog never gave up. He never gave up on life, he never gave up on people (despite the horrible beginning he had) and he never gave up on love. He held no grudges, no ill will and wanted only to be loved and to give love. Certainly a life lesson for all of us. Oogy isn't a long read but prepare for the story to stay with you. Mr. Levin includes various photographs of Oogy with his adoptive family. Oogy is a must read.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE dog-lover. I will never understand how some people can be so cruel to a helpless animal. This book made me cry so hard but it also made me smile. It's amazing how a dog can come into your life and change you just because you took the time to look at them. My dogs are not pets, they are a member of my family. I take care of them and they take care of me. They are my Oogy. If you are an animal lover, you HAVE to read this amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story about a family and their dog. Oogy -the sweatest dog ever- brakes steriotypes and expectations of everybody! This book might make you chage your mind about dogs if you aren't a dog person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a lovely heartwarming book. Very well written.
pjpick More than 1 year ago
After a very slow first chapter, I really enjoyed this heartfelt homage to Oogy, a treasured family pet. Oogy was one of the thousands of dogs used for baiting in dog fighting. The author truly has felt a true love for the Oogy and I always wonder why many are unable to understand why certain people are drawn to pets who are injured, sick, or debilitated. I think these people empathize with these animals and wonder, "Would anyone be there for me if I were maimed or sick?" This book portrays what many of these pets have to offer in return for the human's help. Perhaps the most eye-opening part of this book was the realization that dog fighters look for "Dog free to good home" type of advertisements in order to add victims to their fight dog training. In today's economy, many people are forced to relinquish their beloved pets and I see so many of these ads. I wonder how many of these pets were adopted by dog fighters to be torn apart in training? If anything, hopefully this book will educate the public to try to relinquish their pets to valid rescue operations if at all possible.
agapegrace More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my heart long before I ever read it with the amazing picture of Oogy on the cover and with the very moving trailer online (below). When I finally got my hands on this book, it did not disappoint in any way. It is, in fact, just as moving as all the good press lead me to believe. The story behind Oogy's mistreatment and subsequent welcome into the Levin household is one that will instantly grab anyone's heart. The idea that a dog could survive such treatment and not only survive but thrive is a message that resonates with all people - we are all survivors of something in some way. It's amazing to see a mere animal that can be an example for weathering life's trials and still having a great, productive life. One of the most moving things about this book is the way the theme of adoption is treated. The story of how Levin's children were adopted and his thoughts about being a father greatly strengthen the positive and inspirational message. Their household is one that is all about inviting and giving second chances and being successful in life. This book is for all ages, really. Children old enough to understand, teens, adults - everyone has the potential to fall in love with Oogy. I will be placing it in my classroom library so that my middle-schoolers can enjoy the story. A small (but, to me, very important) side note: Oogy does not die at the end of this book! This book was provided by the publisher for a fair review. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an inspiring and feel good story!
magoo13 More than 1 year ago
Its a bit slow in the beginning. In the morning the author explains too much about what he was doing. Very tedious but other than that, it was so touching and I can't wait to read another book like this!
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Poddgirl More than 1 year ago
This was the most heart warming book I have read about the relationship between a dog and his owner. This was a wonderful journey to take with them and I thank Larry for sharing this very special story with his readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book. Its hard for me to review without giving it away. It totally touches your heart throughout. I read this book while in the process of adopting my first bully puppy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very toutching story so cute LOVE IT!!!
T-CRO More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this, but am glad I did. It didn't go into too much of the horrifying details of the cruelty that this dog went through, but enough to let you know how cruel and stupid people are, and can be when it comes to dog fighting. Or of any abuse. It had a great ending for Oogie and his family that took him in. It was a well written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for any dog lover. Couldn't put it down. Also a nice easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried,i laughed,i couldnt put it down...this book is truley for dog lovers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooo love it and i think it is soooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute and loving and soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo completeley great .And i highley reccomend the book OOGY by LARRY LEVINS to people around the world who love animals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it brought tears to my eyes
Ladeybugg More than 1 year ago
I loved reading OOGY! There were a few places in the book that made me tear up, but it was worth the tears to see the happy place this dog is in now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart warming great book!