Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chanceby Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
When Michael Vick's dog fighting ring was discovered, more than forty dogs were rescued. But their struggle still wasn't over. Most animal advocates believed rescued fighting dogs were too damaged to adopt, but Audie and his kennel mates would prove them wrong when the public outcry and the publicity surrounding Michael Vick's punishment won them a chance at a… See more details below
When Michael Vick's dog fighting ring was discovered, more than forty dogs were rescued. But their struggle still wasn't over. Most animal advocates believed rescued fighting dogs were too damaged to adopt, but Audie and his kennel mates would prove them wrong when the public outcry and the publicity surrounding Michael Vick's punishment won them a chance at a happy life. Teaming up once again with William Muñoz, photo-essay veteran Dorothy Hinshaw Patent gives a powerful account of how Audie and his fellow Vick dogs were rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted.
“This polished photo-essay by frequent collaborators Patent and Muñoz will tug at the heartstrings of readers. Muñoz's crisp, candid photos include many endearing shots of Audieboth solo and interacting with humans and other rescued dogs. Bright backgrounds and captionlike commentary keep this uplifting and informational book lively.” Publishers Weekly
What happens to the dogs when dogfighting rings are broken up and the trials are over? Typically, the dogs are put to sleep, thought to be too dangerous to re-enter society. Because of the wide publicity of the Michael Vick case, animal activists were able to work to rescue all but one of his dogs; this is the story of one that survived. The little black pit bull puppy, later named after World War II hero Audie Murphy, thrives in his foster home. Soon he goes to live with a family that wants to train him for agility competitions. Audie needs surgery on his bad knees though, so not only does he still need to learn how to be a safe and social dog, he also has to recover from an operation. Audie goes through Canine Good Citizen classes and does so well he eventually helps train other dogs. He also excels in his agility training once his knees have healed. Color photographs chronicling Audie's journey are placed on vibrantly colored pages; Muñoz captures the dog's personality in frame after frame. Patent's text is straightforward, expertly providing just the right level of background and choosing kid-friendly details to illustrate Audie's experiences. Ample backmatter provides further background and resources. Audie's inspirational story is a case study in rehabilitation, one sure to appeal to animal loving children.(Nonfiction. 8-11)
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DOROTHY HINSHAW PATENT has written more than a hundred books-mostly nonfiction and photo-essays for children-including When the Wolves Returned, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and The Right Dog for the Job, which earned a starred review from School Library Journal.
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WILLIAM MUÑOZ has taken the photographs for more than eighty books, many of them written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, including most recently The Right Dog for the Job.
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