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Children's LiteratureBlending families—and moving to do so—is hard on all family members, even the pets. Young readers who wonder how dogs feel about these routine-shattering events should read Jordan's charming and compelling book, written in dogs' own words. OurShe, so named by the three dogs who love her, is marrying and moving them all into a house with OurHe (groom), OurBoy and OurGirl (his children). OurShe's three dogs— Chrissy, the BossQueen (an aging Australian Shepherd), Layla (the rottweiler) SecondDog in TheOrder of Things, whose aging hips make her job harder, and Mina, or the Sentinel Pup (an abandoned stray adopted by OurShe)—all worry about doing OurJob in the new house and yard. All seems to go well at first. The three are delighted to be enlarging OurPack and living in a house with a large yard in which to make puddles. They watch for the children to return from school, establish their territory via barking with the neighborhood dogs and expand their Job—protecting OurShe, chasing cats and barking until unfamiliar people move on. But there is a problem: That Cat, named Thomas, who already lives in the house. He is not about to be chased away. What now? This charming book is about blended families, fearful moments when the children leave the gate open, and heartbreaking sadness as the two older dogs reach their "time to go." 2004, Tricycle Press/Ten Speed Press, Ages 8 to 12.