Kate Kelly is the successful author of "You Lucky Dog!" and more than 30 nonfiction titles. She is a contributing blog writer to The Huffington Post, and recently returned to her love of history with her America Comes Alive website and monthly eLetter, American Snapshots. She is an engaging speaker, and has appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The View, CBS Early Show, CNN and MSNBC. Visit www.americacomesalive.com and sign up for the regular mailings about America’s dogs.
You Lucky Dog!by Kate Kelly
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“You Lucky Dog!” is an uplifting compilation of true stories about homeless dogs that somehow survived and thrived to become local or national celebrities. "You Lucky Dog!" takes us through the historic triumphs of many beloved American dogs, and beautifully recounts the dire adversity each of these amazing creatures faced en route to a grand, serendipitous destiny.
One such story features Bum, a steamship stowaway, St. Bernard mix that, in 1886, disembarked in San Diego. He chose to remain there long enough for the townsfolk to fall in love with him and appoint him the town dog. Despite the efforts by many to adopt him, Bum loved adventure, and refused to stay put. After hopping a northbound freight train, a local San Diego reporter/telegrapher alerted the northern stations en route that San Diego’s beloved town dog was aboard, and asked if, upon Bum’s arrival, they would show him the local sights then send him home on the next train south, guaranteeing the railroad would pay his passage.
There are many such heartwarming stories in You Lucky Dog that include celebrity dogs, Toto from The Wizard of Oz, Benji, and our own top dogs, America’s First Dogs. Kate Kelly captures their very souls in moving descriptions of the devotion, loyalty and trust that not only changed the fortune of these very special dogs, but also the lives of their human caregivers.
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This book is great book for all those who love dogs. This is a collection of stories about homeless dogs who persevere in all the life has dealt them. I truly believe that dog is man's best friend. These stories show the loyalty and love that dogs can give and bring to peoples lives. If you are looking for a great up-lifting read this a good book to read. I give it 4 stars.
You Lucky Dog! is a story about some famous dogs that have some pretty remarkable stories. Not many people who have watched movies such as The Wizard of Oz has thought about where Toto came from and what became of him afterwards. The same cane be said of Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, and many more. Kate tells the stories of these faithful and loyal friends that the world has watched everyday but never knew. This is a book that will touch all animal lovers hearts and really makes you think about the origins of many of man’s best friends. From Abraham Lincoln to President Obama. There have been dogs throughout time that have been on the frontlines of history. Read their stories in this captivating book. Kate Kelly shares with the world the compassion, the courage, and the friendship of some of the world’s most famous four legged friends. A must read that will win a place in your heart. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The first part of the book is about homeless dogs and how they survived the streets on their own and the many different tales of how they contributed to our society in some heart warming stories. First of all if you are an animal lover like I am you will be in tears in some of the tales from the famous homeless dogs. My favorite infamous dog was Bum, Bum had his right front paw removed but it never stopped nor slowed Bum down. He became very well known in San Diego and now has a life size bronze statue in a pocket park outside the William Heath Davis house with now is actually a museum. In part two are all of the famous dogs of the 'White House' from George Washington's Poodle whose name was Pilot to Obama's dog Bo. There are some very interesting and intriguing stories that are this short little book about these infamous and famous dogs. This is a must read for dog lovers. Kate has captured some interesting historical facts and endearing tales of endurance and character from each one of the dogs. Very nicely written and researched Kate, thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review your book.