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Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth
     

Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth

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by Kim Kavin, Jim Gorant (Preface by)
 

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When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindleâ?”advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jerseyâ?”was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North

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When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindleâ?”advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jerseyâ?”was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving dogs by any means possible. Blue was happy and friendly, but he seemed to have endured some unusual albeit unknown ordeal. The dog’s manner prompted Kavin to trace his history all the way back to a long row of cages where Blue had been tagged to be put down in just three more days. Little Boy Blue is the true story of one sweet puppy’s journey of survival. It’s also a shocking exposé that describes a brutal ongoing reality inside some of this country’s taxpayer-funded shelters. But Little Boy Blue also tells an inspiring story of the grass-roots rescue network that has exploded across the nation in recent years. Readers will come to know and love a very special dog who now brings smiles to the faces of everyone he meets. From a single click of Kim Kavin’s computer mouse, Blue’s journey of a lifetime began. This is the story of Little Boy Blue, told with candor and a great deal of love.

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Publishers Weekly
When Kavin adopted a puppy via Petfinder, she had no idea that the dog she would come to call Blue would be traveling hundreds of miles to reach her New Jersey home—and all this mere days before he was scheduled to be euthanized. Though Blue was an amiable pup, Kavin sensed something in his past had been amiss, so she began to investigate. What she discovered was shocking, but even more disconcerting was the realization that Blue’s story was representative of that of many animals in underfunded and overcrowded shelters. Balancing intensive research, heartwarming anecdotes, and a passionate dedication to the cause, Kavin crafts a readable and compelling depiction of the inefficacies of the taxpayer-funded shelter system and the people who have assumed the responsibility of shuttling animals across the country, from near-death to a new "leash" on life. But while her exposé is indeed illuminating, Kavin’s intended audience is likely already sympathetic to the cause. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

"Kavin crafts a readable and compelling depiction of the inefficacies of the taxpayer-funded shelter system and the people who have assumed the responsibility of shuttling animals across the country, from near-death to a new 'leash' on life."
--Publisher's Weekly

"Kavin masterfully weaves her life with Blue into the storyline, and does a great job presenting all of this information in an engrossing and inspirational narrative that reads like a page-turner police procedural.This is a compelling, important book that should be read by everyone who loves dogs."
--The Bark magazine

“Anger, heartbreak, and happiness are just a few of the emotions you’ll experience as you read this book. Kavin is not timid, and goes right to the people in charge of the shelters to ask the ‘hows,’ ‘whys’ and ‘how could you?’ questions that you too, will want answered. She introduces the reader to numerous groups working, against the odds, to save as many dogs as possible. And while she uses plenty of statistics and facts to back up everything she says, the book reads like a mystery unfolding and not a technical journal on the world of animal shelters. If you love dogs, this is one book you must read. It’s too important not to bring to light the awful truths surrounding our ‘throw-away’ dogs.”

â?”Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"Freelance journalist Kavin (The Everything Travel Guide to Italy, <2010, etc.) hunts down the story of what happened to her rescue dog Boy Blue.

"In 2010, the author helped rescue Blue from certain death in an animal shelter in North Carolina. She found him online and was able to quickly provide the lucky survivor with a loving home, where he has flourished. Learning that her new companion might have been infected with ringworm and fearing “that something about his situation had been horribly, horribly wrong,” she applied her investigating skills to uncovering the trail. Her first step was contacting Lulu’s Rescue co-founder Michele Armstrong, who told her that Blue had been “headed for the gas chamber.” The trail then led her to Person County Animal Rescue volunteers in North Carolina, who introduced her to the brutal conditions that Blue faced when he got dumped into the animal shelter. There are 13,000 rescue groups listed online at Petfinder.com, all struggling to find homes for unwanted puppies. The author describes them as functioning “like a modern day version of the underground railroad,” and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Many unaffiliated volunteers are also involved in rescue efforts. The rescue groups often set standards for shelters and promote the spaying and neutering of animals put up for adoption, as well as finding loving homes, but money and volunteers are in short supply. This book chronicles one of the success stories. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Petfinder.com Foundation.
"A moving call to action." â?”Kirkus Reviews

"A moving call to action"â?” Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Freelance journalist Kavin (The Everything Travel Guide to Italy, 2010, etc.) hunts down the story of what happened to her rescue dog Boy Blue. In 2010, the author helped rescue Blue from certain death in an animal shelter in North Carolina. She found him online and was able to quickly provide the lucky survivor with a loving home, where he has flourished. Learning that her new companion might have been infected with ringworm and fearing "that something about his situation had been horribly, horribly wrong," she applied her investigating skills to uncovering the trail. Her first step was contacting Lulu's Rescue co-founder Michele Armstrong, who told her that Blue had been "headed for the gas chamber." The trail then led her to Person County Animal Rescue volunteers in North Carolina, who introduced her to the brutal conditions that Blue faced when he got dumped into the animal shelter. There are 13,000 rescue groups listed online at Petfinder.com, all struggling to find homes for unwanted puppies. The author describes them as functioning "like a modern day version of the underground railroad," and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Many unaffiliated volunteers are also involved in rescue efforts. The rescue groups often set standards for shelters and promote the spaying and neutering of animals put up for adoption, as well as finding loving homes, but money and volunteers are in short supply. This book chronicles one of the success stories. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Petfinder.com Foundation. A moving call to action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764165269
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist, as well as a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dog Blue.

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Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
tmlths123 More than 1 year ago
What a book!!! If you or someone you know has a rescue dog, do you really know the true story? Do you know that they could have come from thousands of miles away, could have been hours away from death in a gas chamber, and were rescued by someone who happened to be at the right place at the right time? This is what happened to the dog in Little Boy Blue. This is a book that will not only appeal to dog lovers, but anyone who even has a bit of heart in them, and also wants to know the truty. The book is more than a story - it is a sobering report on shelters and homeless pets in America. How the state-funded ones aren't doing their job properly, how a multitude of animal rescue people are trying to get these dogs homes, and how another multitude are devoting their time and money to transport these dogs from places in the rural south to all over so they'll have homes. It's also about the vets and other advocates making spaying and neutering as easy and affordable as possible so the homeless animal population will decrease. It's about the shelters that are doing the right thing, and getting these dogs homes, and the people who are fostering these homeless dogs so they can find new homes easier. It's also about a very smart pet owner that wanted to know more about her new rescue dog, and took the plunge into a world that is so bizarre and frightening, but also inspiring in many ways, and then told us all about it in a fantastic book.
RCamara More than 1 year ago
What an eye opening read! I am also a rescue mom. We adopted our boy Sam a little over a year ago. He also came from a high kill shelter and was transported to the Northeast. While I knew that high kill shelters existed, I did not know how they operated until I read Kim's book. I have to say it has changed my way of thinking when it comes to fostering dogs. I once thought I would never be able to do it and now there is no way I could ever say no. Every animal lover needs to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brings a ray of hope to shelter animals everywhere by exposing the problems with animal control in this country and offering solutions. Story is shared on a personal level through the author's experiences with her much loved rescue dog Blue which keeps it entertaining. A must read not only for animal lovers but for anyone with an ounce of compassion in their hearts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a book about a little dog that was saved and his adventures... Next thing I'm reading is about gas chambers and animals crying and live dogs and cats being stacked on the dead ones, to also be gassed. I cried and deleted the book... There was no warning about this horrible situation.. I know these situations happen, but I don't want to pick up a book and read about it..False advertising... I should demand my money back... It's so damn depressing!!! I'm only giving it 1 star, because I have to give it something to submit this review... Otherwise, I wouldn't give it any stars...
BSabatie More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this wonderful inspiring book that should be read by anyone who is involved in rescue or who adopts a pet from a shelter or rescue. Kim wrote a wonderful book about Blue and her journey to find all the facts related to Blue but found out much more regarding regarding these dogs and cats down south and those horrible gas chambers down south. I've been involved in rescue for over 19 years and this is the best book I have read with the facts and is a real reality check. A must read for anyone young or anyone wanting to know the hard facts about why it is so important for people to adopt from a rescue or a shelter. Congratulations Kim, great book. A must read. Love Blue and have never met him, but love him anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such an important book and I thank the author for writing it. Change begins with awareness. A must read-- and not just for those involved in rescue... but for everyone.
Ambassador_Steve More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this book and after seeing that shot of Blue on the cover I just couldn't pass it up. It is an eye opening book on the realities of shelters and a lot of what goes on behind the scene that doesn't always make its way to the front page, but its important to understand that this stuff goes on everyday. Very saddening to think that there are so many of these gifts out there that are put down through no fault of their own. Makes me cherish my own furry family members even more. If you love yours and wish to learn a bit more of Blue then getting this is a no brainer.
smgssg More than 1 year ago
This  is one of the best books I have ever read!  Don't let it depress you spring into action do what you can....adopt , donate, or foster....transport,,,just care!  We can make a difference!  Most important Spay and neuter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story you .learn a lot about what happens to dogs that people no longer care for or neglect to have them spayed or neutered i never knew about some of the ways some of the so called shelters handled dogs and killed them l hope more people read this book and find some small way to help the animal shelters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book...love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very educational. I was not aware of all the animals in shelters and the horrific life some of them have endured and are still living. I am now thinking of donating on a monthly basis to some of the shelters in my area. Thank you for opening my eyes to a very serious situation. Sincerely, J
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heart warming and informative book regarding pet adoption and alternative avenues to a forever home!!
jnookrdr More than 1 year ago
I have a number of other e books at this time so I am not very far in this book, however, I love animals, and have volunteered at animal shelters. I understand what rescue and crossposting for distant pulling an animal is from a bad situation. What I learn from this book is the day to day sacrifices these people make to retreive these dogs, transport them, care for them, then hand them over to the next cartaker and transporter. The stories I have already read are heartwrenching. The rescuers have to rely on their own resources and emotional strength. The dogs temperatement and health can vary greatly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
there is much informaionn in the book I was not aware and it made me glad that the only way I have adopted my pets is from the shelters. Pets add so much to our lives it is a pity so many are destroyed for no reason other than not trying to find them a home.
bunnygirlJK More than 1 year ago
Anyone in animal rescue knows what a heartbreak it is.  This book addresses that, but also talks about what is wonderful about it, and why we continue to do it.  Blue is one of millions of dogs in desperate need.  If only humanity would work harder to save them. This book is wonderful and a highly recommended read to everyone I know.    
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book! Definately worth the time, a real eye opener to what goes on behd the scenes!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative. Couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a boring and difficult to read. I had high expectations for it thinking that I couldn't put it down; however, my expectations were not met and I was let down. Maybe the fact that I was already aware of this cause didn't help me to find this book thrilling/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a humane society volunteer and dog lover. Perhaps the cover was what made me pick up this book, but I just couldn't finish it. I expected much more than what it offered. I wanted to like it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what I was getting when I started this. Little Boy Blue just grabbed my heart and became a favorite of mine. Thank you Kim Kavin.
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