The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything and How They All Found Their Way Home

The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything and How They All Found Their Way Home

by Alison Hodgson

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The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything and How They All Found Their Way Home by Alison Hodgson

“What if a wheezing, sneezing, allegedly house-trained, ticking time bomb of an orphan pug is the key to helping a family feel at home again, after an arsonist set their house—and life—on fire? If you asked me, I would have said it’s a bad idea; we can do better. Unfortunately no one asked me, and The Pug List is my family’s story.”

In the fire’s aftermath of insurance battles royal, rebuilding plans, parenting in the face of life’s hard questions and a scorching case of post-traumatic stress, now is absolutely the worst possible time to adopt a dog. But to Alison’s seven-year-old daughter, Eden, it’s the perfect time—and The Relentless Campaign begins.

Until one day Alison peeks inside Eden’s diary—dubbed “The Pug List”—and realizes in one fell swoop that her girl’s heart is on the line, and resistance is futile (“The pugs make me happy FOREVER.”).

Enter “Outrageous” Oliver, and the hilarity, healing, and irresistible hope that follows.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310343837
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 508,591
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alison Hodgson is a writer, speaker, and humorist whose life experiences have made her an involuntary expert on the etiquette of perilous times. She is a Moth StorySLAM champion and a contributor to the design website Houzz.com. Her writing has been featured on Forbes.com, Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog, and the Religion News Service. Alison lives outside Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, their three children, and two good dogs.

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The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything and How They All Found Their Way Home 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives great insight on what searching for a pet is like and also how faith plays a roll in all this things in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definitely will be looking for more books from this author!
19269684 More than 1 year ago
A nice read but slow and a bit trite. When I saw the cover of this book, I thought to myself, "You've never liked pugs... why do you want this book?" I think what drew me in was not the cover, but that small paragraph beneath the title: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home. Who couldn't love something like that? Seeing as my family also suffered through a house fire, back in 2011, I know the feelings of loss from such a tragedy. In The Pug List, by Alison Hodgson, their home is set ablaze! They lose it all, and coping seems a long time coming. But because of some persistence, they find a way to get through and come out happy on the other end. They look for a pug. I am not a non-fictional reader all that much. Real life is cool, but I read to escape the real life, and this book hit close to home. I found the story funny, heart-warming and encouraging, but it didn't really get to the meat of the story, for me, until near the ending. The focus was sorta lost. I even appreciated her hold to faith, but it almost seemed fictional and trite... *For the full review: http://tinyurl.com/zd8wwpb **Book was free from Harper Collins and Blogging for Books, for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow pace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story will make you cry and it will reaffirm your faith. For really it's a story about faith in the worst of times. I loved every bit of it znf will recommend it to anyone who'll listen.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
A Family, a Fire and a Pug! Imagine awakening to your smoke alarm going off. Imagine, too, that there have been so many malfunctions with your home's smoke alarm in the past, that it is easy to believe this is just another false alarm. That is what happened to the Hodgson Family in the wee hours one fateful morning. When the alarm sounded, Alison and Paul Hodgson did decide to awaken their family, along with a house guest, grab the dog, and leave their home. But because there had been so many past false alarms, they didn't grab anything on the way out--other than Alison's computer, which she picked up as an afterthought. They really believed they would march outside for a few minutes, only to discover, once again, it was a malfunction, and there was no fire. Unfortunately, this time, there truly was a fire, and their entire house was soon engulfed in flames. Alison and her family were left with literally only the night clothes on their backs, along with her computer. Thinking this was another faulty alarm, most of them hadn't grabbed shoes, and were barefoot. In this true story, the author shares what it is like to suddenly live without a home, or possessions. She speaks of the generosity of others, but also how difficult it was for them to accept their kindness. Even though they had complete insurance coverage, getting the money was a long, uphill battle. Discovering how the fire started was a shock. They were even more startled when they realized their insurance company wanted to accuse Alison, or Paul, of starting the fire. The Hodgsons all thank God that no lives were lost. However, the family members each suffered with post traumatic stress as a result of the fire. It was especially hard to see their children struggle, or have difficulties. That is why in the midst of this life changing upheaval, Alison and Paul gave in to the many pleas from their youngest child, Eden, to get a Pug dog. Finding a Pug also turned out to be quite an adventure itself, with lots of ups and downs. Getting, Outrageous Oliver, who is a character in his own right, has involved more commitment than they ever dreamed of. However, he also brought healing to the family, especially Eden, along with lots of laughter. The bond Oliver and Eden have is endearing, and rare. What this family went through in the aftermath of their home burning is eye opening. Alison captures their resulting thoughts, actions and disappointments. This is a sweet family, and it is easy to see how what happened to them, could happen to anyone. As John Bradford is credited with saying, "but for the grace of God...." It was also uplifting to read of this family's faith in the aftermath of such tragedy. I enjoyed this 5-star book, and recommend it to anyone who likes true stories, or dog tales. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Pug List, through Zondervan Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Brittany--Ann More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I picked up The Pug List and read it until the end. The sub title, 'A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home,' is a perfect explanation of what you will get with this story. Hodgson writes with humor, authenticity, and grace about circumstances that any of us would find difficult. If you like memoirs with heart, canines, and arson (yep, I just said arson, it will speak to some people), you need to get this book.
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
With honesty, humor, and a heaping dose of hope, Alison Hodgson takes the reader right into the heart and soul of her family as they process and heal from the trauma of an arsonist burning down their home. I've had the pleasure of hearing Alison speak on her experiences in person, and I'm thrilled I can now thrust The Pug List into the hands of those I know would value her story as much as I do. Calling this memoir "heartwarming" doesn't seem to do it justice. Your heart will hurt in certain parts at the injustice and sorrow of the Hodgsons' tragedy,but it will also be full with hope, faith, and a clear sense of what's really important in life. At the end of the book, if you're like me, you'll immediately tell a friend to read it, and then hop online to find pictures of Outrageous Oliver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I picked up The Pug List and read it until the end. The sub title, 'A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home,' is a perfect explanation of what you will get with this story. Hodgson writes with humor, authenticity, and grace about circumstances that any of us would find difficult. If you like memoirs with heart, canines, and arson (yep, I just said arson, it will speak to some people), you need to get this book. Gillian Marchenko, Author of Still Life, A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression