Wags to Riches is the true story of Kassy Sue, the author's first rescue dog. This heartwarming tale follows Kassy as she is abandoned in a landfill, and then adopted into a loving home, where she happily lives out the rest of her days. Readers of all ages will enjoy this uplifting story of a true underdog coming out on top.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to animal rescue and welfare.
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Wags to Riches: Kassy Sue
The True Story of a Dog's Journey from a Landfill to Love
By Kelly Lee, Dwain Esper
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2014 Kelly Lee
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Hi! I am Kassy Sue. You can call me Kassy. I am a very small terrier mixed breed dog. Some people call me a mutt. I like to say I am mixed. I am black and white, with a really cute face. I want to tell you the true story of my lucky life.
I was born in a yucky, smelly landfill. Trash was piled up as far as I could see. Big garbage trucks came every day to dump more trash. I ran away when I heard the loud trucks. Beep! Beep! Beep!
In the landfill, I was always hungry and thirsty. I had to dig through the trash to find food. The food was yucky and old. Clean water was hard to find. I had to drink rainwater to quench my thirst.
When it rained, I was soaking wet and tried to hide. Thunderstorms were really scary. I shivered when I heard thunder and lightning.
Winter was very cold. Snow and ice were the worst. My paws would freeze as I tried to find shelter in the trash to keep me warm. The landfill was not a good home for a little dog like me.
One sunny day, a lady and man drove by and noticed me. They stopped the car and got out. I had no place to hide, so I stood still and quiet. "I've always wanted a dog," the lady said. "You're a little scruffy, but I bet a nice bath and healthy food would do you good," the man said.
The nice lady and man decided to take me home. I was nervous, but I liked when they petted me. I had never had attention. The lady picked me up and put me in the car. I was excited! Escaping the landfill was my dream come true! Anywhere would be better than the land of garbage.
On the ride home, they began discussing names for me. "Landy, from the landfill," the man said. Oh no, I thought. I did not want to be named after that stinky place. "How about Kassy," the lady said. I thought that was much better. "Let's give her a middle name too," the lady said. "Kassy Sue will be her name." I wiggled with excitement. I liked my new name. "Kassy Sue, today will be your birthday. We will celebrate August 1st forever," the lady exclaimed. I replied by wagging my tail. I will be the best dog ever!
I am so thankful to have a name and a real birthday to celebrate. The nice lady and man chose me, a landfill dog, to be their very first dog. What an honor! What a responsibility!
I have a real Mom and Dad. I love them very much. They are always nice to me and I am nice to them. I am thankful to be theirs.
Mom and Dad pet me every day. We spend time together on the couch. I always sit on their lap. I take naps during the day on a small pink bed that is soft and fluffy. Sometimes I sleep in Mom and Dad's bed at night. I can hardly believe my luck. I used to sleep in garbage.
Mom hugs me like a teddy bear. She gives me kisses and rubs my back. Sometimes, she squeezes me in her sleep. I am so happy I just wiggle until her sweet grip loosens. Dad scratches my tummy while he watches TV. I love to be petted, especially on my tummy.
I am a happy dog. I love my new home. Everything smells nice and clean. The carpets are warm and cozy. I do not have to hide when it rains. Thunder and lighting are still scary, but I have a house for shelter. Mom and Dad comfort me. I am safe.
I always have cool, fresh water in a bowl. I am never hungry. I eat yummy food every day. I am so thankful to no longer search for water and food in a landfill.
Mom taught me to potty outside. I cannot potty in the house. I had a few accidents at first, but I learned quickly that outside is the place for dogs to go. When I am a good listener, I get tasty treats. I learned to sit, stay, and come when I am called. I even learned to shake hands. These tricks were hard to learn, especially the handshake.
Mom and Dad clap and smile when I obey. They give me the best treat when I do tricks.... little bits of cheese. Oh! Cheese is my favorite. What a delight!
I have my very own pink collar and a nametag that reads Kassy Sue. I have many neat toys that squeak. I love to play a fun game of tug-o-war with ropes. I am a cheerful dog. I run and play outside in the grass. Mom throws balls for me to chase. I run to the balls and come running back to her.
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