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RescueAtDeadDogBeach hc cThanks to Kendra Newton of It Books/Harper Collins, I am giving away one copy of ‘The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach’.

Book Description:

Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? You know, that amazing, tropical island with sandy beaches, exotic hideaways, and breathtaking waterfront views. In fact, there’s one postcard-perfect beach called Playa Lucia where residents and visitors flock daily for relaxation and fun, it also has a dark side – it’s nicknamed Dead Dog Beach because it’s a notorious dumping ground for the island’s unwanted canines.

This wasn’t immediately known to Stephen McGarva when he moved to the island with his wife, where they hoped to find inspiration and adventure. One day McGarva visited Playa Lucia, and instead of a day of adventure and leisure, he found a sick and abandoned dog. This dog, and the quest to save him, transformed McGarva and gave him a new purpose to save as many forgotten animals as possible.

In The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach, McGarva shares his story of helping the satos, or unwanted dogs, of the island. Often considered a threat to the area’s lucrative tourism industry, these defenseless animals are in constant danger of brutality and death. Enraged, and refusing to accept such cruelty, he began protecting these helpless animals in any way he could – but it didn’t come without a cost, both financially and personally. And McGarva soon discovered that there were many people working against him – undermining his efforts and threatening violence to both himself and the dogs. However, McGarva refused to back down, and during his two years on Dead Dog Beach, he ultimately managed to save hundreds of dogs.

A call to arms for animal lovers everywhere, and full of insights and practical information to help strays anywhere in the world, The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach is as powerful as it is heartbreaking. A must-read for animal advocates everywhere!

About Stephen McGarva:Steve McGarva

STEPHEN MCGARVA is the founder of The Achates Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to end the abuse of strays and build animal friendly communities and Mexico and Puerto Rico. Steve first came to prominence as the Dog-Rescuer, for his work saving hundreds of dogs in Puerto Rico.

He has been featured in People magazine, on NPR, and appeared on Ellen.

The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach goes on sale on August 26, 2014 (National Dog Day!)

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Esther the Wonder Pig

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on June 22, 2014
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You may have already heard about Esther the Wonder Pig or maybe not.  Her human parents, Steve and Derek adopted her when she was just a baby.  They were told she wouldn’t weight more than 50 pounds full grown.  She is now over 500 pounds!  They love her and it is very apparent she loves them.  However, it is really a tight fit in their small 1000 square foot home. Yes, she is house trained!

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Steve and Derek found a great place for sale and want to build a sanctuary for Esther and other “food industry animals”.  So far they have raised just shy of $228,000 with a goal of $400,000.  Every dollar counts!  Please help them reach their goal!  They only have 8 days left for their Indiegogo Campain. There are some great perks for helping out!   You can find out more and contribute here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/esther-the-wonder-pig-farm-sanctuary What are you waiting for? Go there now!


Oogy by Larry Levin

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 9, 2010
Posted in Animal RightsAnimalsBooks Read in 2010  | 17 Comments

Everyone who has visited So Many Precious Books, know what a sucker I am for all living being, cutie and furry, so how was I to resist this book. I took one look at the cover and fell in love with yet another dog, Oogy.

This memoir is about Oogy and the family who adopted him. He wasn’t the first adoptee in his family. Larry Levin and his wife, Jennifer weren’t able to have biological children so they adopted. They quite surprised when they got the call saying that the mother had given birth to twins. They named the boys Dan and Noah.
It was when Dan and Noah were 12 years old that Oogy came into their life. Larry and the boys had gone to the veterinarian with their ill cat and was greeted by Oogy. He inquired about him and found out that Oogy had been near death when he was brought in by the police after a drug raid. It turned out that he had been a “bait” dog. Used to train other dogs how to fight. Half his face was bitten of along with one of his ears. The fight dogs were suppose to kill him but they didn’t quite succeed. Oogy was just a puppy then, only about three months old.
You would have thought that that experience would have affected him for life, become a mean dog himself but he loved people, and it was love at first site for both Oogy and the Levin’s. He slept with the boys every night and watched over them. When the boys graduated high school he was there to see them go off to college.
I was worried when I started reading this book. So many books about pets end the same way but this one didn’t. It was a heart warming tribute to Oogy and the family who still love him. It wasn’t as sentimental as some stories I have read and for that I am thankful. The descriptions of Oogy’s experience as a bait dog were painful to read but necessary. Larry Levin treated his entire family, including Oogy with respect.
If you have any suspicions of animal cruelty where you live, please learn from Oogy and call animal welfare immediately. Also, as Bob Barker says, “have you pets spayed or neutered.”
Thanks to Anna Balasi of Hachette Book Group for sending me the hardcover edition of this book.
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