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 Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin
 

I could never understand how anyone would harm an animal. Dog fighting operations inflict such cruelty and terrible treatment to dogs in order to “toughen them up”. This torture is beyond belief. It is difficult to comprehend how anyone could stand by and watch this brutal blood sport.

Oogy is a dog that suffered from the brutal sport of dog fighting. Fighting dogs that will not fight are usually destroyed in very inhumane ways such as being electrocuted, hung, stabbed, and drowned, etc. Oogy was probably given to another dog to be torn apart. This is another way to destroy a dog that will not fight. Oogy was used as bait. He was tied up and left there for a Pit Bull to tear apart. That is exactly what happened. The left side of Oogy’s face was torn off including his left ear. Then he was left in a cage to bleed to death. This is only some of the injuries that occurred to this dog. More damage to Oogy would be discovered later.

Oogy was discovered when police raided the dog-fighting center. He was taken to an emergency hospital. Diane Klein, who was the Director of Operations, pleaded with Dr. Bianco to look at the dog to see if anything could be done to save him. After Dr. Bianco’s exam, he told Diane that the dog could not be saved because of infection and the trauma that would result because of surgery. Diane, refusing to give up, told Dr. Bianco he had to save the dog.

Dr. Bianco performed surgery on Oogy and it lasted for several hours. Shortly thereafter, Oogy had another complication. He did not want to eat. Dr. Bianco had a feeling as to what might be wrong and dug into the back of Oogy’s jaw with forceps and felt loose jawbone. He extracted a piece of the jawbone. The bone was crushed during the violent attack. When Oogy tried to eat, the loose bone was digging into the roof of his mouth causing extreme pain even though he did not show anyone how much pain he was in. Thanks to everyone on the staff, Oogy now began his journey to recovery.

The Levin family came to Dr. Bianco’s office with their cat and they were well aware this would be the last time because the cat was very ill. As they were in the office, Oogy came running over to the family and showered them with kisses. The family fell in love with Oogy immediately. The father asked whom the dog belonged to and Dr. Bianco told him Oogy did not belong to anyone. The Levin family adopted Oogy. Oogy seemed to know when he saw the Levin family that he would soon be part of them. Was this fate or what?

Oogy had to undergo a few more operations as he grew to get rid of some of the scar tissue and an ACL tear. After what he had been through as a pup, life with the Levin family was like being in heaven.

I am an animal lover and it was difficult for me to get through the part of this book that went into detail about the injuries that Oogy had as a result of the dog fighting Pit Bull attack. On the other hand, this book was a delightful read to see how so many people worked together to save Oogy. Thank goodness there are people in this world like Diane Klein, Dr. Bianco and the Levin family. Oogy will make you cry but it will also make you laugh. We can only hope that more and more will be done to stop this cruel “sport” of dog fighting. Oogy is a touching story about people coming together to save a dog who in turn helped bring something special into each and every one of their lives. Oogy is a very special dog that would not give up the will to survive.

Larry Levin did an excellent job of giving the readers the details of Oogy’s life through the good and bad times. It was interesting to read about Oogy’s antics and that will make you laugh.

All you have to do is look at the cover of this book and you will fall in love with Oogy!

Author Nancy Eaton  Added On Tue Jan 25th,2011
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 Dog Training Collar: Learning the basics of dog training collars
 

Dog Training Collar: Learning the basics of dog training collars


What kind of dog training collars are out there so that I can properly and successfully train my dog? Are they safe to use? Which type of dog training collar is best for my five month old puppy? Many people ask me these questions on a daily basis. This article should help clear up any dog training collar concerns.


Although there has been some controversies surrounding the use of dog training collars, many obedience trainers believe that a dog training collar is often necessary, especially when training larger adult dogs. Different dog training collars are used in order to train your dogs effectively. The three basic types of dog training collars include a choke collar, a buckle collar, and a prong collar.


The type of dog training collar depends on several factors; the dog's size and strength, the owner or instructor's size and strength, the dog's temperament, and his sensitivity to pain. Choke collars and buckle collars are more commonly used in many obedience classes.


Every dog should have a buckle collar. Buckle collars are the only dog training collar that is safe to leave on your dog when you are not with him. Also, it is the only dog training collar that is safe and gentle to use on puppies that are under four months of age. Once you start training your dog, try to do as much of the training as possible with a buckle collar. It should be tight enough to keep your dog from slipping out of it.


If your dog has a narrow head, it is likely that he may pull out of his buckle collar, especially when he gets excited. Or he may pull so hard on a buckle collar that could hurt your hand and arm. In this case, it would be safer to use a choke collar.


The choke collar is the next alternative to using dog training collars. They are usually made of either chain or nylon. However, nylon choke collars are more preferred because it is gentler to the dogs. Also, nylon choke collars do not wear off the coat around the neck of a long-haired dog and they slide easier than chain collars.


Of all the dog training collars, the choke collar is the most difficult to use correctly. If used incorrectly, it can damage your dog's throat. It has to be put on properly to function as it should. Below are two things to remember in order to properly put on a choke collar:


1. When your dog is to your left side, the part of the choke collar that you connect your leash to comes over the top of your dog's head.


2. Your dog should be sitting in front and facing you. Make a P with the collar and slip it over the dog's head.


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Author Linda1  Added On Sat Mar 03rd,2007
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 Flourless to Stop Him (A Baker's Treat Mystery) by Nancy J. Parra
  It's a busy time for Toni at her gluten free bakery.  It's Christmastime and she is trying her best to get the holiday cookies baked on time.  Toni is visiting with her best friend, Tasha Wilkes, who runs the Red Tile Inn. 

Maria, the maid, came rushing in and informed Tasha that she found a body in one of the rooms.  It turns out that the room is registered to Tim who is Toni's brother.  The body is identified as Howard Petry who was a good friend of Tim's.

In the meantime, Tim is staying over Toni's house.  The police obtain a search warrant and find cocaine hidden in Toni's garage.   Tim insists he had nothing to do with the murder of Howard or with the cocaine.  Was someone trying to frame Tim?

Toni had been so busy with her bakery that she decided to just leave the investigation to the police.  She also relied on Grandma Ruth, a woman in her 90's, who had excellent investigative skills.  As time goes on, Toni decides she has to help Tim and gets involved in the investigation.

Is Toni successful at trying to help prove Tim is innocent?

Not only is there a mystery in this book but it also contains a bit of romance since Toni, who has been divorced for many years, is a little hesitant to get involved in a relationship again.  There are a few men interested in Toni and this adds more interest to the story.

Flourless to Stop Him is an interesting cozy mystery and a pleasure to read.  There is enough of a mystery to keep the reader turning the pages.  The reader will also feel involved in the romance and in whom, if anyone, Toni will decide on as a possible new relationship.  My favorite character is Grandma Ruth who is full of life and moves along on her scooter no matter what time of day.  She can also out eat anyone when it comes to the cookies at the bakery and has fairly good investigative skills for a woman her age.If you enjoy cozy mysteries, read Flourless to Stop Him.  You will find this book very entertaining.


Author Nancy Eaton  Added On Sun Jul 17th,2016
Rating (0)  Category Mystery Book Reviews
 An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
 

An Unmarked Grave takes place in 1918. Bess Crawford is a nurse where she is assigned to a field hospital in France. She tends to the wounded. The situation gets worse as the Spanish Influenza strikes and makes not only the soldiers very ill but also some of the medical staff.

A private who is in charge of the dead bodies until a burial takes place confronts Bess. He asks Bess to come with him. The private has one more body then he should have and suspects something is not right. Bess agrees to go with the private to the shed where the bodies are kept. After viewing the body, she confirms the soldier did not die from either the influenza or from wounds received in a battle. She also recognizes the young man.

Bess wants to report this matter; however, she is taken very ill with the influenza. She is sent home to her parents. As she begins to recover, she starts to remember some of these things that happened with the soldier. At first, she thought she might have had a dream but in time she is sure about what had taken place.

Her parents do not want her to return to France because this is the second time she almost died. Bess is determined to return and solve the mystery of the young soldier. Tension starts to mount when something bad seems to be happening to people who are connected to this case.

Will Bess Crawford be able to discover what really happened?

The writing team of Charles Todd does an excellent job with the descriptive details and the reader will feel like the authors are painting a picture for them as the story continues.

An Unmarked Grave gives the reader everything they could wish for in a book. You have a mystery that is difficult to solve, three-dimensional characters and a plot that will hold your interest throughout the book. I have read several books by Charles Todd and always enjoy the historical mysteries involving Bess. The historical detail makes for a very interesting read. It is not necessary to read the other books first but you will probably want to do so once you have read An Unmarked Grave.

Author Nancy Eaton  Added On Thu Jun 14th,2012
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 The Bone Yard by Jefferson Bass
 

What is the body farm? It is a research facility at the University of Tennessee where students who are studying forensics can learn about the various stages of decomposition of bodies. There are hundreds of corpses in various states of disrepair. Some bodies are above ground and others are buried.

Angie St. Claire, a forensic analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asks Dr. Brockton who is in charge of the body farm for help. Angie's sister has died and the death has been ruled a suicide. Angie does not believe her sister committed suicide. Her belief is that her sister was murdered and probably by her own husband. To add fuel to the fire, the husband did not waste any time burying Angie's sister. In fact, she was not embalmed. The difficult part is that Angie has to prove her accusations.

Dr. Brockton agrees to help Angie. He also believes that Angie's sister was murdered because suicide by shotgun is rare, especially among women. As he is beginning his investigation into Angie's sister's death, some strange things start to happen. A dog has found not one but two sculls which end up belonging to adolescents. These sculls also appear to contain fractures. Their search to identify the victims leads them to the North Florida Boy's Reformatory. A diary, apparently written by one of the students, has been found and claimed that one wrong move could land a boy in the Bone Yard. As Dr. Brockton continues his investigation, he finds opposition from the local Sheriff. Why? What is the Sheriff hiding?

Are Angie and Dr. Brockton able to find the answers that will explain how her sister really died? What is going on with the second mystery involving the sculls?

The writing team of Jefferson Bass is never short on details regarding the body farm. Some of the details will make you cringe as you are reading this book. The Bone Yard involves a mystery within a mystery. How is that for a double treat? Most of the action happens beforehand but the exciting part is following Dr. Brockton and watching him using his expertise in order to put all the pieces of the puzzle together to find the truth. The forensic details make for an interesting read as well as one that is also educational for the reader. I have enjoyed several of the books written by the team of Jefferson Bass. The Bone Yard really held my attention and I could not wait to read the next chapter. If you enjoy investigations involving forensics, The Bone Yard is a must read.

Author Nancy Eaton  Added On Thu Mar 10th,2011
Rating (0)  Category Mystery Book Reviews
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