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Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a family--and a Whole town--about Hope and Happy Endingsby Janet Elder
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In the tradition of Dewey, A Lion Called Christian, and Homer's Odyssey, HUCK is an unforgettable true story of a lost puppy and a family who learned a valuable lesson about tenacity, faith, and the generosity of strangers.
This story begins with a little boy's dream. Janet Elder's son Michael was about four when he began begging for a dog. His relentless campaign went on for years. At one point, when Michael was about seven years old, there was even a PowerPoint presentation entitled, My Dog, with headings like A Childhood Without a Dog is a Sad Thing. Janet almost caved, but then thought about the impracticalities and the logistics--their city apartment, her and her husband Rich's demanding jobs, their need to get away. So as much as she hated having a heartbroken boy on her hands, she remained steadfast: no dog. What makes her reconsider her long-standing position on a family dog is a breast cancer diagnosis.
Worried about the toll the illness would take on eleven-year-old Michael and Rich, Janet decides the anticipation and excitement over the arrival of a new puppy would be the perfect antidote to the strain on the family of months of treatments for her illness. The prospect of a new puppy would be an affirmation of life, a powerful talisman for them all.
On Thanksgiving weekend, shortly after the treatments were completed, they bring home a sweet, mischievous, red-haired, toy poodle, they name Huck, who quickly and conclusively wins everyone's heart.
A few months later, the family ventures south to attend the Yankees' spring training and enjoy a much-needed vacation, leaving Huck for the first time with Janet's sister in Ramsey, New Jersey. Barely twenty-four hours into their trip, Janet gets a dreaded phone call. Huck has slipped through the backyard fence and run away. Broken hearted and frantic, the family races home to begin a search for little Huck. It's a race against time, for Huck, lost in an area he is entirely unfamiliar with, faces the threat of bears, coyotes, raccoons, swamps, freezing temperatures, rain, and fast cars on curvy roads. Moved by the family's plight, strangers - from school children to the police lieutenant — join the search.
As the days pass, finding a small puppy in a densely wooded area in freezing and rainy weather proves to be an incredible test. Buoyed by grit, the open arms of strangers, and faith, the family soldiers on. Touching and warm-hearted, HUCK is a page-turning, heart-stopping story about resilience, the kindness of strangers, and determination. It is a story about hope, a story the reader will neither put down nor forget.
From the Hardcover edition.
Traces the inspirational story of a breast-cancer survivor whose new puppy ran away from its caregiver while the family was on vacation, a loss for which the author's family was assisted by numerous helpers from the police chief to local school children.
Janet Elder is a senior editor at The New York Times. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Richard Pinsky, their son, Michael, andthe family dog.
About the Author
Janet Elderis the editor for news surveys and election analysis at The New York Times.
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