Synopses & Reviews
Dogs have been mans best friend for thousands and thousands of years, acting as companion, hunting partner and protector in a relationship that has benefitted both parties. Nowadays, nearly 75 million dogs have homes with American families, where many sleep in your beds, accompany you to school, and eat your unwanted broccoli at the dinner table. However, millions of dogs are born in the United States each year without a place to live. Many of these animals find themselves in shelters, and many, if they are not adopted, are put to sleep. Rescuing Rover
takes readers into the heart of the dog overpopulation problem. Covering puppy mills, pet stores and backyard breeders, author and photographer Raymond Bial does not shy away from the grim realities of this crisis. Where do all these dogs come from? Why arent there enough homes? Why should you not buy a pet from a pet store? What does it mean to be a puppy mill dog?
But then he takes readers into a local animal shelter and shares with them the ins and outs of daily life there. Who runs animal shelters? Where do the pets come from? How long do they stay? Who plays with the cats and feeds the dogs? And most importantly, how can you adopt one? With captivating images and in straightforward prose, Rescuing Rover is an introduction to what it is like to be a homeless pet in America, and a call to arms.
During Hurricane Katrina, evacuating New Orleans residents were forced to leave their pets behind. Bobbi the dog was initially chained to keep her safe, but after her owners failed to return, she had to break free. For months, Bobbi wandered the city's ravaged streets-dragging her chain behind her-followed by her feline companion, Bob Cat. After months of hunger and struggle, the Two Bobbies were finally rescued by a construction worker helping to rebuild the city. When he brought them to a shelter, volunteers made an amazing discovery about the devoted friends-Bob Cat was actually blind He had survived the aftermath of the storm by following the sound Bobbi's chain made as she dragged it along the ground.
At the shelter, the two bob-tailed friends refused to be parted, even for a moment. Could rescue workers find the Bobbies' owners? Or could they find a new home that would take them together? This remarkable true story of devotion and survival is a testament to the spirit that defined post-Katrina rescue missions, and is a perfect way to commemorate the this day in history.
Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. But not Bobbi and Bob Cat—they still had each other. Only by staying together could they survive. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.
Nearly 75 million dogs live with American families, where many sleep in our beds, walk us to school, and eat our unwanted broccoli. However, millions of dogs are born in America each year without a place to live. Most of these animals find themselves in shelters, and many, if they are not adopted, are put to sleep. Raymond Bial takes readers into the genesis of the dog overpopulation problem, covering puppy mills, pet stores, and backyard breeders, and then he profiles a local animal shelter, sharing with readers the ins and outs of daily life there. Who runs animal shelters? Who plays with the pets? How long do they stay? And how can you adopt one?
About the Author
Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery are the best of friends, just like Bobbi and Bob Cat. They first saw the Two Bobbies on Anderson Cooper 360° and found hope in the Bobbies story of friendship and survival. Kirby is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including the 2007 Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky. Mary is the author of many picture books, including Mary Veronicas Egg. Kirby lives in Kenmore, Washington, and Mary lives in Eureka, California. The authors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society. Visit their Web sites at www.kirbylarson.com and www.marynethery.com
Jean Cassels has illustrated more than fifty nonfiction nature titles. Her other titles include Groundhog Stays Up Late and Brer Rabbit Captured! Jean lives with her husband in New Orleans. They left the city with their three dogs a day before Katrina, and it was six weeks before they could return home. Although there is still much left to accomplish throughout the city, Jean is glad to say that through the efforts of the residents and the visitors who have come to help, New Orleans is making a comeback. Visit her Web site at www.jean-cassels.com