Wow, what a great story! It took me two nights to read this book, only because I was too tired to finish it one night. I was worried about reading about graphic details of animals being harmed and abused, but I was pleasantly surprised. The authors did a wonderful job of not being too graphic and sticking more to the important points and anecdotes worth hearing. I would recommend this book to anyone, it was such a beautiful true story and worth the read.
Loved, loved, loved it. Read it in one day. Ginny is the cutest, smartest dang dog ever. Phillip is one great man too. Everyone needs a dog like this...but I certainly wouldn't keep all those cats! ~:^)
Any pet lover MUST read this book.
This is an interesting book and a quick, easy read. It is not a religious book but you will definitely see the hand of God at work in this man's life. I plan to give it to my 13-year-old son to read next.
This poignant canine memoir recounts the story of Ginny, a Long Island dog with a remarkable ability to seek out and rescue homeless cats. Simple but delightful, the story is narrated from the perspective of Ginny's owner, Philip Gonzalez. Badly disabled in an industrial accident, Gonzalez quickly fell into a downward spiral of despair. His saving grace arrived in the form of a small, scruffy grey dog. Ginny quickly provided Philip with a focus in life: cats--hundreds of them. Each chapter recounts Ginny's amazing rescues of helpless felines. Particularly heartwarming is the image of Ginny running across broken glass to reach a kitten in distress. As Ginny saved cats, Philip housed them, and soon his life was taken over by the creatures--many disabled or disfigured. The Dog Who Rescues Cats is packed with touching photographs of Ginny and her feline family. Included is an introduction by Cleveland Amory, noted animal enthusiast and author of The Cat Who Came for Christmas.
From School Library Journal
YA?When Philip Gonzalez, a young Vietnam vet, became disabled in an industrial accident, he didn't realize how drastically his life would change. Always fit and active, he found himself living on disability with little prospect of employment. Depressed and isolated, he finally followed a friend's advice and got a dog for companionship and to keep him from being so self-centered. Not being a dog lover, he was somewhat bewilderingly taken by a female mongrel named Ginny, who was in almost as bad shape as he. She soon became the center of his life?but the center of her life seemed to be stray cats. Soon Gonzalez was also taking in debilitated felines. While not great literature, this brief look at the author's relationship with Ginny and their raison d'etre is heartwarming and readers will soon become involved with them and their adopted cats, all of whom have distinct and winning personalities. Many YAs will think twice about cats, dogs, and handicaps after reading this book