Volunteers mourn dog left to die in old shelter when new shelter opened

  Dexter was killed by Miami Dade Animal Services, but only after getting the standard -- almost inevitable -- label of "aggressive." Volunteers say he was not aggressive at all, and his video would appear to support that statement. The video of Dexter shows a dog whose purpose in life appears to be getting some … Continue reading Volunteers mourn dog left to die in old shelter when new shelter opened

Volunteers mourn dog left to die in old shelter when new shelter opened

Dexter was killed by Miami Dade Animal Services, but only after getting the standard -- almost inevitable -- label of "agressive." Volunteers say he was not aggressive at all, and his video would appear to support that statement. Lifeisgoodwithdogs on Facebook The video of Dexter shows a dog whose purpose in life appears to be … Continue reading Volunteers mourn dog left to die in old shelter when new shelter opened

Dog killed after animal control threatened foster family

Rambo had a family who loved him and wanted to adopt him. He had a rescue that had pulled him hours before he was going to be killed at Miami Dade Animal Services. But an aggressive, pit-bull hating animal control officer named David Aycook decided that Rambo didn't deserve to live, so he confiscated Rambo … Continue reading Dog killed after animal control threatened foster family

Volunteers heartbroken; dog failed by shelter three times was killed

A frightened white dog was quietly killed in Tampa, Florida, at the county shelter. His name was Georgie. And he never had a chance. This is the third article about how poor Georgie never had a break in his life, and how the county shelter -- Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center -- totally failed him, … Continue reading Volunteers heartbroken; dog failed by shelter three times was killed

‘Redemption Road’ by John Hart: Brilliant crime fiction

Rating: 5 (or more) stars John Hart's novels are beautiful, which might seem a strange adjective because of their subject matter. He writes about prison, murder, child abuse, and other ugly topics. Yet as he does so brilliantly in "Redemption Road, Hart's novels are filled with the ultimate beauty of the human spirit. When all … Continue reading ‘Redemption Road’ by John Hart: Brilliant crime fiction

Volunteers heartbroken; dog failed by shelter three times was killed

A frightened white dog was quietly killed in Tampa, Florida, at the county shelter. His name was Georgie. And he never had a chance. This is the third article about how poor Georgie never had a break in his life, and how the county shelter -- Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center -- totally failed him, … Continue reading Volunteers heartbroken; dog failed by shelter three times was killed

‘Wolf Hollow’ by Lauren Wolk: Superb middle grade historical fiction

Rating: 5 stars "Wolf Hollow" by Lauren Wolk is, on the surface, a beautifully written historical novel about a girl who learns some difficult facts about life and lying. The setting is rural Pennsylvania in 1943, and while the war is raging in Europe, it seems far from this idyllic town with close-knit people who … Continue reading ‘Wolf Hollow’ by Lauren Wolk: Superb middle grade historical fiction

‘Mister Cleghorn’s Seal’ by Judith Kerr: Touching (mostly) true story

Rating: 4 stars "Mister Cleghorn's Seal" is Judith Kerr's first children's novel in 37 years, and it's worth the long wait. According to the publicist, "The story is based on a real life experience from when Judith Kerr’s father had taken in an abandoned seal pup when he was young, which Judith recounts in the … Continue reading ‘Mister Cleghorn’s Seal’ by Judith Kerr: Touching (mostly) true story

‘When Friendship Followed Me Home’ by Paul Griffin: middle grade fiction

Rating: 4 stars "When Friendship Followed Me Home" by Paul Griffin has a dog on the cover. Call me a sucker, but that was the hook. And after that there was nothing to do but keep reading until the tearful end. The story is touching and gripping and magical. Griffin writes beautifully about family, friendship, … Continue reading ‘When Friendship Followed Me Home’ by Paul Griffin: middle grade fiction

‘The Last Good Girl’ by Allison Leotta: Gripping crime novel

Rating: 4 stars In "The Last Good Girl," Allison Leotta continues the story of Anna Curtis, an Assistant United States Attorney, who is in Michigan living with her sister, her sister's newborn baby, and her boyfriend, Cooper. Back in Washington, DC are her job and her former fiancee and boss, Jack Bailey. Leotta's thrust in … Continue reading ‘The Last Good Girl’ by Allison Leotta: Gripping crime novel

Getting to know authors of of ‘The Year We Turned Forty’ Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Talking with Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is like getting together with a girlfriend, or two. They are smart, articulate and easy to talk to. And it's obvious that they are best friends from the way they glance at each other when answering questions to the way they finish each other's sentences. Liz and Lisa … Continue reading Getting to know authors of of ‘The Year We Turned Forty’ Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Skinny, scarred stray on death row was adopted 2 months ago by hog hunting felon

Volunteers in Tampa, Florida are heartbroken that a dog they knew had been adopted by a felon, who gave a false address and who wanted dogs for hog hunting, has been returned to the shelter a broken dog. He is very thin, and his face is covered in scars. But worse -- far worse -- … Continue reading Skinny, scarred stray on death row was adopted 2 months ago by hog hunting felon