Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Dog’s Tale

An unstoppable magnetic force occurred when my daughter spied this book cover. And when she got past the cover she could NOT put Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle down. Then, when I read this story of a stray dog in Iraq connecting with an American soldier stationed there and of the great lengths they went to be together,  I confess, I cried.

Ages 4-12

Activity: Here are three ways you can help dogs at your local shelter:

1. Go to the dogs
Besides walking and playing with the shelter dogs you could also help teach them to sit, stay, walk calmly on a leash or shake paws and they will be infinitely more adoptable. 

2. Get the word (and pictures) out
Take photos and write descriptions of the animals with staff assistance and keep the shelters’ online, newspaper and other postings current. Publicly showcasing the animals that are at the shelter dramatically increases adoptions.

3. Donate food and other items
When you're buying food for your pet, why not pick up some food for the shelter animals? Shelters also need other items like blankets and sheets. Call your local shelter to ask what is on their wish list.


  1. I loved this book as well! It also made me cry. It's wonderful for all dog lovers. I'd also put it up there with other great non-fiction animal picture books with photos like Owen & Mzee (another of my favorites!) and Knut, the book about the polar bear at the Berlin zoo. Has your daughter read those? There's also a wonderful one about a dog and an elephant who become best friends (true, not fiction, although the name escapes me at the moment...)

  2. I think you are referring to Tarra & Bella. In fact, we haven't read any of these yet. We'll add them to our wish list. Love your input!