Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family — and a Whole Town — About Hope and Happy Endings has got to be one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Since losing Buddy I shy away from stories having to do with dogs but two things made me pick this book up and that was the ‘oh so cute puppy on the front’ and the fact that it said ‘happy endings’. This novel renews your faith in the goodness of people and after reading it you come away with a sense of hope and happiness. I am so glad to have read it!
Janet’s son Michael had been on a mission to get a puppy from a very young age and he was relentless in his pursuit. However, both Janet and her husband Rich were both really busy and living in a New York apartment and they just didn’t have the time to care for a pet. The years passed but Michael’s love for animals and his desire for a dog never went away. Then Janet receives awful news – she has breast cancer. Her main worry is what this will do to Michael and she and Rich decide that they will let Michael get a puppy after Janet gets through her chemo and radiation treatments. This promise acts as a light at the end of the tunnel for all of them.
Finally the time comes for them to choose a dog. Michael has always adored the toy poodle living above them and as fate would have it, he ends up with that dog’s brother. He names him Huck and very quickly Huck becomes a cherished member of the family. After getting through the treatments and such the family decides to reward themselves with a vacation and they plan on leaving Huck with Janet’s sister and her family. They leave although they really have some inkling of not really wanting to leave Huck but they know he is safe where he is. Unfortunately Huck manages to squeeze through a fence and gets away. Janet, Rich, and Michael rush back from their holiday and the race to find Huck begins.
Along the way in their search for Huck they meet so many wonderful people; people who were willing to give up their time and energy to help look for Huck. Rich is one of those people who believes in the goodness of people but even he was overwhelmed with how much people cared. Really I’m not though as anyone who loves or has pets can only imagine the horrible feeling that would come from losing one and want to help. At least I sure would. Flyers went up and school kids put flyers up at their schools. People would call with sightings of Huck and finally it was one of those calls that led to them finding Huck.
Everyone knows how much I love dogs. I believe that they can heal our hearts and make our days so much better. They love unconditionally and with everything they’ve got. They are a precious gift. Huck helped his family to heal from a traumatic illness by just being himself. In getting lost he managed to bring a lot of people together and gave everyone such hope in the goodness of the people all around us when we least expect it.
This is my favorite passage. It reminds us of how truly special pets are and how much our lives are enriched by them…
‘Huck has brought unparalleled joy into all our lives and is a constant reminder of the simple virtues that matter most in life — loyalty, humour, patience, companionship, and unconditional love. He is also a reminder that joy may be just around the corner.’ (pg 295)
Any of you who love dogs and like a story that is hopeful and makes you feel good in the end – this is the one. I won’t lie though; I cried more than a few tears while Huck was missing. I have to say though that this story made my heart feel good and that to me makes a good book. I would recommend this book in an instant!
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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winners on Saturday, December 17/11. Good luck everyone!
Source: A copy was provided to me for review from the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.