Monday, October 22, 2007

Miracle Dog, Challenge Book

I sped through this one at the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon and just loved it. It's a book every animal lover should read, simply to raise awareness as to how certain shelters operate in this country.
In Miracle Dog: How Quentin Survived the Gas Chamber to Speak for Animals on Death Row author Randy Grim describes how he came to foster, and then own, Quentin. The dog was on the "death row" in a St. Louis animal shelter and was gassed along with several other dogs. Instead of dying as he was supposed to, the gas chamber operator opened the door to dispose of the deceased dogs and found Quentin standing on top of the pile of animals. She then knew that this dog was special. Quentin goes on to help raise awareness for the horrible ways animals are euthanized and why laws need to be changed. He succeeded in getting the St. Louis shelter to discontinue using gas as its method, switching instead to the more human, lethal injection. Quentin also helps to bring awareness to the importance of spaying and neutering animals, as well as keeping good track of pets in order to prevent unnecessary shelter visits.

This was a very heartbreaking and eye-opening book. I had no idea that there were such things as animal gas chambers and I love that this dog survived, living to help other dogs in situations just like his. This was a short book, one that I was able to read very quickly, helping to knock another off my Four Legged Friends challenge list.

Being able to build a dog house for your dog is nice since a dog house is something that your dog will utilize. Other things like dog supplies needed and other dog items can be found over the internet.

1 comment:

Jeane said...

This sounds like a good book.