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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Dogs have feelings, too. Even stray dogs. They feel the cold, the loneliness, the sense of abandonment. They even feel the hunger and the fear. Some even have the privilege of knowing what it means to be loved. Adopted, then abandoned, loved by a homeless woman, then abandoned again when she dies, Woofie, whom the homeless woman called Poopsie, experiences all the heartaches that life can dish out for a dog. And yet he has the ability, and the opportunity, to finally find a love that will last.
Pamela Schloesser Canepa’s novella, From Lost to Loved: A Stray Dog’s Tale, is a compassionate and sometimes heartrending tale told in first person narrative. The story leads the reader through the stray’s first adoption, when he was just a puppy. He has a lot to learn, but, unfortunately, his first owners don’t have the patience to teach him. Instead, the dad is abusive and cruel and finally dumps the dog, whom they’ve named Woofie, in the country. Thus the life of a stray dog begins. He connects with a homeless woman and shares her love until one very cold night she dies in her sleep. He’s captured and taken to a shelter where he’s locked in a cage, surrounded by other frightened, whining dogs.
The author has successfully unraveled one stray dog’s sorry plight, creating a story that will touch the hearts of dog lovers everywhere and will hopefully touch a few other hearts as well. It’s stories like this that will change the cold hearts of those who don’t understand the importance of a dog’s love and how it must be returned in kind.