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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Gracie is a little dog with a lot of energy. It takes a special family to teach a dog, big or small. It takes time and patience and lots of love. Gracie’s first family didn’t have the time or patience, even though they loved Gracie. Then they brought home a new baby and there was no longer time for Gracie. They put the dog up for adoption. Gracie’s second home was far away in a home with two big dogs. She was scared and spent most of the time under the bed. Finally, a couple adopted Gracie when she was eight years old. They became her Mommy and Daddy and showed her love and patience and helped her fit into their loving home. Gracie was rescued by this couple, but she believes she rescued her Mommy and Daddy.
I always enjoy a good dog story, one that inspires hope and passion for these precious four-legged bundles of joy that come in all shapes and sizes. Authors Edgar Ramirez and Katie Rynkiewich have written an inspiring picture book story based on their own experiences rescuing Gracie. Their book, Gracie to the Rescue! The Life and Adventures of a Rescue Dog, is a sweet story full of sorrows and joys and, of course, lots of love. The story is aimed at young readers in the hopes of teaching them the importance of loving and caring for a pet and that it takes time. But, the rewards far outweigh the work involved. The endnote provides some backstory and some useful tips for adopting. A true story, hopefully Gracie’s tale will encourage others to adopt wisely, with consideration to time and care and love.