Wow I actually read a book and am reviewing it! Allbeit a small book, but either way, this is one for all those dog lovers out there.
The blurb is simple.
This is the story of a dog named Scraggly. Born an outsider because of her distinctive appearance, she spends most of her days in the sun-filled yard of her owner’s house. Scraggly has dreams and aspirations just like the rest of us. But each winter, dark clouds descend and Scraggly is faced with challenges that she must overcome. Through the clouds and even beyond the gates of her owner’s yard lies the possibility of friendship, motherhood and happiness – they are for the taking if Scraggly can just hold on to them, bring them home and build the life she so desperately desires.
Now, truth be told this probably is aimed at younger readers, or people who find they can’t sit for the length of longer books. However, it was easy to read and told the story in such a way that I refused to put the book down.
Without wanting to ruin the story, here’s my mini synopsis. Scraggly’ story begins as a pup, the oddball of the litter, and she is frequently reminded of the fact that even her own mother considers her an outsider. From the start, Scraggly is taught that life is cruel to so many of us, and she begins to associate this with the winter months. As the chapters flow, we see Scraggly and her owner grow older and watch their relationship flow the way any relationship does.
This book is written from Scraggly’s point of view, and so it was easy to imagine my own dog having these thoughts at different times. In fact, it was hard at times to read without thinking of Baron. You don’t have to be a dog person to feel the pain and turmoil that Scraggly goes through at different stages in her life.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who asks, however I would strongly emphasise the fact that it is probably aimed for younger readers.
Hope you enjoy!