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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Buddy Heads Home by Mildred C. Glover is an amazing tale of a dog left homeless in New Orleans, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “Buddy” by name, this ivory-colored German Shepherd stayed home while his caretaker fled to an emergency shelter. Unfortunately, the shelter would not accept dogs. Still, Buddy stayed home as long as he could, until flood waters forced him to march ahead of the water. Soon an Army Jeep picked him up, and he rode around with them for a few days, but finally the time came when the Army could no longer keep him, so he was taken to an animal shelter some miles away.
In the meantime, Buddy’s family had certainly not given up hope. They knew he had been at home on September 20, 2005, according to the army personnel. They also knew he was NOT at home on September 29, 2005 when the family drove 700 miles hoping to find him. Later Buddy’s human “mom” was searching on a website featuring unclaimed animals displaced by the hurricane. Much to her surprise, she found a dog that looked very much like Buddy, except his name was “Charlie Parker.” Moreover, he was in Las Vegas, NV, so there was no way he could be Buddy. Still, the family did not give up hope. As the title suggests, Buddy and his family were finally able to celebrate a homecoming!
Buddy Heads for Home is a heart-warming story sure to bring a tear of joy to the eye of every dog lover. Mildred C. Glover has put on her thinking cap, and placed herself in Buddy’s position, so she could know what to write in this story. She has done an admirable job, portraying Buddy’s dilemma so believably one could almost suspect she and Buddy could talk to each other! This is one book for dog lovers that I absolutely must recommend for everyone who has ever considered him or herself to be a dog lover. Just don’t forget to keep a box of tissues handy.