Charlie Enzo Needs a Home

A Dog Rescue Story

Children - Animals
29 Pages
Reviewed on 12/31/2020
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Author Biography

Amy Baklund’s love for dogs began in her early childhood when she and her brother would dress their Brittany Spaniels, Midge and Rags, in their dad’s clothes. Amy has spent her career in working in Fortune 50 consumer product and retail companies. Her passion for animals and cancer research led her to create the non-profit, Copan’s Place 501(c)3, to find a cure for cancer after she lost her Bernese Mountain dog, Copan, to cancer. She currently volunteers her time as the Vice President, Board of Directors at Ethos Discovery, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to delivering innovations that will improve the outcome for pets and humans afflicted with complex medical problems. Amy grew up in Bellingham, Washington and holds a B.A. from the University of Washington. She currently resides in La Jolla, California where she loves swimming in the ocean. When she’s not a home in La Jolla she’s off intrepidly traveling the world, 53 countries and counting. She wrote Charlie Enzo Needs a Home, during COVID-19 with her core belief that when life gives you lemons, make lemon-aid. The book was written with the intent to teach children US geography, ignite a passion for travel and teach the responsibility of adopting a dog.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Charlie Enzo is a very active sheepadoodle puppy. The first family to adopt Charlie Enzo didn’t have time for him and he was often left alone to entertain himself. Finally, a fur-ever family was found, but it was way across the country from his first home in Detroit. A man came in a van and drove him across the country, stopping for walks and adventures along the way. Charlie Enzo saw Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and finally, his new home, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in California. It was quite an adventure.

Amy Baklund’s picture book story, Charlie Enzo Needs a Home: A Dog Rescue Story, documents one dog's journey to find his fur-ever home. The story is told in the third-person narrative and follows Charlie Enzo from his birth home, his first adopted family, and across the country to his fur-ever home in California. While young readers will learn about puppy care and how it is important to spend time with our pets, to play with them and love them, they will also learn a little about the geography of the United States as Charlie Enzo visits some interesting sites on his journey to his new home in California. The colorful illustrations help carry the story along. This is a charming, compassionate story that will warm the hearts of all who read it as it reinforces the importance of caring for and loving our four-legged, furry members of the family. Beautifully told.