Duffy's World

Seeing the World through a Dog's Eyes

Non-Fiction - Animals
225 Pages
Reviewed on 10/31/2013
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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite

Ever look at your dog and wonder what he might be thinking? In Duffy's World, author Faith McCune shares the story of Duffy, her Australian Shepherd. The neat thing about this story is we get to see events unfold through Duffy's eyes. His fun-filled adventure from puppyhood to full on king of his domain is such an interesting journey. We meet him as a newborn puppy and follow him to his new home where his new human parents share the ups and downs of having such a boisterous dog. He shares his view on having a cat for a sister, the reaction he has from his first meeting with the vet to the many learning experiences that made him the wonderful dog he was.

As a dog owner, I found this book a must-read. I found several of Duffy's antics to be laugh out loud funny. As we meet his extended human family, we glimpse the joy that he brings to those around him, but we also see the attachments that he forms with them as well. The author truly captures the unbreakable bond that forms between pets and their owners. The author shares the fear that Duffy feels whenever he thinks his owners are gone, but we also feel the overwhelming elation whenever his owners return. Ms. McCune easily gives voice to what I am certain animals think. Duffy's World is as informative as it is entertaining. It was easy to see the author did her research as she shared many useful tips strategically placed throughout the story. Even though I am a long time dog owner, I actually learned a few new things. Ms. McCune captures the essence of Duffy, making me feel as if I knew him. A story that had me laughing but also had me shedding a few tears. An informative yet fun read that allows us to glimpse the wonderful adventure that is "Duffy's World."

Bil Howard

Duffy is an Australian Shepherd who shares in the narration of this delightful book which is a guide to raising a dog from puppy to adulthood. Duffy’s World: Seeing the World Through a Dog’s Eyes by Faith McCune takes the reader from Duffy’s weaning and separation from his mother to the adventures and misadventures of youth and on into the mature years and finally to the ultimate passing on, through the eyes of the owner and Duffy alike. Throughout the book, there are tips for properly taking care of your doggy at each stage of his life and also special tips and tricks for training. Overcoming each of the challenges in their lives, both Faith and Duffy offer plenty of advice and insight into how each responds to new situations and changes from completely different thought processes and viewpoints.

Duffy’s World by Faith McCune is as informative as it is fun to read. This is not only a great guide for a pet owner, but it presents the information in an enjoyable way that assists in explaining why puppies and dogs seem to react and do the things that they do. It is heartwarming, inspiring, and easy to read. The reader will be drawn into Duffy’s narrative and will benefit greatly from both Faith and Duffy's words of wisdom. This is an inventive, delightful, and excellent read. A must for dog lovers all over the world.

Lit Amri

The title – Duffy’s World: Seeing the World through a Dog’s Eyes – is self-explanatory. We follow a story about a dog, Duffy, an Australian Shepherd, through his perspective. It is written by Faith McCune, based on her true story about a precious furry member of her family. The story is also told from Faith's point of view. Her wish to have a pet dog leads her to an unsuccessful puppy search at the pet stores, until she finds an ad about a family with Australian Shepherd puppies to be adopted.

We share Duffy’s experience of this world from the very moment he was born. It was poignantly beautiful and, if I may say, educational. Faith and her husband Bernard embark on a colorful journey with Duffy through all life's ups and downs – and what a journey it was. There is a somewhat grim moment for me during Duffy adoption’s process. While the ‘humans’ are happy, Duffy on the other hand is miserable as he is taken from his similarly distressed mother. Fortunately, he learns to love his new home and his ‘Mama and Daddy.’ Throughout the book, there are helpful tips included regarding each event in the story such as the correct way to do the puppy adoption process, the right timing to adopt, preparation that one should do before bringing a pet home and much more.

Overall, it is a beautiful story about a dog, his family, and his outlook on the world. It is a unique kind of guide book for us, as we learn important lessons through Duffy’s World about our canine companions. Undeniably, Faith McCune has come up with a great concept for a book in the animal genre.