Pepe Learns to Run Again

An Inspirational True Story

Children - Animals
38 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2018
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Author Biography

Christina Potter’s almost thirty years of training dogs have taught her more than her Masters Degree in Canine Psychology ever could. She has spent thousands of hours handling dogs for print ads, websites, motion capture for video games, commercials, and television shows--both live and pre-recorded. She was the animal handler on the live TV Special “2014 Hero Dog Awards”, the pilot episode of the TV series “The Good Cop” and the video short “…And She Was My Eve”. She was the on-set trainer for feature films “Funny Games”, “As Good As Dead”, “Our Idiot Brother”, “Second Act” and “Brittany Runs a Marathon”. She has trained and titled dogs in Rally, Competitive Obedience, Conformation, Agility and Trick Dog. She promoted the American Kennel Club’s trick dog program with two live demos during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club, both during the agility finals and during the second day of conformation. She is the award-winning author of “Chester Gigolo: Diary of a Dog Star”, “Insider Training: Chester Gigolo’s Dog Training Secrets Revealed”, “Head of the Pack: Chester Gigolo’s Advanced Dog Training Secrets”, "Pepe Learns to Run Again", and is a contributing author to “Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors”. She is a columnist for the Three Dog Bakery company, and the Woof website, and has written numerous articles which have appeared in multiple national and international publications. Christina and her husband live in New Jersey with their four dogs: Hudson, Chester, Pepe and Rodney.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Chester is getting a puppy and he is excited. After breakfast, Chester, along with his mom and dad, go to the breeder’s house and there they see a black and white puppy with a wagging tail. Chester tells his parents that his name is Pepe in the story Pepe Learns to Run Again: An Inspirational True Story by Christina Potter. Chester and Pepe becomes friends on their way back home and Pepe listens to Chester’s stories intently. They play together every day. One day after waking up from his nap, Pepe starts limping and the vet tells them that he needs surgery on his back leg. The surgery goes well and Pepe has to exercise regularly so that he can recover quickly. The vet is not sure if Pepe can run again but Chester knows that Pepe is a fighter. Chester prays daily for Pepe’s speedy recovery. Will Pepe recover completely and be able to become an agility champion?

This is a beautiful story of companionship, unconditional love, encouragement, dedication, determination, and perseverance. It also shows the bond shared between dogs and humans. Chester and Pepe are adorable characters and will bring a smile to the faces of young readers. Pepe’s journey towards becoming the agility champion is well expressed and is palpable to readers. The illustrations are charming and they breathe life into the characters and story. The message and the concept of the story are both uplifting and encouraging. It is a good book for bedtime storytelling and is perfect for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.