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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Poor Teddy: The True Story of a Poodle Named After a Noodle is the incredible story of shelter adoption, written by Lisa DePriest and illustrated by Ignacio G. Abandoned and tied to a shelter door, Teddy growls out of fear when strangers approach him. Having been abused and neglected by previous owners, Teddy is unable to trust people. Some medical attention and grooming are required to improve his health, but potential families show more interest in the other prettier dogs. Teddy remains at the shelter for a number of months, continually overlooked. When Lisa – a member of the shelter staff – takes Teddy home for the weekend, she is surprised to see how well Teddy gets along with her other animals, but Lisa’s husband resists adopting another furry family member... until Teddy’s lovable personality rubs off in just the right way.
I was so excited by Teddy’s story that I read it more than once before posting this review. Having worked as a Vet Tech for the RSPCA, I was able to connect with the words on each page, and truly felt the sadness Lisa DePriest expressed – so much so that it reduced me to tears. It is always shocking to see how emotionally and physically abused animals often are when they are brought to the shelter by the inspectors – and we are all too aware that these are the lucky ones which are actually rescued from their situation before it is too late. Teddy had sustained injuries which left him unwilling to trust new people, but the love, patience and dedication of Lisa, as well as the non-judgmental welcome Teddy received by the other animals in Lisa’s home quickly taught Teddy that not all people are monsters. Happy endings in animal abuse cases are always the endings I look forward to and I am so happy that Teddy got his well-deserved happy ending. I absolutely loved reading Poor Teddy: The True Story of a Poodle Named After a Noodle and wholeheartedly recommend this book to readers of all ages, especially those who have an interest in being parents, guardians or foster parents of animals in need.