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Porsche Bella's Forever Home is a children's animal picture book written by Patricia A. Brill, Ph.D., and illustrated by Curt Walstead. Porsche and her brother and sister were abandoned in a field by a breeder who didn't want them. It was a terrifying experience, and they got more and more hungry until a boy finally found them and took them home with him. He and his mom were the pups' foster family until they could find forever homes. The three boxers were white, and some people fear that their color will mean they could be blind or deaf. When Captain Zach and Dr. Pat came to visit the puppies, they could only take one as they already had four other dogs. They chose the little pup, who was frightened and wanted to stay with her litter mates, but she soon felt better when she found dog toys, food and a special bed waiting for her in the people’s van. When the three of them arrived at her new home, there were four other dogs waiting to meet her and become her new family.
Patricia A. Brill's animal book for children, Porsche Bella's Forever Home, introduces the fostering and adoption process that takes place when a family adopts an abandoned dog. Brill lists a few of the reasons why dogs are abandoned, and her story shows how well those dogs can adapt to a new forever home when they're given the chance. My Labrador Retriever was dumped outside a shelter at night when he was a puppy, and I can still remember his frightened face when we came to see him. Brill also addresses the urgent need for people to get involved in rescuing dogs and other pet animals who all deserve forever homes. Walstead's illustrations are perfectly matched with the story, and are brightly colored and cheerful. Porsche Bella's Forever Home is an ideal book to introduce a child to the process of adoption and make him/her aware of the fear and uncertainty a rescue pet may be feeling at first. It's highly recommended.