Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Woof is a mutt. He doesn’t think he’s very attractive, but he does believe he has a loving family. After all, they do call him all kinds of names, like Shut Up and Stupid Dog. It makes him feel special. What he doesn’t understand is that he’s left in a dark room, probably the garage, often with little or no water or food, and only garden tools as toys. He thinks it’s great, except for the lack of food and water. He hasn’t known another life. When poor Woof knocks over something toxic, he almost dies. A kind vet saves his life and he finds himself in a shelter. Another dog informs him that the names Woof was once called are not really very nice names. Woof also learns that someone will adopt him from the shelter and then he will have a real loving family, a forever home.
Woof’s story is, sadly, not unique. So many dogs and cats are abandoned, abused, or worse. Similar stories appear in the news almost daily. We need to be more compassionate to our four-legged friends. We have to love and cherish them, but also teach them good behavior, in a loving manner, so that they fit into a forever home and a loving family. It takes time and patience and a whole lot of positive reinforcement, love and care to make a dog or a cat a part of the family in every sense of the word. William Klenk’s picture book story, Rescue: A Dog’s Journey, is a much needed children’s story to teach the importance of caring for and loving a dog as an important part of the family. Dogs have feelings, too. And they really can be a ‘best friend’. Told with compassion and warmth, this is a tragic story that turned into a beautiful, happy ending.