In the sweltering heat of a Clay County summer, a chained dog gives birth to a spirited, black puppy named Toby. Taken from his mother’s side at just a few weeks old, Toby soon wins the love of an adoring family. But just as quickly, he finds himself struggling to survive in the unforgiving world of the county animal shelter.
But he’s not alone – a motley cast of homeless dogs and a devoted pair of shelter workers will give anything to make sure Toby makes it out alive.
Chasing the Blue Sky is the compelling, emotional story of one dog’s journey to find his place in the great big world.
I picked this book up because I am a huge Pit bull fan. I could not resist that cover! I should have known what I was getting into right from the start but just could not put the book down. While reading, I could not get my four legged little girl out of my head and was so thankful that we had her. On with my story…
Harper was 12 weeks old when we adopted her. My best friend was on the board for a local pit bull rescue and my husband and I followed their page on Facebook. My husband actually noticed the post first. Valentine’s Pups from Ohio. Mama and her 7 pups were brought to PA from a shelter in Ohio. Apparently, Mama and pups were found living under a porch of an abandoned house. No pit bull type dogs were allowed to be adopted out in Ohio at that time due to BSL. (Breed Specific Legislation) A kind soul whom had a love of pitties too, would remove the dogs from the shelter and contact rescues in other states, literally removing the dogs and driving them to the rescues that would take care of adopting them out. We always say that Harper came to us via the underground railroad…lol! She arrived to us on 2/20/12 and we have adored her ever since.
I honestly cannot imagine my life without her in it. She just turned 6 this past November and she is such a good dog. She has met many friends along the way and we are hoping for her to meet many more to come. She is a true Mama’s girl but also enjoys the love of Daddy and her human sisters. She loves to play and loves to snuggle. And we just adore her! I highly recommend everyone to check out their local shelters and rescues. There are so many great dogs out there that need loving homes.
My thoughts on the book
This book ripped my heart out and shred it into a thousand pieces! I have never read a story told in the POV from an animal before and I have to tell you…I was sobbing most of the way through the book. I cannot even tell you in words how bad this book wrecked me. My husband actually told me to stop reading it but I needed to find out the ending for myself.
The story starts out with little white dog being pregnant and living in the backyard, chained to her dog house. Most of the time she is cold, thirsty and hungry. She feels as if there really is not much to look forward to except for the short times when her human actually acknowledges her. Then she gives birth to her babies and her life takes on new meaning. She is once again happy and thriving. She finds so much joy in them. The pups get older and strange people come to visit, leaving with her pups until she is down to one. But eventually, even he finds a home too.
The rest of the book is told from Toby’s POV. He was the last pup to leave Mama and went home with a family of four. At first, he is the families pride & joy and they adore him. But soon, Toby starts noticing things changing.
The book goes through Toby’s whole life. We get to see what happens to one dog over the course of time and get an understanding of why dogs may act the way they do in different situations. From being around friends in rescue, these things were actually not anything that I was not aware of already but it was so much more emotional reading it through the eyes of the dog.
I really adored this book and really recommend it to EVERYONE!!! Our shelters are over populated and animal neglect is a horrible, real thing! I am a firm believer that if you are not going to treat your pet like a member of the family….don’t have one! I had actually been thinking about volunteering at our local Humane Society but had been putting it off for a while now. After reading this book, I can honestly say that I am filling out my application today!!! The least I could do is give an dog a few moments reprieve from the cage and something to look forward to.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.