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Dog Days in the City

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Dog Days in the City

Twelve-year-old Josie Shilling spends much of her time volunteering at her local vet’s office, helping out with all types of chores. She loves animals and is interested in a possible future as a veterinarian. One day when she goes to the office, a big box arrives. It is addressed to her. The box contains seven puppies and a letter from the person who left them there, asking Josie to find homes for them.

The sight of seven squiggly puppies melts Josie’s heart, and of course, she wants to help. When her mom sees the puppies at the vet’s office, her heart melts, too, and she (mom) insists that the puppies come home with them, but for only two weeks. At the end of that time, Josie has to find a home for all of them. Can she do it?

"Kendall incorporates several themes into the storyline....The subjects are handled great skill. As with the other book in this series, Kendall throws in some animal-related trivia, too."

This book is a sequel to Kendall’s first book about Josie called THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY. In that book, Josie’s brother rescues a pig from a farm and brings it home to the family’s small house. Josie falls in love with the pig --- she calls it Hamlet --- but she has to find a home for the pig as it quickly outgrows the house. Of course, she is successful in that endeavor, so one expects she will be successful in finding homes for seven puppies, although that job is a bit more challenging.

Kendall incorporates several themes into the storyline, that of senior dogs and caring for their physical needs, keeping up with friendships as situations change, as well as the issue of gay marriage. The subjects are handled great skill. As with the other book in this series, Kendall throws in some animal-related trivia, too.

My only complaint, and it is a trivial one, but there was something in the story line that was odd. At one point, Josie has to go to the store to buy collars for all the puppies. She insists on taking one puppy with her as she says she needs a puppy to measure for the size of the collars. But, before she brought the puppies home from the vet’s office, she borrowed collars for all the dogs. Couldn't she have just taken one of those collars with her and used it to determine the size needed? Yes, that is trivial, but it still bothered me, so I thought I’d mention it. Despite that, this is another heart-warming (and at times, tear-jerking) story that is well worth reading.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on October 25, 2018

Dog Days in the City
by Jodi Kendall