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Gone Dog


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Gone Dog by Carol Angel
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Puppins, a rescued black Labrador retriever, narrates his own bittersweet tale in this canine coming-of-age story. Puppins lives in Los Angeles with his adoptive "mom," Kristin. She's a twenty-something workaholic, too busy to give Puppins the attention he deserves, and she has way too many rules. Puppins, a teen (in human years), is bored. Where's the fabled drama that L.A. is noted for? Enter Ruby, an Irish setter born to run. Ruby lives on the backstreets of L.A. She is all about being free -- no owners, no leashes, no rules. When she dares Puppins to jump the fence and follow her, he does. Bad choice. An out-of-shape dog with a Velcro heart, clueless about how to survive on his own, is no match for cool, streetwise, Teflon-coated Ruby. Puppins gets ghosted. Brokenhearted, lost and alone, his courage goes into "fail" mode and he narrowly escapes death. Some truths gradually emerge: Freedom has a definite downside. Being homeless is harsh, no matter what species you are. And it's actually possible for an ordinary dog, with the help of a few unlikely friends, not only to survive but to make a difference. Final lessons learned: A badly shattered heart really can be mended. And even though the place you reach is not the one you left, it just may be the perfect home for you. GONE DOG has a diverse cast of characters, human as well as animals. Among the latter: Oliver, a pranking feral cat who is Puppins' BFF; Mariah, an ex-racing greyhound, head of a sanctuary for lost and abandoned pets; a disabled terrier named Felicity, the brave survivor of a puppy mill; Loofah, a tiny bichon befriended by an elderly homeless woman; and Pepito and his flock, wild parakeets who may or may not be undocumented immigrants.

Author Biography

Carol Angel has raised a family, practiced law, served as a deputy prosecutor, written and edited for news publications; handled communications for a hospice agency, and assisted in the front office of her daughter's veterinary clinic. She has walked dogs at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, and visited patients with her little dog Laddie at Hope Hospice in Florida. She volunteers at Marin Humane, Ritter Center for the Homeless and Homeward Bound, all in the Bay Area. A native of Indiana, Carol has lived in seven states (three of them twice) and 27 U.S. cities, currently residing in Marin County, California.
Release date Australia
July 20th, 2018
Illustrations, black and white
Carol Angel
Interest Age
From 13 to 18 years
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