A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth
Kim Kavin, Foreword by Jim Gorant - All books by this author
When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle puppyadvertised as healthy and near her home in New Jerseywas actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving dogs by any means possible. Blue was happy and friendly, but he seemed to have endured some unusual albeit unknown ordeal. The dog’s manner prompted Kavin to trace his history all the way back to a long row of cages where Blue had been tagged to be put down in just three more days. Little Boy Blue is the true story of one sweet puppy’s journey of survival. It’s also a shocking exposé that describes a brutal ongoing reality inside some of this country’s taxpayer-funded shelters. But Little Boy Blue also tells an inspiring story of the grass-roots rescue network that has exploded across the nation in recent years. Readers will come to know and love a very special dog who now brings smiles to the faces of everyone he meets. From a single click of Kim Kavin’s computer mouse, Blue’s journey of a lifetime began. This is the story of Little Boy Blue, told with candor and a great deal of love. Readers will see Blue and other foster dogs that have been rescued by Kim Kavin in this book’s color photo insert.
THE BOOK TRAILER:
Kim Kavin was interviewed by Randi Kaye on the September 8, 2012, edition of “Early Start Weekend-CNN Saturday Morning.”
Click here to watch Kim and Blue’s segment.
From the Reviews:
"A moving call to action."
“. . . the most insightful, on-target book I have ever read on the subject. I am going to recommend it to everyone!”
Julie Ogden, Organizer of DogFest and Pets & Heroes and spokesperson for The Last Resort Rescue
“While sometimes heartrending due to the nature of the subject, Kavin’s research also turns up unexpected moments of joy and clarity. If our society is educated about the conditions created by animal overpopulation, if we are proactive about controlling breeding both in the industry and in our own backyards, and if we give rescue dogs the chance to join our families, the situation can be reversed. A well-researched blend of investigation and personal journey, Little Boy Blue is a heart-stopping exposé no animal-lover should miss.”
Shelf Awareness/Maximum Shelf
“Anger, heartbreak, and happiness are just a few of the emotions you’ll experience as you read this book. Kavin is not timid, and goes right to the people in charge of the shelters to ask the “hows,” “whys” and “how could you?” questions that you too, will want answered. She introduces the reader to numerous groups working, against the odds, to save as many dogs as possible. And while she uses plenty of statistics and facts to back up everything she says, the book reads like a mystery unfolding and not a technical journal on the world of animal shelters. If you love dogs, this is one book you must read. It’s too important not to bring to light the awful truths surrounding our “throw-away” dogs... Read it and you too, will want to help save these dogs.”
Feathered Quill Book Reviews
“It is a story that could have easily been diluted by the shrill but undocumented voice of a passionate advocate. ... Fortunately, the story is tempered by Kavin’s experience as a trained journalist. Her story is supported with documented facts. The result it is a sharp and revealing look at the good, the bad and the ugly of homeless dogs in America and what happens to them. … The dog Blue led Kim Kavin on a venture to discovery that you will be sure to want to follow. It is doubtful that once reading this book the reader will ever look at a shelter dog without being reminded of the carnage of the millions of homeless dogs that are killed year in what are ironically called animal shelters. ... The reader will also have a new respect for those who spend enormous amounts of time, money, sweat, passion, energy and love each year to save as many of these dogs as they can; Dogs whose stories are similar to ‘little boy Blue.’ … The book should also raise the question among taxpayers everywhere why it is most tax funded animal shelters are much better at euthanizing dogs than finding homes for dogs and other companion animals or finding sources of subsidized spaying or neutering.”
“Her journey is an adventure and it turns up some difficult facts about kill shelters, rescue transports, and the people who foster dogs. … Writing about kill shelters can be harrowing. Yet, Kim writes in a beautiful manner making it an important, not frightening, read. … Her knowledge of pet transportation rescues is insightful and everyone involved in pet rescue should read “Little Boy Blue.” … This is a memoir that touches on Kim’s life as a journalist, pet parent, foster pet parent, and pet rescue volunteer. It’s a rich life filled with kindness and care, and her book will stay with you after you finish reading it.”
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SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Visit the Official Little Boy Blue Facebook Page.
Read the daily musings of Blue at the Official Little Boy Blue Blog.
Follow Little Boy Blue on Twitter.
About The Author:
Kim Kavin is a widely published award-winning journalist, as well as a volunteer worker dedicated to fostering puppies who have been saved from high-kill shelters but who have not yet been adopted. She lives in Long Valley, NJ, where her hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and hiking local park trails with her dog Blue.
Hardcover w/jacket / 324 Pages / 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 / 2012