by Susan Wilson
|The Dog Who Danced|
I could get over the blue merle nonsense, but a bigger problem really took me out of the book. The people who find the lost dog lie about where they got him and do everything they can to steal him! In many, if not most, states and counties, it is illegal to keep a stray. You are legally, not to mention ethically and morally, bound to get that stray to the authorities so that the legal owner can find and reclaim their property. The fact that they were using this dog to heal their heartache was nice and all, but there are millions of dogs being put to sleep every year in the U.S., go help one of them. I kept thinking about how horrible I would feel if Harley were lost and some a-holes thought they were within their rights to keep him just because he was a stray. You do your best to find out where that dog came from before you keep him.
Beyond these two issues, the book was alright. On a human level it was fine, but the dog stuff kept tripping me up. When I forced myself to let go of the problems I had with the dog elements, I enjoyed the book. The characters were well-drawn and I liked seeing things from the dog's point of view.
Four reluctant stars.
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