Leslie Balcerak wrote this wonderful book, and it was illustrated by Rosemary Orbegoso. I was fortunate to receive a copy of this wonderful book a few months ago. I'm a very sentimental person, and with the first sentence, I sort of got choked up. You see, I've been "mom" to greyhounds for a lot of years now, and there is very little that I read about them that doesn't get me feeling teary eyed.
I used to tell the children's story at church, and a book like this would have been a wonderful story to tell those kids. This book was written for children, but as an adult, I believe that any adult would find this book informative and entertaining. In this book, the trainer and the greyhound, Aggie, seemed to speak each others' language! What dog mom or dad hasn't wanted the language barrier to be non-existent!
When one adopts a retired racing greyhound, one doesn't really know the details of their training and racing, so the details of this in the book are very welcome. I had a greater admiration for the racing greyhound after learning of their tough training.
When the trainer talked to the dog about needing to be retired, I cried! I felt so sad that she had aged until she could not be the very best anymore. I always want dreams to go on and on.
When Bohemian Agile ( the greyhound in this book) is retired, and stays at the track kennel for a month getting more and more depressed, I felt like crying. When she got adopted, she was so confused at first, not knowing what was ahead of her. I shed a tear, because I cared about her confusion. But having adopted greyhounds many times, I knew she would adapt and would love having a real home. She would love her new family and of course they would love her!
|She's adapted well, don't you agree?|