Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

A Dog Like DaisyA Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Dog Like Daisy is told from the perspective of a rescued pit bull as she trains to be a service dog for an injured veteran and his family. Daisy has only ten weeks to prove her usefulness or else be sent back to the pound. Yet if she goes back, who will protect Colonel Victor from his PTSD attacks? Or save the littler human, Micah, from those infernal ear muzzles he calls earphones? What if no one ever adopts her again?

Determined to become the elite protector the colonel needs, Daisy vows to ace the service dog test. She’ll accept the ridiculous leash and learn to sit, heel, shake, even do your business, Daisy when told to. But Daisy must first learn how to face her own fears from the past or risk losing the family she’s so desperate to guard—again.

Having just adopted a puppy myself, I especially enjoyed reading this story from Daisy's point of view. Daisy relates feelings and thoughts to colors, which I thought was an interesting perspective. The book is an eye-opening look at why veterans suffering from PTSD need service dogs and the training that such dogs undergo, and I think the choice to tell the story from the dog's point-of-view (rather than, for instance, Micah the son's) was an interesting and smart choice. At her new house, Daisy has several interactions with a pet iguana, who is both wise and absolutely confusing -- I think those were my favorite parts. The story has several poignant moments that made me tear up. This is a must-read for kids who love dogs, but Daisy is a relateable character for any kid. Highly recommended!

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