The Life of Gus: The Dog with the Big Head

The Life of Gus: The Dog with the Big Head
The Life of Gus: The Dog with the Big Head

The Life of Gus: The Dog with the Big Head

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Product Description Gus was once a much-loved dog who lived a happy life. Then things began to change. His owner neglected and eventually abandoned him. He suffered abuse and cruelty from passing humans, deteriorating physically and emotionally. Over time, things out of his control began to shape Gus, his life, and his future.Gus was found by local rescuers in September 2018. He was in horrific condition, so he was immediately taken for medical treatment sponsored by the Houston K-911 Rescue group. Gus had many medical issues to overcome, he had a long recovery with lots of support from people all over the world, but now he is happy and healthy. Gus has a forever family now and he is loved, pampered and cherished, as every dog should be.Author Sandee Roquemore-Maxwell has worked with rescue dogs in the Houston area for many years. She understands that the key to a better future for animals is to teach the next generation to have compassion for those left in their care. The story of Gus reminds kids how to love their pets, and what to do if they see one abandoned, while instilling respect for animals everywhere. Review The Life of Gus: The Dog with the Big Head is a heartwarming true story in chapter book format about a Houston street dog who eventually finds happiness with a loving family.After being abandoned by his young owner, Timmy, Gus learns to fend for himself on the streets of Houston. While searching for food with his new dog friend, Trixie, Gus’s health rapidly deteriorates, partly due to a shoelace that was tied around his neck when he was younger. After surviving many hardships, Gus is eventually rescued by kind strangers who secure the medical attention he needs and help him find a forever home.This story is filled with heart and contains important lessons about compassion and helping the less fortunate. Children will be drawn to Gus’s upbeat personality and scenes from his happy early life.Because the story is written in first person and readers can only see the world through Gus’s eyes, however, certain sections seem limited. For example, Gus’s world shrinks considerably after Timmy ties him up in the backyard and slowly forgets about him. As Gus obsesses over his situation (“The only thing worse than being outside in the cold is being outside in the cold and being HUNGRY TOO,” etc.), the story might lose a young reader’s interest.Additionally, it’s often unclear what Gus understands of the human world and what he doesn’t. Certain words and phrases are used in quotes (“stop,” “cold as ice,” “adored,” “a star”), seemingly to show that they are new to Gus, but the use of quotes is inconsistent and confusing. The narrative also includes run-on sentences (“This was new to me and I did not like it at all, but I really had no choice, this was my life”) and other grammatical errors.That said, The Life of Gus will give kids and families an opportunity to talk about responsible pet ownership. It’s a tough but important story with a happy ending.Also available as an ebook.-BlueInk ReviewBased on a true story, this debut chapter book tells one abandoned pooch’s story through his own eyes.Gus wasn’t always a stray dog. When he was young, his name was Rex, and he loved his human, Timmy, very much. But things started to change for Rex when Timmy went to school and didn’t have time for the canine he once loved. After escaping the backyard to follow Timmy to a friend’s house, Rex was punished. Timmy knotted shoelaces together and tied Rex to a tree, abandoning the dog, first by ignoring him and then neglecting to feed him during the cold winter months. When his family moved, Timmy left Rex tied to the tree. Rex eventually broke free and became a street dog, desperately lonely until he met fellow stray Trixie. The two wished they could trust humans, but further cruelty—some boys fired a pellet gun at Rex—caused them to hide. Unfortunately, Rex’s health was failing; the shoelace still tied around his neck was makin


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