What is life like, day after day, for a dog kept outdoors in all weather on a chain or a rope, alone all day—a dog whose owners, for the most part, forget that he’s alive? Buddy, a lovable mixed-breed dog, has had such an existence. Happy in a new home, Buddy tells the story of his former life of neglect, abuse, and finally, rescue, to live a good life with a family that cares about him. Information is included for parents and other adults about resources they can readily contact when they encounter a dog being abused. Also available in Spanish as Rufo liberado.
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Awards & Recognition
|Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award, Best Picture Book, Companion Animals|
|2007 Humane Society of the United States’ KIND Children’s Book Award: Winner, Best Children’s Picture Book of the Year|
(K-2) A yellow, mixed-breed dog narrates his life story. Buddy’s former owner did not feed him enough or provide clean water, and frequently left him chained outside. But things changed for the better when the animal was rescued and taken to a shelter, where he was subsequently adopted by a caring family. Attractive, realistic paintings invite readers to look into Buddy’s eyes and experience his emotions, both of neglect and of contentment in his new home. The author appends additional information about how to help an abused dog …
— Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA