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My Summer Book Pick – A Stolen Dog (A True Story)


51NtI68FMELShortly after Cupcake returned home from her 12 day hiatus a friend suggested that maybe I should write a book about our experience. I took it as a very kind suggestion, but shrugged it off. I didn’t think I could ever encompass our experience in mere words. To some degree, I still don’t. It truly was one of the most emotionally charged, inspiring, scary, disturbing and frustrating experience of my life. You just can’t know what a dog owner goes through when they lose their dog unless you have been through it yourself.

That’s why I was surprised when Tricia O’Malley contacted me to offer me the chance to read and review her book The Stolen Dog. Why? Because it was a true story. HER true story about how her Boston Terrier, Briggs, was stolen and how she got him back.

How was she able to write about something that must have been so difficult to go through?

I sat down to read it on Sunday afternoon and didn’t put it down until I was finished. It reads like a suspense novel. When Briggs first goes missing, Tricia and her husband are at a loss of what to do. They run through the streets calling Brigg’s name – thinking maybe he just got out of their yard somehow. But when a neighbor informs them that a man took their dog right off their deck, they are forced to face the new reality – their dog was stolen and he could be anywhere AND he could be in serious danger.

Tricia and her husband comb their city, Milwaukee, looking for Briggs. At every turn in their story, you wonder if the next person is the dognapper or if they will be harmed as they navigate through some of the darkest and most dangerous neighborhoods of Milwaukee. It’s intense and scary. It also captures every emotion, every experience, every frustration and every bit of hope I felt when Cupcake was missing.

I laughed. I cried. I expressed outrage on her behalf. But mostly, I nodded my head as she shared stories about all of the kind people who entered her life to help her find Briggs. Complete strangers. People just motivated to help because they too, loved dogs. Sometimes from the most unexpected corners too.

I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out if Briggs was found. I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that it was well worth waiting for.

If you are looking for a good summer read while on the beach this summer, I highly recommend Tricia’s book. Trust me. You won’t be able to put it down either. Plus, she shares a lot of great info along the way on how they got Briggs back. There’s also a little surprise that happens along the way. Let’s just say that if he had a long tail he would be wagging it wildly. 🙂

I’m going to be reading it again. Slowly. It is worthy of a second go-around.

I’ll leave you with Tricia’s own words from the last page of her book…

“What I do know is that from now on, I’ll pay more attention to people who ask for help. Why? Because I know what it’s like to feel helpless. Because ultimately, that is what saved Briggs, a community of people who decided to care about a small dog, stolen from a porch, on a sunny day in May.”

I can completely relate.

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  1. June 18, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    What a wonderful review. I knew the second I heard about this book that you would be a wonderful person to review it.

    I’m sure there is little difference in the intensity of emotion, whether you lose a dog or have one stolen. It sounds like the author really captured that intensity.

    • Mel
      June 18, 2013 at 6:52 AM

      Thanks Pamela. She really did. I hope I did her book justice. It’s definitely worth the read.

  2. June 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I’ve heard about this book and actually just ordered it on my iPad – anxious to finish up the book I’m in so I can start it. I’ve never truly ‘lost’ one of our dogs – at least not for more than 4-5 minutes on a trail or if they’ve wandered out the gate. But knowing the gut-wrenching feeling I had in those few minutes, I can’t imagine what you and Tricia went through.

    • Mel
      June 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      I think you will love it SlimDoggy. 4-5 minutes is more than enough. Trust me. 🙂

  3. June 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    This sounds like kinda a stressful read. What an experience to go through! We lost our angel beagle a few times (beagles are known for bolting out open doors, and some yard workers left our front gate propped open!) but only for maybe 20 minutes at the most. Still – it was horrible. Running all over the neighborhood like a maniac asking everyone if they’d seen her. (Found her with her head down a rabbit hole behind the house.) Scary stuff. Can’t imagine the horror of having someone steal your pup!

    • Mel
      June 20, 2013 at 6:33 AM

      I didn’t think it was stressful, but definitely intense and hard to put down. I would be terrified if I had a beagle and it go out Jackie. They follow their noses so much they could be miles away before you can even flyer the area near you. I would have been running like a maniac too. Definitely scary! I would have felt exactly as you felt! So glad she was found safely.

  4. June 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

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  5. Sue
    July 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I just finished reading this book and was brought to tears several times. I followed Tricia & Josh’s journey on their Facebook page to find Briggs when I lived in Milwaukee. This story would of hit me , but since I to own a Boston, it really hit home. A very good read!

    • Mel
      July 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Me too Sue. Very touching and tension-filled. I cried at the end.

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