Shortly 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.
A story about dogs being stolen in Scott County caught my attention last week. Every once in a while you hear rumors of dogs being stolen, but they always seemed to be just that, rumors. But this news story makes me wonder what is going on. Stealing a dog from a backyard is one thing, but breaking into a home to steal one?
I know that some Class “B” dealers will steal dogs to sell to testing labs, but I can’t imagine them stealing a pet right from a person’s home. That would put them a little too far over the gray line into possible jail time territory. However, I recently read a story in the paper where a police officer mentioned that a stolen dog was likely sold on eBay. eBay? Yup. Apparently, this is a new (or not so new?) way for people to make easy cash. How horrible. Yet another reason to dislike eBay’s Classifieds.
News like this makes pet owners like me feel a little paranoid. I don’t know about you, but I am almost always with my dogs when they are outside. I feel better knowing I can see where they are while they take care of their business. But, now I am considering adding a padlock to both gates. What do you think? Am I being too paranoid?