My Review Of 'You Lucky Dog' By Kate Kelly


You Lucky Dog! is an uplifting compilation of true stories about homeless dogs that somehow survived and thrived to become local or national celebrities. One such story features Bum, a steamship stowaway, who hops off a ship in San Diego in 1886 and makes the town his home. There's also Terry, the dog who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz, who was given away by his first owners who found him disobedient. Don't forget that famous Benji was a shelter dog before he became a star.

The book also contains unforgettable stories about America's First Dogs (and a First Fish and a First Raccoon) to give a rounded view of our dogs' place in American history. Kate captures their very souls in moving descriptions of the devotion, loyalty and trust that not only changed
the fortune of these very special dogs, but also the lives of their human caregivers.

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My Take On This Book:

The first part of the book is about homeless dogs and how they survived the streets on their own and the many different tales of how they contributed to our society in some heart warming stories. 

First of all if you are an animal lover like I am you will be in tears in some of the tales from the famous homeless dogs. My favorite infamous dog was Bum, Bum had his right front paw removed but it never stopped nor slowed Bum down. He became very well known in San Diego and now has a life size bronze statue in a pocket park outside the William Heath Davis house with now is actually a museum.

In part two are all of the famous dogs of the 'White House' from George Washington's Poodle whose name was Pilot to Obama's dog Bo.  There are some very interesting and intriguing stories that are this short little book about these infamous and famous dogs. 

This is a must read for dog lovers. Kate has captured some interesting  historical facts and endearing tales of endurance and character from each one of the dogs. Very nicely written and researched Kate, thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review your book.

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Author Bio:

Kate Kelly is the successful author of You Lucky Dog! and more than 35 other nonfiction titles. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, and recently returned to her love of history with her website, America Comes Alive, a site dedicated to telling little-known stories of America's past. She is an engaging speaker, and has appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The View, CBS Early Show, CNN and MSNBC.


  1. Wonderful review. Sounds like an amazing read :)

  2. Thank you BK, it was a very good book. Thanks for stopping by.


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