Bark up the Right Tree, Lessons from a Rescued Dog by Jessie & Ruth Tschudin is a delightful read and an important one. Now, I’ll start off by saying that the narrator of this story is none other than Jessie, a 7-yr old Labrador Retriever mix along with help from his mommy, Ruth. Jessie was thankfully rescued by Ruth’s family after being hurt by a member of her original lifelong family. My heart broke reading this. I can’t imagine hurting a pet no matter what the circumstances are. I am always left hurting for abandoned pets who have been with a family for a long time. What must they feel? Immense confusion and sadness. I can hear them thinking, what has happened to my family? Why don’t they love me anymore?
So Jessie is rescued. She goes from having nothing in the shelter and sick to belonging and being cared for by a wonderful family. I can’t tell you how this warmed my heart. The real fun of this story is hearing of Jessie discovering all the things that make a dog’s life great and also some of the thoughts that they have about us humans along the way. This book is suited for anyone, it would be great to read with your kids. It’s quite short so you can sit down and enjoy it in an evening. Once I started reading it, being the dog lover that I am, couldn’t put it down. I found myself feeling sad at times and joyful at others. What’s unique is also the way that Ruth ends up finding Jessie but you’ll have to read the book to find out that interesting little tidbit. There’s pictures at the end of Jessie and all her friends that are just wonderful and I have to mention the cover which I love. The heart up in the tree says it all.
A lot of people out there always want a puppy but you know an older dog is just as amazing, if not more so. My little guy, Buddy, is 7-yrs old and he’s just a bundle of never ending energy and love for me. There are so many pets in need of a good home. If I had the funds I’d certainly have more of the little critters running around my home. They bring such immense joy and yet ask for little~food, treats, play time and lots and lots of love. Take for instance, Jessie, she’s now the “poster girl” for a Kids ‘n’ Kritters campaign and she’s starting to visit people in a nursing home. She’s also going to be a ‘reading dog’ in a school or library for kids to read to. It’s just amazing when you think that someone was willing to give up this precious soul.
Some things I found cute is that Ruth gave Jessie a middle name. The reason I found it cute is because Buddy has one too. I call him Buddy Joe and people think I’m nuts. Who gives a middle name to their dog? Well, quite obviously Ruth is with me on this one and did too! This book is full of little things that Jessie does that anyone as a pet lover will certainly recognize. I like when Jessie thinks to herself that she’s indulging us humans by going along with whatever it is we want or growling when a thief (her daddy) is trying to steal her bones.
This book is well worth the read for so many reasons. One being that ten percent of all proceeds from the sale of this book will go to help animals and children in need of homes. That reason alone should make people want to pick themselves up a copy. Other than that very important reason is just because this story will grab your heart and not let go. I fell in love with Jessie from the first page and am glad to know she’s doing so well and being so loved.
You can buy Bark up the Right Tree here in the US and here in Canada. Go ahead, you’ll be glad you did!
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