|Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
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Although Mark Levin is known as a constitutional lawyer and a nationally syndicated broadcaster, he is, first and foremost, a dog lover. In 1998, he and his family welcomed a half-Border Collie/half-Cocker Spaniel they named Pepsi into their lives. Six years later, his wife and son persuaded him to adopt a dog from the local shelter, a Spaniel mix. It turned out he was older than originally thought, and he was the most beautiful dog they'd ever seen. They named him Sprite. Their lives would never be the same. Sprite and Pepsi became fast friends. They did everything together, from rummaging through the trash to loudly greeting the deliveryman. And the Levin family fell in love with him -- with his gentle nature, beautiful face and soft, huggable fur. But on Halloween night, shortly after joining their family, Sprite suddenly collapsed and was rushed to the animal hospital. It was the first of many such visits, and the start of a long journey for the Levin family, filled with much joy and anguish. During the next two years, Sprite and Pepsi were inseparable. And Sprite's bond with the Levin family deepened. Friends, neighbors, and even Mark's radio audience came to know and love Sprite. As Mark's daughter turned eighteen and graduated from high school and Mark's son turned fifteen, Sprite's health deteriorated -- even as his spirits remained high and his beauty and grace continued to inspire. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2006, the Levin family said their emotional final goodbye. Crushed and consumed with grief, Mark turned to family, friends, and fans for help. But new hope came when the Levins least expected it. Rescuing Sprite is a stunningly intimate look at the love between a family and a dog, one that movingly shows, in Mark Levin's words, that "in the end, we humans are the lucky ones."
- This was awsome!
I bought this book for our daughter and granddaughters, who also just recently lost a long time pet, a black lab. What a wonderful dog she was, and how it hurt so much to lose her. This book , helped us all to get through her leaving us, very well written , with so much love and compassion. Recommend to anyone having to go through the same circumstances. ...more info
Mark's book about his dear little Sprite is so touching. Having just lost our beautiful little Dalmation, Goldie, I knew exactly what he was going through. It was a beautiful story of the wonderful relationship we share with out dogs....more info
- I just didn't care for it
I just didn't care for this book. I received this book as a christmas gift. I work at a dog daycare, so it is safe to say that I really love dogs. However, I did not feel connected to the dog in this book at all. The author wrote about his dogs as though they were saints. Come on, we love our animals, but they are not perfect. It's all those little quirks that make them memorable and special. In addition to the lack of character description, I felt like Levin's writing was poor. The sentences were constantly short and unnecessary. So much of his diction and descriptions added nothing to the story. This novel was not worth sharing or reading. Now don't get me wrong, any time an animal dies it is heartbreaking. To this day I can not think of my sweet Norman and not shed a tear, but this book was just not a proper tribute to a dog that supposedly touched this man's life. ...more info
- Thank you Mark for helping me through grieving over loss of my Jackie Pooh
I believe everything happens for a reason, so when I purchased "Rescuing Sprite" and "Liberty & Tyranny" on amazon, it was meant to be that I received "Sprite" first and finished it before "Liberty" arrived. I didn't realize how much I needed to cry and grieve the loss of my beloved white german shepherd, Jackie Pooh, until I read Mark's story about rescuing Sprite. Back in the Spring of 2008,I learned that my best friend Jack had cancer and after several operations and various medications and procedures, I too had to make the hardest decision regarding my dear dog's quality of life. Almost a year later I cried all over the pages reading Mark's story and he helped me realize that I wasn't alone in still missing my best friend, Jack. Thank you Mark Levin, I'm almost through with "Liberty & Tyranny",which is a totally different kind of book, but it is just as liberating and inspiring as "Sprite". ...more info
- Emotional Animal Story
A beautiful, moving story about an animal that is an important, very much loved part of the family. ...more info
- It touched my soul!
I hardly ever write reviews but I have to do it this time... This book touched my heart, and I read it in less than 24 hours, it made me laugh, cry and specially it made me remember my little Icey.
I Strongly recommend it, but only to dog lovers!...more info
- A Great Read
This was a great book. Even though it was very sad, it was also very touching. It was very sweet to see how attached to Sprite the author was. It was nice to know there are other true dog lovers out there!...more info
This was a great book. I couldn't stop reading it! A great book!!!...more info
- Wonderful little book!
I loved this book. It is very well written and gave me a whole different opinion of the author as someone who is very kind and tenderhearted.
I cried all the way through. It had not been long since I had had to put my best friend to sleep so that probably made me more emotional, but being the dog lover that I am, I think I probably would have cried about as much even if I hadn't lost my angel.
Thank God for people like Mark Levin who take in rescue animals instead of buying pure breds.
I highly recommend this book...it's one of the best I've read in a long time in spite of the tears, and I'll always treasure it in my library.
- I couldn't give this book away.
I recently purchased this book to read on a trip. The first few chapters were brutal: I was in tears, and couldn't even look up at the stewardess as she passed by with pretzels and drinks. I read on. By the time I was finished, I decided the book was not going to remain in my library: TOO DEPRESSING, TOO HOPELESS, TOO MEANINGLESS. I am a dog lover. Yes, I laughed and cried through " Marley and Me" -- but LIFE WENT ON. Since the book got such good ratings from other readers, I decided it must just be ME. When I arrived at the airport of my destination, I found a couple with a dog! I ran up to them, got my "dog fix", and then offered them the book. The husband said, "Don't give me that book! It's depressing!! I don't want it!!!!" So I was forced to leave it at the hotel with the Gideon Bible. Whoever finds the book and gets through it may find the Bible helpful in their hour of need....more info
- Lot of inflated reviews
First and foremost, I must say that I am a dog lover and bought this book because I have a twelve year old boxer dog that is beloved to me. He was my first child before I had my own children. I know that given his failing health, we don't have that much time left together. I bought this book thinking that reading about someone else's experience may make mine easier to deal with. I found that this book did not meet that need.
I made myself finish reading this book, even though it really wasn't terrible "gripping" as another reviewer noted. I guess after all these great reviews, I really expected more. The author is obviously devoted to his dogs, but reading this book is like reading a middle schooler's diary. The language is simple and most of the time, quite juvenile. It almost reminded me of reading the essay of a 10-year old child that never ends: "I like my dog. He likes to play ball with me. He sleeps on my bed. He likes food from the table. We love him a lot. He got sick and we were very sad." OK - so it is not quite that simplistic - - but from the level of language used in the book, I would suspect that the target audience is intermediate level children and not adults.
I am sure that this book comes from the heart, and may be very "therapeutic" to some owners who have just lost their dogs, but it is a little too simple for most adults and really lacks a "story" behind it. ...more info
Heart rendering, A must read for every dog lover. Perspective on life through love of your dog....more info
- Brilliant and Heart Warming Book
This is a brilliant and heart warming book. If your heart strings are not pulled on while reading this book you must not be breathing. I recommend it to any animal lover. ...more info
- Goes Straight to the Heart
Extremely touching tale of a dog and his family. Sprite was rescued as an older dog and taken in to a loving home. Through the words of Mark R. Levin we grow to know and love Sprite and his fur-brother Pepsi. Both dogs immediately make their way into our hearts and we travel along with Levin and his family (both furry and human) as they struggle with medical issues and the sadness of letting go.
The book was hard to put down and yet so difficult to read at times. I found my heart breaking along with Levin's. Yet at the same time, my heart swelled with happiness in knowing that Sprite had such a loving home.
It's a sad, yet beautiful tale of a dog and his affect on the lives of those around him. Having two dogs of my own, it doesn't surprise me how much joy an animal can bring into our lives. I'd recommend this book to all dog lovers, and especially those that have lost a loved pet in the past. But be sure to have a tissue or two handy as there are definite teary-eyed moments....more info
- Dog Lover's Will Love This Book
Mark Levin tells a heartwarming story of one family's devotion to a rescued dog. The story does not have a happy ending but you know Sprite was loved by the whole family up to his last minutes on this earth....more info
- for all of us who LOVE dogs -
This book should be read by everyone who has loved a pet. The book takes thru the circle of life, embracing the journey and making us feel we are there. Every feeling the author shares becomes ours. The book reminds us it is okay to have loved and lost, if not we would, as Garth Brooks says "would have missed the dance" - as we enter into a pet relationship we are glad we are not thinking of how it might end, if we were we would probably pass, and oh, how much we and that pet would have missed.
Thank you Mr. Levin for sharing your journey....more info
- Sorry, not for me...
So, am I dog lover? Well, yes. We used to have the world's greatest dog, a Dachsund-Jack Russell cross called Trixie who became an indispensible member of our family. And we are thinking of getting another. But this book almost puts me off....
Here we have a dog lover with a very lovable pet who brought so much pleasure and fulfilment to his life. But in the end, this book really is the longest lament to a dog that passes away and I'm really looking for much more than that in the story of a relationship between dog and dog owner. I have every respect for Mark Levin and his pet. But there's so much anguish in this desperately sad book that I honestly would not recommend it. Sorry to present a contrary view to many other readers, but this book is not particularly well written either. Just read 'Marley and Me' and you'll see how it can be done. ...more info
- Not that great
Okay but not what I thought it would be. Seemed like a lot of name dropping throughout the story to let the read know who they were "dealing" with.
I think he writes better political books but I understand why he wrote it.
Was touched that he was donating some of the money to animal rescues....more info
- Rescuing Sprite
Kind of a boring book. Too much about the man instead of the dog....more info
- Really bad book
I received this book for Christmas from my sister, because she knows what a great dog lover I am. (If she had read the book first, I'm certain she wouldn't have forwarded it to me.) I think I'm safe in saying that it is the most poorly-written book I've ever read. It's boring, rambling, name-dropping, and self-indulgent.
- Why Did He Write This?
I love dogs and I love books about dogs, but this one stinks. Sorry....more info
- A good dog story
Who doens't like a great dog story? I know I do. Rescuing Sprite is just that. I admire Mark Levin and the love he has for his dogs Pepsi and Sprite. It takes a special family to adopt an older dog.
I found most of the novel to be general and generic discriptions of his life with the dogs, and I wish we got to know more about who the dogs were and some of the adventures with them. I feel like it was missing that for the reader- the essence of who the dogs were. We all love our dogs, but it's missing the things that make books like Grogan's Marley and Me so awesome. If you really want to read a great dog book read that one. This one was not a page turner since I felt like Levin just recounted events rather than roped you into a story. Still, it's moving the emotion he had for his animals. ...more info
- Sometimes, evil and boredom join forces to kill defenseless pet creatures
Documentary evidence, ladies and gents: A foul heart and an empty mind, a life misspent spreading bigotry and fear, a loveless home and a world without adjectives or ideas, all these can unite to make a tiny-skulled spaniel mix die horrifically in Father Coughlin's cellar morgue!
Would have been better with more bikinis....more info
- If you have a dog, sooner or later, this will be theraputic
Not only is this author the best talk radio host in the world, but he writes very well. You feel like you are walking along with him as he experiences the events leading up to this painful decision of putting his beloved dog down. Let's face it, most of us at some time in our life will have to go through this, and its very difficult. I am also touched by the small details he adds about his family and friends. He is a family man who loves and cherishes them. We should all be so lucky to have someone like that in our lives. The book is wonderful, and so is the author. I just noticed i could have gotten it in the large print version. (damn)...more info
- unconditional love
This book brought back memories of every dog and cat I had lost before. The bond between animal and owner is there and as I read this book, I cried along with the author. Such humanity is seldom written down. Thank you Mark for your understanding of the bond between owner/pet.
I relive every dog/cat I have lost. Very cathartic.
- For a dog lover
Bought this book for a friend who recently lost a very dear four-legged friend. They appreciated the book....more info
- For Pet Lovers!
If you are a Dog Lover or Pet Lover you need to read this book. Regardless of what you think of Mr Levin's political view, this is a great book. Reads very fast and is not long but will take you through an emotional journey. Highly recommended!...more info
- Sprite -
Wow what a lovely and touching journey of a man's relationship with a very special friend and an integral family member. Mark bares his soul to his readers as he copes with the passing of Sprite a dog who was with them for such a short time but had a profound effect on his life. Anyone who has loved and lost a beloved pet can empathize with his story. I highly recommend this book to any and all pet lovers and especially to those who have never let an animal into their life -- they have no idea what they are truly missing....more info
- A Great Read
I was very touched with this story. For anyone who has ever loved and lost a pet it will touch your heart. ...more info
- I wanted to love this book
I am dog lover and animal rescuer, have been through the horrendous anguish of having beloved animals die or be euthanised....I wanted so much to cry my way through this book. But it was a dispassionate laundry list of "how I felt" and "what we did". Instead of investing the writing with the gut-wrenching feelings that we go through, Mr. Levin wrote these third party "through the retrospectragraph" descriptions. "We were saddened." Yeah well duh - pull my heart out, make the tears fall - give me the words that provoke the feeling - don't tell me what you felt....make me FEEL IT for pete's sake. The cover of the book was more passionate than the writing....more info
- Excellent book
I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. Of course dog lovers (like me) will love this book, however, I also gave it to my wife to read (who is not a dog lover) to give her insight on why I am so emotionally attached to my dogs. I think Levine is an excellent writer (even though I disagree with EVERY aspect of his politics) and I would highly recommend this book. I think this book can be especially cathartic to anyone who recently has lost a pet....more info
Heart rendering, A must read for every dog lover. Perspective on life through love of your dog....more info
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