Having adopted my own shelter dog, Max, seven years ago, Fred and Donna Winters’ story was one close to my heart. The retired couple from Michigan obviously cares a great deal about giving shelter animals a chance. After the loss of one of their dogs they decide to give an older dog a chance to have a ‘forever’ home and chose Vinnie from the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, or U.P.A.W.S. for short. Donna’s book, Adventures With Vinnie, is the true story of the Winters’ life with their Doberman Lab mix named Vinnie.
Because of everything I went through with Max, I could really relate to Donna’s telling of Vinnie’s antics during her own obedience training. But unlike me, she didn’t get nearly as frustrated as I sometimes did, even though Vinnie did some things that would really scare a pet owner.
The book deals with real life situations that every pet parent must go through. The good, the bad and even the very sad. I will mention that I was put off at some parts when the author describes her dog pooping and puking…yuck! On the other hand, the reader is allowed an even closer glimpse at Vinnie’s life, since there are 12 color pictures of him in the book.
It’s a short read at only 60 pages long and could easily be finished in one or two sittings. I loved the book and would recommend it to young and old alike. After all, it’s about a dog, and who doesn’t like dogs? But in reality, Vinnie’s story is a very real, raw, telling of what it’s like to love a hard to love animal.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and no monetary compensation was received for my review.