I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
What does it mean to be a Duke? When I first read the title, I expected this to be a children’s book. Imagine my surprise as I quickly realized this wasn’t geared for children at all. No illustrations and well over a hundred pages.
The story is told from Duke’s point of view. He’s a dog who has a bit of a tough beginning, but he does find his forever family. What I loved most about this book was it’s truth. Any dog owner who’s ever trained a dog, even minimally, can attest to how difficult it can be sometimes. Potty training and house-breaking a puppy takes a lot of patience. They won’t get it on day 1. Often a person deals with a lot of accidents before the puppy really begins to figure things out.
As I said, in the beginning, you meet Duke and he has some issues. One family gets him as a Christmas present. Rather quickly the children lose interest and the parents don’t seem to have the time or inclination to properly house-break him. The second family is worse. Poor Duke gets tied up outside and left there. The young dog is lucky if he gets fed, so he picks up some awful habits. Thankfully a passerby see’s him. She fosters him until he can find a forever family. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but it was certainly an excellent read. It provided a really good picture of what it takes to love and raise a dog.
A dog is a responsibility. They deserve love, kindness, and to be raised with a good heart. If you’re a dog owner or a family considering a dog for the upcoming holiday, read this book first. If you can’t be like the forever family, then maybe you should think about something that requires less upkeep.