Larry Levin of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was inspired by the strength and resilience of his adopted dog Oogy. Levin’s heart was so touched that he wrote a book about Oogy that would catapult to the best-seller list and inspire countless others.
Oogy’s life began as a dismal bait dog. He was found in a police raid unloved, injured, and nearly starved to death. Veterinarian, James Bianco, was caring for the canine at the Ardmore Animal Hospital. The dog was suffering with a softball sized hole in his skull and a great deal of damage to his hind legs.
Diane Klein, the director of operations at the hospital, took legal ownership of the dog so Bianco could perform the surgery necessary to save the dog’s life. Fate stepped in as Levin and his family came to the hospital to have their 16-year old cat put to sleep. The mangled dog broke free of his walker and pounced happily on Levin’s 12-year old son. Levin explains it was truly a case of love at first sight. They took the dog on a walk and committed to adopting the dog.
Oogy quickly became a loving member of the family, inspiring Levin to write an article in a bulletin for a local animal rescue group. Oogy, a rare breed called a Dogo Argentino, came into the Levin’s life at four months of age. Oogy, now age nine, was scarred and missing an ear, but his rough start in life had certainly not affected his gentle spirit. Oogy’s story ended up on the Internet and was quickly discovered by Oprah who flew Oogy and his family out to Chicago to tell his inspirational story.
Seeing how Oogy was changing lives, Levin began to write a book about the dog’s journey. The book titled, Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love was released in October of 2010 and became a best-seller.
Levin and Oogy frequently travel to school and libraries to tell Oogy’s story and help raise funds for animal welfare groups. Oogy is as happy as ever and still sharing his tale of triumph and love.