Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book Review: Dogs Have Angels Too

By Cindy Roesel

It’s always exciting to start reading a new novel, but I must say I was extra excited to begin DOGS HAVE ANGELS TOO. There were several reasons. Hello, everyone knows I’m a dog fanatic and there’s a cute little bulldog on the pink cover. And best of all, the cover is a laminated film, so I just couldn’t stop rubbing the book. I have a thing for paper stock! I either really LOVE it or freak out and itch! I wish EVERY novel was published on this “10-point coated-one-side with film lamination.” What’s even better is the novel is REALLY good, too!

“I don’t know how you do it, Miss Pinky, living like you do day in and day out.”
“I’m better off today than I was last week,” I say.
“How do you justify your life?”
“Find something to do that makes you feel worthwhile.”

 Sarah Cavallaro’s, DOGS HAVE ANGELS TOO is a modern day allegory that helps us take a look at our lives and at what matters most. It uses dogs because we all love dogs and they’re not threatening. In this novel, our four-legged friends really need our help.

In DOGS HAVE ANGELS TOO, Miss Pink leads a bunch of down-on-their-luck Manhattan women, who ultimately find hope in the most unlikely of places: an over-crowded animal shelter, where unwanted pets are routinely abandoned to their last days. Miss Pink, a victim of the economic downturn and divorcee finds herself regularly living in the park, and makes it her job to find homes for a many of the pooches at the Animal Care Center.

Her “adoption walks” bring her to meet a series of fellow New Yorkers, all of whom are struggling with their own personal and financial crises. In other words, they are all uniquely ready for recruitment in Miss Pink’s master plan - which she’s devising by the seat of her favorite pink pants!

It would be easy to write off Miss Pink as an eccentric. I mean there are times she has to eat from the trash, but those who come in contact with her can’t help but be attracted to her energy and main goal to help the animals. Just when you think Miss Pink isn’t going to come through, she does. She creates a positive force that somehow permeates her travels throughout the city and makes you keep on reading to see what fix she gets out of next. And remember, everything is to help the animals!

I liked the fact that Sarah wrote a novel with the main character over fifty and interacting with younger characters at the Animal Center and throughout the city. It would be too simple to judge Miss Pink in an unfair light. I’d say you’re not getting it. Maybe you just want to rub the cover. You can find Sarah Cavallaro and "Dogs Have Angels Too" on Facebook.

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