Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

Oogy was just a puppy when he was used as a bait dog in dogfighting. He was found severely injured, missing an ear and with deep scars riddling the side of his face.

He lay hurt and in a cage without food or water for at least 5 days before he was found by police. Larry Levin knew nothing of this when he first saw Oogy at the vet hospital. Levin and his twin boys (then 12) were taking their elderly, terminally ill cat in to the vet hospital to be euthanized. Oogy was in the same hospital, tugging on his leash while he was being walked by hospital staff. As soon as he saw Larry’s boys and broke from his leash knocking down one of his sons and smothering him with kisses.

The family were instantly smitten and asked after Oogy. They were told about his horrific ordeal and learned he was homeless. That’s when they decided to adopt him.

Read more about Oogy and his inspiring story in this article: Dogo Argentino Who Survived Dog Fighting Past And Went On To Inspire Countless People Says Goodbye



Now in paperback, the New York Times-bestselling story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.

In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen–one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue–ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy’s charms.

Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him “Oogy” (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446546305
ISBN-13: 978-0446546300
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

About the Author
Larry Levin was born in Philadelphia, PA, and lived in various parts of the country, including New England and the Pacific Northwest, before returning to the Philadelphia area. He has been a lawyer for over thirty years, and is now in private practice. In 1982, he married Jennifer Berke, an attorney. Their sons, Noah and Dan, were born in 1990. This is Larry’s first book.