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The Good Dog (2001)

by Avi

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In this book the pack leader of the town dogs, Mckinley, has a lot on his shoulders. His friend who is a ,racing dog ,is being abused and runs away. When his friend runs away Mckinley goes in search of her to tell her that another dog, Redburn, is hunting her for his owners. As Mckinley goes in search of her ,he discovers a wolf. The wolf has come to the town to tell the pet dogs, that her pack is becoming extinct due to hunting, and she needs other dogs to join her pack to avoid extinction. Mckinley cowers in the presence of the wolf, and tells the other dogs not to hunt her. When Redburn discovers this he thinks he should be head dog. Mckinley and him have a battle of words (Argue over why they should be leader) and Mckinley wins. Mckinley tells the dogs the Wolf's message, and the wolf heads back North with some of the dogs following her.

I liked his book because number one it explains to people that dogs are not just companions, they are protectors. I also like how the author put the book in the dogs point of view. I also appreciated how the author was getting the word out that wolves are becoming extinct. I enjoyed how the book included how people should treat their pets. This book carried information, facts, and entertainment. I love how the author explained different kinds of feelings in the book. In my opinion this is a 100% book for kids, teens, and adults!!! ( )
  Abbyu1.B3 | Oct 7, 2013 |
An awesome dog book, The Good dog is a nice story about a dog who helps a wolf. ( )
  meadert | Oct 19, 2012 |
a lot like call of the wild but was extremly interesting and shows how loyalty is in dogs blood ( )
  natalieleclerc | Sep 21, 2012 |
Michael Cart (Booklist, Sep. 1, 2001 (Vol. 98, No. 1))
Life is good for malamute McKinley. As head dog of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, he enjoys both his leadership role and the responsibility of looking after Jack, the boy he regards as his 'human pup.' But when Lupin, a wolf with a mission, shows up, McKinley's comfortable world is turned upside down. Hoping to recruit dogs to replenish her dwindling pack, Lupin promises freedom from what she calls enslavement by humans. Before long McKinley's leadership is challenged and his loyalty to Jack is tested as he finds himself wondering why it is that humans think they own their dogs. It's a valid question and Avi presents it, from McKinley's point of view, in an interesting mix of adventure and animal rights advocacy. A welcome element of humor in the otherwise serious story derives from Avi's creation of dog names for human objects: TV, for example, is a 'glow box'; a book is 'a block of staring papers.' Avi's many fans will, doubtless, be glad to stare at the always-inventive author's latest block of papers. Category: Books for Middle Readers. Gr. 3-6.
  suzcucch | Jul 19, 2010 |
I loved The Good Dog because I love books about dogs,especially books about wolves.It is my second favorite book! ( )
  Emily121212 | May 27, 2010 |
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When the Wild Calls

McKinley, a malamute, is a good dog -- he's reliable and trustworthy. Whether it's watching over the other dogs of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, or taking care of his human pup, Jack, McKinley never even thinks of letting anyone down -- until he meets Lupin. Lupin is a she-wolf and she's urging the dogs of Steamboat Springs to leave their domesticated lives and join her wild pack. And though she scares McKinley, he also finds himself drawn to her and the life of freedom that she offers.

For the first time, McKinley's loyalties are torn. Should he stay with his humans and continue to lead the dogs of Steamboat Springs? Or should he join the wolf and live freely, like his ancestors did? When the wild calls, what will McKinley's answer be?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:56 -0400)

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McKinley, a malamute, is torn between the domestic world of his human family and the wild world of Lupin, a wolf that is trying to recruit dogs to replenish the dwindling wolf pack.

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