This is a blog by Champ, the rescued dog that survived terrible abuse to become an icon of hope to many, and a symbol that there are better tomorrows after the storm. Champ owes his survival to SAFE Rescue, a California no-kill shelter that nursed him back to health. Champ is a 'pawthor' now, having written his own book Champ: My Story of Survival, with his biodographer, Fiona Ingram. Champ hopes to stop animal abuse and help people love animals everywhere.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Champ Reviews Nobody's Poodle by Gizmo
Pawthor Gizmo in a publicity shot.
This post is a bit late because,
boy, have I been busy! Since I joined Twitter, I have met a few Pawthors and
have been reading their books. I never knew so many Pawthors existed. I made a
new friend called Gizmo, and he very kindly sent me his book, Nobody’s Poodle.
What a story, and what an adventure. Gizmo was abandoned in Tenerife when he
was just a year old and spent some time in a refuge. Gizmo was found by Nikki
and Richard Attree (looking to fill the big sad gap left when their beloved Basil
went to the Rainbow Bridge) and his life went from rags to riches. Gizmo is
such a clever dog that it wasn’t long before the Attrees and Gizmo had penned
his experiences and produced a book.
The story starts with a great
adventure—Gizmo and his people (Sharon, Trev and young Tracey) move from England
to Tenerife, which is an island in the Atlantic. It sounded great: sun, sea,
sand, a new Woof lingo, new places to explore, and new faces to meet. But things
didn’t turn out so well when Gizmo’s family ran out of money. He was abandoned
when Trev didn’t come back for him on the day they left the apartment. Gizmo
had to fend for himself on the mean streets, and he soon learned that life in Tenerife
is very harsh for an abandoned pooch. He made friends with other dogs in
similar situations and wondered if he would ever find a Fur-ever Family again.
Then the most terrible thing happened. Gizmo was caught by horrible people that
make dogs fight each other. He was shoved into a dreadful dark place, given hardly
any food, and met other suffering dogs with sad tales to tell. His one consolation
was meeting a dog that had been on the same plane ride with him from England to
Tenerife: Rambo the Rottweiler who is all soft inside of a fierce outside.
Luckily, when they were taken to a dog fight, the police arrived, and in the
confusion of all those people being arrested, Rambo and Gizmo escaped. Somehow
they ended up at the same rescue shelter, where kind people looked after them.
Some of Gizmo’s street friends and acquaintances also ended up there, and soon
found loving homes. Gizmo waited … and waited … and then one day Nikki and
Richard walked into the shelter, and Gizmo’s life changed overnight!
What I Think: I cried a lot when I
read about Gizmo’s experiences and I think he was very brave to survive it all.
He was also very kind to other weaker dogs. It is so sad that many dogs are
abandoned in Tenerife because their owners can’t afford them any longer, or don’t
want them. The dog fighting was also very distressing. I can just imagine how
all those poor dogs felt, locked in cages, and thinking there was no way out for
them. What made me happy in this book was that Gizmo spoke about love and
communication between dogs and humans, and how much dogs understand humans,
even more than humans could ever know. Another very nice ending to Gizmo’s sad
tale is that Gizmo’s terrible experiences also ended up helping other pooches
in a strange way.His new Fur-ever
Family are dedicated to helping stray and abandoned dogs in Tenerife. Gizmo’s
writing expertise also attracted attention and before you could say, “give a
dog a bone,” Island Connections newspaper
signed him up to be their intrepid news hound, doggedly
sniffing out the breaking news and giving the pooch perspective in his regular column:
‘Life According to Gizmo (It’s a Dog’s Life).’ If you love dogs (and any
animals) you will really enjoy Nobody’s Poodle. Gizmo is hilarious and his
sayings made me laugh. He is also quite philosophical about life and has some
wise words for humans and canines. There are also very cute drawings by a
talented artist called Annie Chapman. Hop over to Amazon and get a copy. Just purchasing
the book will help other needy dogs because some of the profits from Nobody’s Poodle will be
donated to help the animal rescue shelters in Tenerife.
Pawthor Gizmo reading up on dog matters.
Nikki’s website Tenerife Dogs is
dedicated to finding homes for the island’s abandoned dogs, as well as being a mine
of information and an insight into the canine world. Gizmo is the Spokes-Mutt
for Tenerife Dogs, following in the paw steps of the
late, great Basil, who was the first ambassador for Tenerife Dogs. One of Gizmo’s first tasks was to be the poster
pooch for Accion-del-Sol’s educational program. This is the refuge that took
Gizmo in and cared for him. Gizmo’s role involves visiting local schools,
telling the children about the plight of stray mutts in Tenerife, and teaching
them how to look after their pets properly. You can read more about Nobody’s
Poodle here. Besides his many other accomplishments
Gizmo is an expert in woofing, sniffing, digging, chasing cats, siestas, and