Sophie

Sophie

The Incredible True Adventures of the Castaway Dog

Book - 2012
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This is the story of a dog's journey back to her family. Sophie Tucker, a three-year-old Australian blue heeler, goes overboard into the predator infested waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and Sophie's heartbroken family has given her up for lost; little do they know that Sophie swam six miles to an isolated nature preserve called St. Bees, where she survived unassisted for five months by living off the land. The story of her survival and rescue is nothing short of miraculous. The author, a journalist into Sophie's story and re-creates the accident and Sophie's improbable journey. She tells the story from the perspectives of Sophie, her family, and the scientists on St. Bees who found her. Interwoven with research on the emotional lives of animals and interviews with animal experts, including Temple Grandin, Sophie offers undeniable proof about the unbreakable animal-human bond. It is a story of the resilience of the human and animal spirit-- Source other than Library of Congress.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780738214672
0738214671
Branch Call Number: 636.700994 P3612s 2012
Characteristics: 307 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm

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Jul 13, 2015

I have to agree with many others who reviewed this story--5 stars for the dog, Sophie, and 2 stars for the book. The writing style had all the hype and upbeat tone of a newspaper article but was inappropriate for a book, especially one that dragged on this long. The story digressed into way too many unnecessary details (do we really need to know or care that the two youngest Griffith children were not planned pregnancies?).

The most important thing that the reader wants to learn--how did Sophie survive on her own for so many months?--is something that none of us will ever know, and as soon as I realized the book had no insights to offer I lost even more interest. While I was delighted to read all about Sophie, who sounds like a truly clever and loving dog, I did not warm to the Griffith family. The book also never answered the one burning question I had about Sophie's return to home: do the Griffiths ever take her out in the boat anymore, and if they do what measures do they take to ensure her safety? Maybe I am better off not knowing the answer to that one.

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