When I first saw the title of this book, I was instantly intrigued and couldn’t wait to dive in. Owning my own rescue dog and being an animal lover all around, I was ready to read a cute tale about a dog named Waffle. The book is a memoir parody and is told through the eyes of Waffle, a dog rescued from a puppy mill who shares his story with Polly Frost. Frost’s writing style is sharp and fun, and it’s obvious that while the story is a feel good tale about a great and talented dog – one who even talks – I don’t know that it is a story that a wide audience could get into.
I was only given part one to review, labeled “The Puppy Years”, and I felt that while part one was enjoyable, I don’t think that I would continue with the rest of the story. Waffle’s story is told in first person from his early beginnings in a puppy mill to his eventual adoption into a broken home that is trying to rebuild. Rescue Dog is cheeky and at times funny, but I didn’t really find it interesting. I know that the story is meant to be silly and perspective of the world is provided through the eyes of Waffle, but I just couldn’t really get involved. Perhaps the rest of the book adds more to the story, but I feel that only reading part one didn’t provide me with enough of a backbone to make a credible assumption on the story.
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Polly Frost. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.