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“Mullamphy’s book, based on a true story, shows her families love for the brave dog, and deep gratitude for Veterinary professionals. Readers will cheer at the outcome…” Kirkus Reviews

Luke the day we picked up our Grizzy after he learned how to walk again
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“Mullamphy does such a masterful job at building suspense about Grizzy’s outcome… In Me, My Dog, and a Sheep, a determined dog’s fight is a reminder of what really matters. Young readers will hang on to every word.” Foreword Clarion Reviews

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This debut picture book describes the recovery of a seriously ill canine.
When Luke, the Caucasian narrator of this book, is 2 years old, he gets a puppy that he names “Grizzy.” It grows into a
big, 160-pound dog, and for three years, Grizzy and Luke are inseparable playmates, spending every day together. When
Luke goes to kindergarten, Grizzy faithfully waits for his return. Then Grizzy develops a serious health problem that
requires surgery; the operation leaves him weak and mostly paralyzed. The family’s last hope is a faraway animal
hospital, where they leave Grizzy and visit him on weekends. The kind, dedicated staff work hard to save the dog,
thoughtfully giving him a squeaky sheep toy to help him communicate. Over months, Grizzy slowly recovers until he
can walk and even run. Mullamphy’s book, based on a true story, shows love for the brave dog and deep gratitude for
veterinary professionals. Readers will cheer at the outcome, which seems to bear out the book’s advice to never give up.
However, the story doesn’t address families who can’t afford such extensive veterinary care or what happens when a
beloved pet dies despite “a can-do attitude.” Thomas’ illustrations are somewhat flat and clumsy, but the family’s
emotions do come through.
A touching tale that shows appreciation for veterinary medicine.

Me, My Dog and a Sheep by Melissa Mullamphy is a story of hope, faith and perseverance. In this book, the author shares her family’s real-life experiences with their dog, Grizzy. It is 52 pages long and belongs to the Children’s book genre.
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In Me, My Dog, and a Sheep, a determined dog’s fight is a reminder of what really matters. Young readers will hang
on to every word.
Melissa Mullamphy’s inspiring Me, My Dog, and a Sheep contains an important message: never give up.
Luke, the author’s son, is very happy when his father brings home a sad-looking dog from the pet store.

Luke and
Grizzy become fast, inseparable friends. Thus begins Grizzy’s true story—that of a large dog who just wants to romp
around like any other dog, but who is left paralyzed by a neck injury.
When Grizzy can’t walk after his injury and resulting surgery, the family tries everything to help him. They even buy
him a special wheelchair, but Grizzy is unable to use it. As a last resort, they leave him at an animal clinic. They are
overjoyed when the kind people at the clinic get Grizzy to walk again. This is where the “sheep” part of the story
comes in—a squeaky toy named Sheepie becomes both a reward and a means of communication for Grizzy.
This is a true underdog story, one that emphasizes that “you cannot choose what happens to you, but you can choose
how you handle it.”
With Luke as the narrator, and with the inclusion of the clinic workers who helped Grizzy, the story feels deeply
personal. Mullamphy does such a masterful job at building suspense about Grizzy’s outcome that without these
personal touches, readers might forget that this story is true. Bright, colorful illustrations by Andrew Thomas work well
to enhance understanding of the text, and real pictures of the family and Grizzy at the end are an added bonus.
In Me, My Dog, and a Sheep, a determined dog’s fight is a reminder of what really matters. Young readers will hang
on to every word.
KELLY THUNSTROM (January 22, 2018)