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Unconditional love is what pets can give to us. Unfortunately not everyone does that for their pet in return. Thank goodness for people like Brian and Juliet who fall in love with these exceptional dogs.
The thing that struck me most about this delightful book is the author's modesty. Many times he describes Sasha, the epi-dog and subject of this book, as remarkable.
So are you Mr. Porter, together with your wife and family for all you did (and do) for Sasha. Even though you are a dog lover and responsible owner of dogs, what you did for this wonderful dog many would say you went above and beyond the call of duty, Bravo!
The story is well-written in a style that is eminently easy to read and takes the reader from the Porter family first adopting Sasha, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, at a rescue centre. She had been abandoned and horribly mistreated as had many of the other dogs that the Porter family took into the heart of their family.
What follows is a tale of Sasha demonstrating her character and resilience despite broken limbs and epilepsy. The author made me laugh out loud whenever he described Sasha'a wagging tail in action. Clearly this is one extraordinary dog and she wormed her way into the heart of all who had any contact with her.
As a bonus we also get to know all the other rescue dogs in the 'Porter pack.' They also play a part in the Sasha story - a delightful, heartwarming story so well told by a remarkable dog's remarkable owner.
I found the story of Sasha, a rescue puppy, to be less anthropomorphic than I had envisaged and full of hope and happiness both on the part of the owners and the epi-dog. Most interesting to me were the other rescue dogs in this fortunate pack, more particularly, Sheba, who had been used as bait by dog fighters. Not a dog owner nor particularly a dog lover myself, this book opened my eyes to many traits of dogs I'm not famililar with. Certainly, the author and his family give rise to a very special tribe of dogs, including Sasha herself, she of the perpetually wagging tail! Their home seems to be entirely centered on the dogs, though this is an impression which is probably not altogether true, as the author is married with a family. I think the message of hope and happiness ought to be shared by more animal activists, who do not share the author's joie de vivre in relating to his pack, and readiness to adopt yet another lucky dog into his life, and the lives of his family. I am sure the pack gives back as much as they receive, and the love they share is reciprocal. Many handy tips here for other owners of epi-dogs, and hope for a satisfying life for the dog in spite of its illness and many setbacks. As with human beings, a spirit of resilience, happiness, and hope is a result of genuine love.
Sashas story is so much more than a tear jerker rescue dog tale! It’s a story of resilience and love, it teaches us all how to overcome adversity in our own lives, it shows us how we can all wag our tales despite the things that life throws at us. Brian writes from the heart and his writing style makes the reader feel a genuine emotional connection to Sasha and the rest of his fur family. Congratulations Brian and thank you for letting us into your family and sharing a story that Brian needed to be shared. Staffies need authors like and real stories like Sashas to be written to enable our breed once again be thought of fondly as the Nanny Dog. Well done I totally loved it.
Sasha by Brian L. Porter is both a haunting and heartwarming story about man’s best friend and how they impact our society and our lives. It is a first-person account by the author who narrates the life of his Staffy, a British nickname for Staffordshire bull terriers (the next of kin to the USA’s pit bull), who he named Sasha. The animal is rescued after being found near death, and Porter brings her home to become part of a family that includes other dogs spared from misery and death in abusive environments. To the family’s chagrin, they find that Sasha is a victim of seizures as an after-effect of her mistreatment. She becomes a regular visitor to the veterinarian’s office, where she becomes the staff’s fave Staffy (pun intended). The author posts anecdotes and pics on the Internet where Sasha soon develops a following. Love and affection for the dog is infectious, and I’m pretty sure that readers will continue to but this book and the Sasha Universe will grow and grow.
The theme of redemption resonates throughout the book as the Porter family is seen rescuing homeless and abused dogs, allowing them to grow into loving and loyal animals that bring joy into the lives of everyone they meet. This reviewer found it hard to navigate through some parts of the story, but I realized something else. Like spouse and child abuse, if we allowed these atrocities to remain in closets and avoid discussing them, then they would go undiscovered and unpunished. There is a special place in Hell for such demons, and hopefully wife beaters and animal abusers find the same place in prison that is reserved for molesters. Those who abuse the weak must always get what’s coming to them.
And so should we celebrate the wonders and joys of how God sends our furry friends to enhance our lives. If you haven’t experienced it, Sasha by Brian L. Porter is the next best thing.
I have just finished reading 'Sasha', the true story of a little puppy found in the gutter by a dog warden and taken to an animal rescue centre. This little dog was re-homed by the author of the book, and his wife. Poor Sasha has encountered several health issues during her life, but she has come through them all with her tail wagging joyfully - much to the relief of her owners. I say health issues, as there are many, but probably the most harrowing is the fact poor Sasha suffers from epilepsy. Yet, with her 'family' by her side, she bounces back from even the most severe seizure. There is so much I could tell you about Sasha, but I think I would be spoiling the story for you. This delightful story is one you should read for yourself. What I will say is that there are lovely photos of Sasha throughout the book
This is truly an inspiring story. Not only because of the lovely Sasha, but also because of the author and his wife. They really are a magnificent couple because Sasha is not the only dog they have rescued. They have ten rescue dogs in their home and they spend time with each and every one of them making sure they are all happy. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you are looking for a book to lift your spirits, then this is the one for you.
I have just finished reading Sasha. This is a wonderful heart warming story about a very brave dog and her loving and caring owners. It is inspirational in sharing an insight into dogs who suffer from epilepsy, and explains how resilient a very sick dog can be, especially with proper care and love from her owners and also fantastic vet care. Harry shares his hopes, fears and never ending struggles to ensure that Sasha has the very best of everything she needs to aid her recovery from some very difficult situations. At the end of the book I felt like I knew Sasha, Harry and his family. I hope other readers obtain hope from reading this story especially if they have a pet that is suffering from any illness. Listening and following medical advice and most of all ensuring your pet has all the love and attention needed to give them reassurance when they are unwell is certainly the best thing anyone can do and Harry shares these things in this wonderful book. Sasha of course is the main optimist throughout her story and whatever disaster fell upon her, she fought through it all with her wonderful wagging tail. I recommend all animal lovers take the time to read this story.
If you didn't know this was a true story, you could be forgiven for thinking that no dog could go through all Sasha has, and not only survived, but thrived. This is one incredibly brave, very special dog, who with the help of her owners has survived broken legs, terrible allergies and continues to live with serious canine epilepsy, while at the same time, retaining a wonderful happiness and zest for life. Five stars don't really do the book justice, ten would be better.
What a beautiful book. Sasha is a dog who has survived so much and still keeps 'smiling' her way through life. Hypothermia, broken legs, skin allergies and terrible seizures, she's had more than her fair share of trials and tribulations. Her story is told by her owner, the author, himself disabled and yet together they have formed an inseparable bond of interdependent love and care for each other.
Her loyalty to her best friend is amazing and the love she inspires in those who meet her is fantastic to read about. Sasha takes you on an emotional roller-coaster and I'm sure other readers will follow me in falling in love with an amazing dog, and the photos in the book are the icing on the cake. A definite five star read!
What an absolute wonderful read, from start to finish I have been amazed by the strength and courage this special dog sasha has got, through everything that has been thrown at her she's fought through it all and continues to keep fighting and her tail wagging, a true inspiration and a beautiful girl, for all you dog lovers I highly recommend you take some time out and read this book, just have plenty of tissues at the ready, 💖 well done to sashas humans Harry Porter and juliet, your both remarkable ppl, sashas angels xxx