Having already read Mr Porter's Sasha, (wonderful it was, too,) I expected to be reading very much the same. How wrong I was. Sheba's tale is one that stems from brutality and the horrific nature of some people. Redemption comes for this wronged animal, beaten and in a terrible condition, in the loving kindness provided by Porter and his wife Juliet. This story will stir the emotions of anyone with a kind heart, not just dog lovers. It also proves that it is not in an animal's nature to be a beast, but man’s, as well as teaching us that if a dog, a so-called beast, can forgive after all that has been done to it, then it’s a sorry state of affairs when we cannot. Terrible really! It shouldn't take poor Sheba to make us realise such things, but her tale has made me think a lot. A beautiful story of redemption and love. I would strongly recommend it to all readers.
That’s what this is. A helpless, damaged Staffy lay so close to death in a shelter that was doing the best they could for her. I am sure she knew she was most likely dying.
But then the author and his wife happened to go to that shelter as they have rescue dogs. They saw her, this shivering, malnourished little dog, with wounds for she had been used as a bait dog—and they said they wanted to help.
The shelter warned them that she probably wouldn’t live, but they wanted to care for her at home. To at least surround her with love and the staff there knew that would be a good thing at least.
That’s the gist of this memorable book. It was quite an emotional experience to bear witness to Sheba’s journey from (literally) the jaws of death to happiness and good health in a home where she knows she belongs.
The story is told by an exceptionally gifted author. I felt I was there watching this little dog begin to thrive. It was heart stopping some of it, despite knowing she pulled through. What a tale this is!
There is some humor along with the sadness and the tragedy. The tragedy is that there are those among us who are truly monsters. People involved in dog fighting should be imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives. People knowing about it and doing nothing should keep them company.
As for me, I would just like to say it was an honor to read this book, to learn of Sheba, her new home and siblings and to read about how she was saved. Thank you, Mr. Porter.
Having read (and enjoyed) Sasha, I was thrilled to learn that Brian was writing another book about Sheba. I’d read a little about her in Sasha’s story, and eagerly awaited its publication. There are no words to convey the sadness I felt to learn about this little girl first year of life. Thankfully, Brian and Juliet found her, and her Sheba’s life turned a corner. Brian skilfully guides us through the ups and downs that Sheba faced, with just enough information about the abuse this little soul suffered, without being too graphic. This is a story of bravery, love, courage and determination. It shows what can be achieved with love and patience, which Brian & Juliet have in bucket loads! There are many happy moments shared in Sheba’s story too. I particularly like the song that Brian and his daughter composed about her, and the special relationship she has with Sasha and the rest of the family. I cannot and never will understand how any human being can commit such atrocities against another living creature, especially one exceptional story so trusting and loyal. Get yourself a box of tissues, and settle down for a very moving, exceptional story
Sometimes, man’s cruelty never ceases to amaze me. Training dogs to fight for human ‘amusement’ is bad enough, but stealing and using people’s loved and innocent pets to use as bait in order to train the fighting dogs is much worse. Poor Sheba was one such dog, used and abused, starved, beaten and tied up to be attacked as ‘training’ for the fighters. Just how cruel can people get? Near death, this poor dog was thrown away like a piece of trash on a rubbish tip, a living skeleton, and left to die. Somehow she was found, rescued and despite being close to death the author and his wife made it their priority to save this little dog and return her to health and a happy life. How they did it is beautifully described in Mr. Porter’s book, in which he doesn’t seek to dodge the mistakes they made along the way in trying to rehabilitate a dog that had been so cruelly abused, which adds to the poignancy of this excellent book. Needless to say, ‘Project Sheba’ was a resounding success and ten years later, Sheba is still with the Porter family, a much loved and loving, family dog.
I recommend this book not only to dog lovers but to anyone who enjoys reading about the ability of man to overcome difficulties as the Porters did in loving and caring for this dog, who most people thought would be dead within weeks of them rescuing her. I defy anyone, man or woman, to read this book without feeling a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye. The photos in the book are a testament to the great job the family did in restoring Sheba to health and happiness. Long may she live and enjoy her life with Mr, Porter, his family and their wonderful pack of rescue dogs.
I was horrified to read what this poor dog had gone through before finding a forever home. Though at the time of her adoption, no one knew how long this poor little mite had left to live. Nevertheless, Brian Porter and his wife, Juliet were determined to give her a loving home no matter how short that time might be. Thank goodness Sheba's life was turned around and judging from the photo on the cover and those throughout the book, she is now one happy dog. However we must never forget what happened to Sheba as a puppy. Animals should not have to go through the cruelty we read about.
Sheba by Brian L. Porter is an absorbing tale of the adoption of an abused animal by the author, told in a first-person narrative that lends to its intimate atmosphere. It is a sequel to his previous work, Sasha, the story of the first fighting dog rescued by his family. Sheba is nursed back to health and retrained as a domestic animal. Yet there are engrained habits that compromise the situation, and the author explains the process in reclaiming the dog and making it a member of his family.
The element of conflict is expertly woven throughout the story as Porter details the journey of the dog from its adverse beginnings to its place as a beloved member of its new family. The conflict against nature is manifested as the dog survives a feral environment, enduring vicious battles and deprivation en route to the Porter home. A conflict with society ensues as the dog exhibits frenzied reactions to loud noises and sudden movements. It causes a severe injury to another pet as Sheba loses control during one scene in the narrative. The conflict with self is finally resolved as the animal is able to overcome its violent urges and settles into its new home at last.
For animal lovers, family narrative readers as well as those who enjoy a cozy tale of man’s best friend, Sheba by Brian L. Porter is a worthy read.
After reading Sasha's book, I was over the moon to find out that Sheba's story was also going to be written!! I pre-ordered it as soon as I could, and once it arrived to my kindle I could not put it down! I smiled, cried and even felt like I was there with Sheba and her family at times! What another wonderful book, following the journey of this beautiful girl, who no one thought would survive. Sheba is clearly a very strong little lady, and so deserves the life she has now! I cannot wait to read it again!
How could you not love a heartwarming story of a badly abused little dog who found love and succor in a wonderful home. Sheba started this world in a tough way, being used as a training device for fighting dogs. When she came to Harry and Juliet she had virtually no coat as it had been shaved to make it easier for dogs to bite her. Harry and Juliet, who must have been sent to this earth as saints for the sake of little abandoned, unloved animals, brought her home, loved her, fed her, took good care of her, socialized her, gave her security and above all the chance to be the sweet, loving dog she is. I loved the story. How could you help but do. . . it is heartwarming to know there are people like Harry and Juliet in this world, to say nothing of their children and their other dogs. A great little story.