A Rare Breed of Love
The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere
On Sale: June 3, 2008
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A tale of hope, courage, and the amazing
journey of one special dog.
When you meet
Baby, the first thing you notice is her limp. She only has
three legs, you see -- she lost one following years of
mistreatment at a puppy mill. But spend a little more time
with Baby and her irrepressible "Ma," Jana Kohl, and you'll
hear the story of how this gentle creature has gone from
puppy-mill victim to celebrity "spokesdog" -- hobnobbing
with celebrities, lobbying politicians, and inspiring an
entire movement to end the kind of animal abuse she suffered
for so many years.
Several years ago, Jana decided
she wanted to buy a toy poodle. But the nightmarish
conditions she was confronted with at a breeder's farm --
hundreds of dogs confined to small, dirty cages for their
entire lives until they were killed for the crime of being
too old to produce puppies -- opened her eyes to abuses in
the world of commercial breeding. There are thousands of
puppy mills all across the United States, and most of those
cute little puppies in pet store windows are products of
such nightmarish places. Jana knew this was a wrong she
Her first step was to adopt a rescued
adult dog instead of buying a puppy from a commercial
breeder. And that's how she found Baby, a roughly
nine-year-old poodle who had been locked in a cage. But
Jana's mission didn't stop there. Soon, Jana and Baby (whose
sweet face and three-legged hobble attract attention
wherever she goes) found themselves speaking to groups about
the terrible conditions at many breeders' farms and urging
politicians to change the lax laws that regulate this
industry. Today, Baby is the unofficial spokesdog for the
Humane Society of the United States on the topic of puppy
mills, and she and Jana travel around the country lobbying
for reform on this important issue.
A Rare Breed
of Love contains more than sixty photographs of Baby
with many of her high-profile fans, from Barack Obama to
Judge Judy to Patti LaBelle, as well as original essays from
luminaries such as Alice Walker and Gloria Steinem about the
special love we all have for the pets in our lives. In this
heartbreaking, compelling, and ultimately heartwarming book,
Jana Kohl and Baby offer practical advice on what each of us
can do to raise awareness, make a difference, and stop
animal suffering everywhere.
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