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One Good Dog
by Susan Wilson
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Griffin, 2011 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Joan Burton

Forty-six year old Adam March is the CEO of a large, successful cosmetic firm. He is arrogant and selfish, and wants nothing but perfection in his life. His wife Sterling is a social climber who likes to be seen at all the right places. They own three homes with plenty of servants, wear designer clothes, and have the best in cars. Adam makes a mistake one day in his office when he physically attacks his secretary. He is fired from the firm and loses everything; his well laid plans are shattered.

A judge orders Adam to perform a year of community service at a homeless shelter. This hits Adam hard and he is about to find out how less fortunate people live. Sterling has gotten most of their assets, and custody of their daughter Ariel, after she filed for divorce. Now Adam only sees his daughter on weekends when she feels like spending time with the father who never had time for her. His home is a shabby one bedroom apartment on the wrong side of town. As Adam spends his days serving meals at the shelter, he slowly begins to form friendships with some of his co-workers and the men who come there for their daily food.

Adam befriends a pitbull named Chance, thinking it belonged to a homeless man who entered the hospital. Communication is mixed up and Adam unknowingly begins to care for this stray. The dog was abused as a fighter in a dog ring, and is now enjoying his new found freedom. Chance and Adam slowly get to know one another, and the more Adam communicates with the dog, the kinder he becomes. Soon he is a changed man, caring for something other than himself. The chapters alternate in the voices of Adam and Chance the dog.

One Good Dog is the story of a man and a dog, both needing a second chance. They learn from one another and any dog lover will enjoy the interaction between man and his best friend. It is a great story of healing and acceptance.

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