Most of my readers know I love animals, especially dogs, so when I saw a card at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Mountain Home AR, promoting a book about a rescued dog, written by a local author, I ordered the book.
All Creatures Veterinary Hospital played a part in Luckie's rescue story, too. [Luckie and I as kindred spirits...., Luckie's "forever" home, How Luckie acquired her name, Luckie's nickname: Meatloaf, Luckie and all our dogs .]
Sometime ago I mentioned purchasing this book, HaTeya Sam, by Deborah Dreher Lively, author/artist. The principal subject is a rescued Bearded Collie, named HaTeya Sam.
HaTeya means "to make a footprint." The name was selected by the author, but her husband preferred Sam, so Sam became his common name.
The 32-page book is a poem about the rescue of Sam, found with injured, broken foot on a city street, taken to the abovedmentioned veterinary hospital and then rescue facility, Rocky Ridge Refuge, Gassville AR. Rocky Ridge Refuge is home of Lurch, the Watusi steer, featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Nov. 15, 2007 & Jan. 9, 2008.
Sam was rescued by author, Deborah Dreher Lively. Sam, like our Luckie, found and deserved "heaven." Unlike Luckie (rescued as 2.5 year old adult female), Sam was a 6-week-old male puppy.
This easy-to-read book is directed toward children. It could easily be used to teach children (and adults) that all forms of abuse are wrong, whether to adults, children, or animals. Further the indomitable, forgiving spirit of Sam with the help of kind, humane persons culminated into a life-changing experience for him, and his new owners.
Author Lively has a second book, Walkabout Sam, due out early this fall. She has another publication listed with Amazon.com, Vanishing Treasure of the Virungas.
I highly recommend HaTeye Sam for children, perhaps as a prelude to introduction of an animal into a household. Children sometimes do not understand a pet is not a toy to be tossed, kicked or squeezed. The book, richly illustrated by author/artist Lively, tells the joy of sharing, caring and companionship of a domesticated animal, in this case a dog.
Other sites featuring HaTeya Sam are listed below:
and many more. There are 10 Google search web pages for HaTeya Sam!
For photos see web links or author/artist Lively's web site.
Hateya Sam may be purchased from several sources, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, or directly from the author at the following address, or e-mail:
172 Robin Drive
Mountain Home, AR 72653