Welcome Home by Billi Tiner

Happy Fourth of July America!

First, I wanted to tell you Debbie Brown (author of Amethyst Eyes) interviewed me for her blog! Check out the interview HERE!

On to the review!

Welcome Home

by Billi Tiner
160 pages – ages 9+
Published by CreateSpace on December 24, 2011
Kindle Edition Reviewed

Jake, the dog, wanted to have an owner who would make him part of the family. When the time came for Jake and his two siblings to get chosen and taken to a new home, his brother and sister each get good homes and Jake is taken home with a mean man named Joe who abuses him because he wants “Duke” (Joe re-named Jake) to be a fighting dog. During a storm, Jake escapes and meets two dogs, a bulldog named Bo, and a chihuahua named Rico. They join Jake on his journey to find the perfect owner, hoping that the perfect owner will take all the dogs in (Bo and Rico are strays, like Jake). They search everywhere in towns and cities, but when the dogs get to the country, Joe and two friends see them and start shooting at them! The dogs get away, but Bo gets injured. Rico took care of Bo, while Jake went into town to get food. On one of these trips, Jake wasn’t looking and he got hit by a car! He is taken to a hospital and then to a foster home to heal. Jake’s foster parents want to find him a good home with a loving owner. Jake wants to find a good home, but he is also worried about Bo and Rico. Will the friends ever be reunited?

I LOVED this book! It was awesome! I really liked the plot – it was so unique and emotional! I want to read “Friend’s For Life” – Dr. Tiner’s next book about how Bo and Rico met!  I really like the character of Rico – a small, Spanish-spewing chihuahua! I like how this book teaches about a sad topic, animal/dog abusing. I love animals and I can’t believe that people could treat them badly. I think this is an important topic kids should know about. Dr. Tiner described the characters and settings in the book very well and told us about this sad topic without any graphic violence. I loved that! I recommend this book to kids 9+!

Five out of five dog bones…ERR, I mean bookworms for Welcome Home!

Here is something cool, Billi Tiner is not only a great author, she is also a veterinarian! To learn more about “Welcome Home” and Dr. Tiner’s other books, please visit her website HERE.

Categories: Age 9+

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13 replies

  1. Sounds awesome, Erik. Dog fighting is the worst thing in the world because the dogs did not choose to do that and they always put a soft one with a vicious one. It’s so evil. Unfortunately there’s always going to be evil people running it. I wish there was a way of stopping it.

  2. Oh my gosh! This looks as if it is a great book, although I can see how it can be quite emotional. Those kinds of things upset me, but if they are realiy happening then we should be informed.

    There is a particular breed of dog I would like to have but I have often thought I should instead go to a dog rescue organization and adopt. Something to think about.
    Thanks, Eric.

  3. Great review Erik! I can’t wait to read Welcome Home (I loved Heart of a Hero)! Best of luck to Dr. Tiner:)

  4. This is exactly the kind of book I loved as a kid. I don’t read sad/happy dog stories much anymore. I can’t handle them. I love dogs, and it makes me so sad knowing this sort of thing really goes on every day.

  5. This sounds like a great book! I love dogs. It reminds me just a little of The Incredible Journey, which, if you haven’t read you would probably love – the real book, not the movie 🙂

  6. Belated Happy Fourth of July, Erik. It was our first time to celebrate the fourth of July here in the States and we did have a blast. We attended this free concert in Downtown Vegas by the alternative band, 3 Doors Down (are you familiar with them?). Hope you had a good one too. 🙂

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