The Dogs of Proud Spirit

By Melanie Sue Bowles

Hi! Have you ever read a non-fiction book? Well, I have! And that’s the genre or this book, The Dogs of Proud Spirit.

This book is about Melanie. She has a lot of dogs and cats and horses. At first, she thought she was a “cat person.” She didn’t really know how much joy dogs would bring to her life. Then, she got horses. She started out with 2 and ended up with 70! Wow - that’s a lot of horses. And then she got a lot of dogs – 12! They moved from Florida to Arkansas, and sadly, one of her dogs passed on. The dog’s name was Molly.

I found a few things in this book that related to my life. For example, a chapter called “The Cow” was about their dog named Molly. They would always leave food high up because she would always jump up and get it. My dog always jumps up and gets things, too. Just today, in fact, my dog jumped up and got some soup that I was eating for lunch.

Here are some of my favorite parts in this book:
One of my absolute favorite parts in the book was the chapter “Molly.” “Molly” was all about Molly (as I think you could probably figure out). It was before Melanie had dogs. Molly was her first dog. She felt uneasy at first, but she grew to love Molly. Molly was always Jim’s sort of dog. They felt sad when she passed away. Molly was my favorite dog. I cried myself away when Molly died! I felt so sad. But, thankfully, their last dog, Chloe, was a lot like Molly. She even jumped up to steal their sushi in the last chapter! I’m glad that they finally got a dog that reminded them of Molly!

I gotta tell you, I just love Gunner. They adopted Gunner. Gunner was their second dog. Gunner loved to go on trips with Melanie. I think Gunner was just Melanie’s kind of dog! I wish I could have Gunner.

My third favorite is Trixie. Trixie and her two sisters were found on the side of the road in a box that was covered in ants with only a little food in there that they wouldn’t have been able to eat. So Melanie took them in. It was easy to get to her sisters Daisy and Trudi, but it wasn’t that easy to get to Trixie. But, when she finally did, Melanie loved them with all her heart.

And then, Tucker is really cute to me. I really, really wanted him badly. This was Melanie’s first impression of him: “He’s just about the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. He looks like a pig with fur. Look at the round belly!” She loved Tucker a lot.

And those are my four favorite stories. If you want to read the book, go ahead and try it! Send a message back to me about what your favorite story was. Hope you like the book! And you can contact Melanie Sue Bowles on her website:

Will they get more dogs and get a happy, loving family, or will all the dogs die and they be in endless sorry? As I always say, read the book to find out!

I recommend this book to people who love just a regular non-fiction story once in a while and can take on all of those details without a single bit of magic. It was a bit hard for me at first, but I loved the book!

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor): There were no scary parts, but I’m going to count sadness for this time. There were a few sad parts (as I’ve already mentioned the one about Molly and a few others – but none of them more sad than Molly).

“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor): Zero. None. Nada.

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I give this book 4 ½ wands.
It was a little sad, but I loved it. My mom had to talk me into finishing reading it when Molly died. I love the book and I feel glad that the author got to have all of those dogs. I feel sort of jealous of her at the same time because I wish I had all those dogs, too.

Source: Review Copy