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A Puppy is for Loving
By author: Mary Labatt   Illustrated by: Renata Liwska
Selling Points: "Birthing & care of puppies, grandparents"
ISBN: 9781551434773
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2007
Pages: 64
Fiction Ages 7-9
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $6.95
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I sat in the rocker for long hours. And I watched Elsie care for her babies. She washed them with her tongue. She lay on her side and fed them. She nudged them over on their backs to clean them. . .
Three times a day, I put five of the puppies in the basket. Then I let the little runt feed by herself. Once a day I held her in my arms and fed her a bottle. It was special milk from the vet. The little runt got stronger every day.

Elsie is about to have puppies, and Elizabeth is going to help. Her grandmother shows her exactly how to make the den for the dog and how to be ready when the puppies come out. After they are born, Elizabeth helps Elsie care for them. Most important of all, though, she helps her grandmother find just the right home for each, especially the very last one.
Times-Colonist - March 2, 2008
"This story could turn any kid into a dog lover."
CM Magazine - January 25, 2008
"A Puppy is For Loving is a very strong book....Mary Labatt's intimate knowledge of raising puppies is evident in the text and the passion with which she tells this story. Highy recommended."


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