Dog House Blues

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Category: Chapter Books, Elementary Non-Fiction, Jr./Sr. High Non-Fiction

By Jacqueline Pearce, 2005

Erika struggles to deal with being bullied by other pre-teen girls. She is torn by her love of her family’s numerous pets adopted by her veterinarian mother, and the shame of being nicknamed “dog girl.” Written for the BC SPCA Kids’ Club, the love and intimacy with which Pearce describes the dogs in this book is evident. The humorous personalities of Erika’s dogs are based on the real life incidents of pets which belong to Pearce’s friends.  A good lesson on how relationships between humans – and animals.