Penny The Railway Pup - Review by Martha A. Cheves
"Until recently there was a gypsy encampment on the waste ground near the railway station. There was a knock on my door and two little girls were standing there, maybe eight to ten years old, with the older of the two holding a puppy in her arms. You could tell they were sisters just by looking at them. They told me they'd been out playing and saw that the gypsies had gone so they went to take a look in the field near the station where they'd camped, in case they'd left anything behind. From the scruffy state of their clothes, their white socks covered in mud and muck, and their dirty faces, I could tell they'd had a really good time exploring the old gypsy site. They walked towards the railway station, and on the other side of the fence, they saw something moving a few yards along the tracks. They soon realized it was a little dog. They followed the fence and realized that the puppy had a rope round its neck and that the rope was caught up on the track. They knew that if a train came along the poor little puppy would probably be hit and killed by the engine. They climbed the fence and ran to the puppy. It took a few minutes to free it from the track and the elder girl picked her up and reassured her." This was the rescue of the little puppy that became Penny the Railway Pup.
"The whole meaning of the word 'pet' when applied to a dog, speaks to me of a member of the family, one who shares the home and the life of their owner, not a 'thing' to be kept outdoors in all weathers and left to suffer in a freezing kennel or worse during the rages of winter. Even working dogs, kept as guard dogs for example, need warmth and comfort in the depths of winter, otherwise how can they be expected to fulfill their role of protecting their owner's property?" - Brian L. Porter
I have read all four of the Rescue Dog books and can't help but admire Author Brian L. Porter and his family. The love, affection and care that they provide for those that probably wouldn't make it otherwise shows me how much we forget about what we call 'our animals.' He is totally correct in reminding us that they aren't just pets, they are members of our own family and should be treated as so. If you're a dog lover, this is a must read book. If you aren't a dog lover, read it anyway and maybe you'll become one.