Book Review – Rufus Finds a Home
Rufus finds a home
By: Theodore Jerome Cohen
Publisher: TJC Press
Release date: January 2017
Rufus is a beautiful golden retriever who lives with Charlie, a wonderful and loving man. Charlie loves his dog, but the man is getting old and can no longer care for Rufus. What will happen to this special dog?
Rufus is full of energy and wants to play. He loves to chase sticks, go for long walks and explore his surroundings. Although Charlie would love to run with his dog, the man has grown old and tired; now he can’t play fetch with his dog. The two sit by a tree on a beautiful fall day as Charlie worries about his dog. Soon Charlie will be moving into his daughter’s house and Rufus will not be able to follow his owner to the new house. Charlie remembers many of the fun moments they shared, but her thoughts keep going back to her dog’s future. What will become of Rufus?
As the two friends sit quietly by the tree, a boy approaches Charlie. He asks the man about his dog, what’s his name, if he can do any tricks, and Charlie’s face lights up. There’s nothing he likes more than talking about Rufus. Charlie tells Jimmy about the tricks Rufus can pull, how the dog went to dog school and was a star student, and how Rufus helps out around the house. Jimmy quickly bonds with his sister Heather and his mother, and all three are intrigued by the beautiful golden retriever.
As Charlie talks about her dog, Heather notices that she is quite sad.
“So why are you sad?” asked the boy’s sister, Heather,
“A good dog like Rufus should bring joy forever.”
“I know,” said the man, wiping the tears from his eyes,
but old age has taken my youth by surprise.
It’s obvious that Jimmy and his family are loving people who love Rufus. Will they be able to give the dog a new home?
While I have read and reviewed many dog stories dealing with rescues and rehoming for abandoned dogs, this is the first to deal with a very difficult but rarely discussed topic of what happens when an elderly person is gone. able to take care of his pet. Having to part with a beloved pet is difficult for anyone, but for an older person who has already lost a spouse or other loved one, the event can be particularly stressful. Told in rhyme, with Rufus’s gorgeous photography fitting perfectly with the action on each page, the story is easy to follow and also moving. Rufus Finds a Home is a book that children will love to read, as it also educates them on how and why dogs sometimes need a new home.
Quill Says: Tough subject matter, sensitively approached, makes Rufus Finds a Home a wonderful story that children will enjoy and want to read again and again.