Friday, June 29, 2012

Rescuing Sprite

A Dog Lover’s Story of Joy and Anguish 

by Mark L. Levin

This is a love story of a family and their dogs. Written by national talk show host and attorney Mark R. Levin, he shares his love of dogs, particularly his rescue dog, Sprite.
Already sharing their home with Pepsi, a 6 year old mixed breed, the family decides to adopt a second dog from the local shelter. They fall in love with the adorable Sprite, believing him to be between 3-6 years old. He fits right in with the family, he and Pepsi becoming inseparable.
Weeks after adopting Sprite, he has an emergency and must be rushed to the animal hospital. This is followed by another incident shortly thereafter. The Levin family realizes Sprite is much older than originally believed, perhaps ten years or more! But this does not matter; he is family, and he needs them.
The next few years are spent loving Sprite and caring for him. The Levin family, including Pepsi, is forever changed by Sprite and his gentle spirit. Friends and listeners of Mark Levin’s show are touched by Sprite’s life and struggle.
We are reminded by the Levin family’s story with Sprite of how much animals add to our lives, and how much we can learn from them, from their simple wisdom. This is a beautiful story that will stay with you, especially if you have had the joy and anguish of rescuing an elderly dog, as I have had.  It is indeed special.


  1. It is a very special story!

  2. As difficult as it is to think about or read about a beloved furkd's passing, I cannot help but think how Sprite's elder years were blessed by the love of a family. All elders should have this much TLC as their lives wane. This sounds like a wonderful read, as long as one has a box of Kleenex handy! :-)

  3. I want to read more about your experiences with animal rescue, Annie, and how you got involved with it initally!

  4. I have an upcoming series of posts on my dogs...then there are my cats...LOL...should I include my monkey, skunk, opossums, raccoons, turtles, frogs, birds...yeah, I'm a regular Dr. Do-Alot! *LOL* It's all about LOVE.'s coming...keep telling me...

  5. Good! I can't wait, I know it will be fun reading! There is a special place in Heaven for those who care for critters, I just know it! :-)

    1. There had best be critters in Heaven! It wouldn't be Heaven without them! :)

  6. it sounds good, but after Marley and Me and how much I cried at the end of it.....just not sure I have it in me to read any dog story, especially one like this! So glad Sprite did find a family though to call his own!


  7. Why is it animal stories make me cry and people stories don't. Is it their innocence (man certainly isn't innocent) or their vulnerability? I don't know the answer, but I see tears coming if I read this book ... that is a good thing, right?


  8. Dear McGuffy Ann, this sounds like a lovely book for anyone who loves animals--be they dogs or cats or bunnies! The bond between animal companions and ourselves is deep and strong and they, like Sprite, become family. Thank you for letting me know about this book.

    I apologize for not getting to your blog in the past week. Life just got busy! Peace.