Oh, puppy love! His brown eyes and Jack Russell Terrier face peered up from the cover and I couldn’t resist picking up this book. And quite the book it is. It is the story of the Tolans, who quit their regular jobs as police officers in England and moved to the African bush in Zambia, near the Luangwa River to set up a wildlife rehabilitation and education center. Along the way they adopted Bulu, a Jack Russell mix puppy that no one else wanted. The Tolans were adequately warned that pets don’t typically last more than a few months in a land inhabited by predators such as lions, crocodiles, hyenas and other hazards that can kill domestic animals. Still, they brought Bulu into their home and hearts, where he became an important part of their wildlife work. Bulu became a surrogate parent first to a pair of orphaned warthogs, and then to a couple of young vervet monkeys, and then to other wild orphans. Bulu is a wonderful tribute to a special dog that lived a very full life and made a lasting imprint on the world. If you have a dog-lover in your life, this book will be right up their alley. For kids in Grades 5 and up.
Other great books about dogs are:
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls