Teddy the Shelter Dog: Book Review

Teddy is a stray who loves his life. When he gets the chance to be part of a family he begins to see that life isn't so bad with others. But one night he runs away.

Teddy is a stray who loves his life. When he gets the chance to be part of a family he begins to see that life isn't so bad with others. But one night he runs away.

Title: Teddy the Shelter Dog
Author: Tony Feeherry and Maridee Feeherry
Illustrator: Margot Rogers
ISBN: 9780998702025          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: responsibility, pet ownership

What's it about?
Meet Teddy. Teddy is a stray dog who loves nothing more than running and chasing things but there were times when he wondered if there was something more out there. Then one night Teddy is in an accident and ends up at a shelter. As luck would have it Teddy is adopted and loves his new family but now dreams about the time before when he was running free - so he runs away.

This story looks at things from Teddy's perspective. The storyline is clear and well thought out. Each paragraph has a faded out box behind it (so the text doesn't get lost in the illustrations) making it very easy to read visually. The illustrations are just gorgeous.

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My Thoughts
When I first saw this book I was reminded of Buddy Unchained that I read a few years back which is of a similar nature of dealing with the subject of a shelter. However, Buddy is an abused animal that is rescued whereas Buddy is a stray dog. It draws a good comparision for students as to how, depsite the differences in lifestyle they both end up in a shelter and subsequently in a family environment. This is a plus if you are wanting to teach using Text-to-Text comparison.

I liked that this book chose a different perspective for animals. Teddy likes his life doing what he wants, when he wants it but there is that something more he feels is out there. The other feature of Teddy that I like is when he runs away and sees the "Lost Dog" poster - which he doesn't get because he knows exactly where he is! A bit of humour really does break the seriousness of the book and provide a good giggle or two.

What I like about this book is the ability for children to connect with it via Text-to-Self. A lot of kids have either had a pet go missing or know someone who has lost a pet. My kids aren't even 4 years old yet and we had one of our silkie chickens disappear. After 3 days we made up a little letterbox sign and started going around the neighbourhood and we were lucky enough to be reunited with our little girl who had been taken in my an elderly lady who also had chickens. So for my kids they made a lot of connections between their missing chook and Teddy going missing.

And bit of discussion about the illustrations! I love the illustrations. They are drawn in pencil and there is a lovely unique quality to them that really suits this story and makes it about family and all warm and fuzzy. I'm sure that digital drawings would have been good, but the authors made a wise decision with their illustrator choice.

Overall, a good book to companion up with Buddy Unchained or even the Hairy McClary books.


  1. We’re thinking of getting a dog from our local rescue centre. This might be a good book to read with my kids first.

  2. The Money Shed (@themoneyshed)30 May 2018 at 01:59

    This looks like a fantastic book! As a dog lover books like this are fantastic I find for kids to understand just how much responsibility owning a dog is!

  3. Lauren Davis30 May 2018 at 02:14

    They have a book for everything now! Is such a great way of introducing the idea of rescuing a dog to children and everything that comes with it.

  4. Rochelle @ Rhubarb and Wren30 May 2018 at 02:15

    I love finding books that put a different perspective on a theme. We love the Hairy McClary books for their humour and rhymes, so this sounds like it would be a good comparison piece. It also sounds like it might work well with another of our favourites, 'The Bog Baby', looking at the idea of wild creatures, captivity and freedom. Thanks for the review - will have to check it out!

  5. Ooh I haven’t heard of The Bog Baby - will need to go and have a look for that one. Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. Art Vego by Trixilie and Bea30 May 2018 at 09:51

    Hi Jenny
    That sounds like a really cute book – different perspective and a bit of humour. A great way to show kids that dogs aren´t toys. They are so much more.
    Hugs and Kisses
    Trixilie & Bea

  7. rhianwestbury30 May 2018 at 12:26

    I've never really heard of a book from the perspective of an animal, sounds interesting x

  8. Steph @ Renovation Bay-Bee2 June 2018 at 04:21

    My daughter loves anything to do with animals, so this one would be right up her street! She is currently reading some books about rescued animals and she loves them

  9. Anosa - MyrabevLife3 June 2018 at 00:10

    What an interesting book, I do remember has a kid we took in a stray dog but were lucky he stayed until we moved.

  10. Mel (@LeCoindeMel)3 June 2018 at 05:39

    Despite the old fashioned cover, I'm pretty sure my 7-year-old would love the book. She really wants a dog and would love to read a book from Teddy's perspective (we have friends who have a Labradoodle called Teddy!)

  11. Rochelle @ Rhubarb and Wren5 June 2018 at 13:01

    It’s one of our favourites - really lovely illustrations and such a sweet story. Hope you enjoy :)