The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything and How They All Found Their Way Home
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After her family's home is destroyed by arson, writer Alison Hodgson tries to balance her own traumatic reactions, and her children's, all while sorting through the remains of their belongings and a mountain of insurance paperwork. With humor, she recounts her seven-year-old daughter Eden's relentless pursuit to adopt another dog, a little pug named Oliver. Unexpectedly, Oliver helps the family reconnect and heal in surprising ways.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310343836
ISBN-13: 9780310343837

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"What if a wheezing, sneezing, allegedly house-trained, ticking time bomb of an orphan pug is the key to helping a family feel at home again, after an arsonist set their house—and life—on fire? If you asked me, I would have said it’s a bad idea; we can do better. Unfortunately no one asked me, and The Pug List is my family’s story."

In the fire’s aftermath of insurance battles royal, rebuilding plans, parenting in the face of life’s hard questions and a scorching case of post-traumatic stress, now is absolutely the worst possible time to adopt a dog. But to Alison’s seven-year-old daughter, Eden, it’s the perfect time—and The Relentless Campaign begins.

Until one day Alison peeks inside Eden’s diary—dubbed "The Pug List"—and realizes in one fell swoop that her girl’s heart is on the line, and resistance is futile ("The pugs make me happy FOREVER.").

Enter "Outrageous" Oliver, and the hilarity, healing, and irresistible hope that follows.

Editorial Reviews

Hodgson, writer, speaker, and humorist, shares her poignant personal story of how their family rebuilt their lives after an arsonist set fire to their home. Hodgson details the experience of the sudden loss as she takes stock of not only their material possessions but the lost feeling of emotional security and the shock of leaving behind myriad cherished memories. She describes the aftermath in heartrending detail, exploring the ways she, her husband, and their children come to terms with the loss. As this life-defining fire set their lives on a new course, the Hodgsons found their faith to be the solid foundation upon which to start over. In the midst of all this chaos, a small blessing also came into their lives: Oliver the pug. Hodgson's witty style of communicating both the serious and comical helps to balance out what could have been a dismal and downhearted tale of woe. Readers will find themselves revisiting the value they place upon their own homes and how such a devastating crime can alter a family's sense of security. This memoir is a testament to the power of emotional therapy for life's darkest times. Through the irresistible Oliver, Hodgson reminds readers that true safety in this world rests beyond our worldly desires and possessions.
A charming, funny and brutally honest take, demonstrating in surprising ways the power of God’s constant love.
By turns sweet and terrifying, Alison Hodgson takes us on a journey through the rebuilding of a house and a home. Regaining trust, recovering personalities, and adding a fur kid to the family on the way, she talks without sentimentality about the love of God for us, the love of mothers for families, and the love between kids and dogs. This memoir is a charmer.
Alison Hodgson’s tender lament in the wake of her family’s house fire rings with faith and hope, even laughter. Her story mirrors life itself: love and beauty, complicated by grief---but never fully extinguished.
Why is a pug so good?” So a little girl ponders in the pages of her journal while her family rebuilds following an inexplicable and devastating loss. The answer to this simple but deeply theological question is unfolded through this riveting and delightful memoir, encompassing everything that really matters: faith, family, and the unfailing goodness of God in the midst of both suffering and joy.
The Pug List is the best kind of book: heartwarming and hilarious and everything in between. In her family’s wrenching story of loss and discovery, Alison Hodgson reminds us that even in the worst bits of life, God stands ready to restore and redeem. And that this redemption is all the better when it comes with a dog.
Alison Hodgson’s The Pug List is an affecting story of the author’s experience as a person of faith, a victim of arson, a present wife and mother, and a lover of dogs, who sometimes---in desperation---finds herself praying in all capital letters. And it’s an account of God’s mysterious, loving answers to her prayers.
What if a ludicrous little dog was the capstone for a family rebuilding---not their physical house, but their feeling of home and haven? What if he was the sneezing, wheezing answer to their prayers? In this tenderly wrought memoir, Alison Hodgson brings wisdom, spirit, and laughter to the story of what happened to her family after an arsonist set fire to their home. Anyone who has ever suffered devastation and loss or loved an animal with their whole heart will find a kindred soul in Alison, her family, and Oliver the Pug too.
This heartwarming true story concerns a family who, after losing everything in a fire set by an arsonist, pick up the pieces of their life with the help of a wheezing, un-housetrained rescue Pug… An immensely likable story about family in all its forms and the joy and even blessings to be found in life’s struggles.
'The Pug List’ is an honest memoir about loss as Hodgson reveals that an arsonist set the fire, the struggles the family faced, and the journey toward healing they are still on. It’s heartwarming, wry, and hilarious, as well.
Readers will find themselves laughing, crying, and then sitting silently while contemplating how they might handle such an event themselves.
This is a beautiful story, and beautifully told, of family and loss and love and rebuilding. Alison Hodgson’s love for literature is evident on every page.
You don’t have to like pugs to love this book. You’ll laugh and cry as you follow the family’s adventures through tragedy and triumphs, facing it all with honesty, faith, and humor.
At long last, research is confirming what dog lovers already know: Each dog is a unique, sentient being with a complex personality. And Oliver, the snorty little black dog of The Pug List, has more personality, and less bladder control, than most. I’m in love with this powerful story about a hurting family who adopts and is adopted by an unforgettable dog that makes a little girl named Eden smile once again.
A beautifully penned story of resilience and recovery, The Pug List is an inspirational memoir for anyone who has ever loved and lost. This family’s emotional journey provides a poignant lesson from a hopeful little girl and a troublesome pug to remind us that love is always worth the struggle.
I loved this story---heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and ultimately life-affirming. Alison Hodgson shows us very clearly the wonderful impact a dog can have on a family and the spiritual truth they teach us. Highly recommended.

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  1. pugrammy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    loved this book
    March 9, 2017
    pugrammy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are looking for a great read, this is your book. Its honest, funny & heartwarming.
  2. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    For Readers Learning to Live in "After"
    July 5, 2016
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Pug List by Alison Hodgson is a true story about before and after, about learning to live well again after a traumatic event. In this case, the event was a devastating house fire set by an arsonist. Alison's family of five lost just about everything they owned except the clothes on their backs.

    As Alison tells the story, she shares the lessons she learned along the way, giving relevant family history to help readers understand. She also shares her heart - what she was thinking and feeling and struggling with most as her family recovered from their ordeal and worked to rebuild their life.

    Readers meet the pug about two-thirds of the way through the book and learn his role in this chapter of the family's story. Dog lovers will especially appreciate this part of the book. The rest of the book will encourage anyone living in an "after" situation. I received my complimentary eCopy of The Pug List from the publisher in exchange for this honest review.
  3. tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Family, a Fire and a Pug!
    June 17, 2016
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Imagine awakening to your smoke alarm going off. Imagine, too, that there have been so many malfunctions with your home's smoke alarm in the past, that it is easy to believe this is just another false alarm. That is what happened to the Hodgson Family in the wee hours one fateful morning.

    When the alarm sounded, Alison and Paul Hodgson did decide to awaken their family, along with a house guest, grab the dog, and leave their home. But because there had been so many past false alarms, they didn't grab anything on the way out--other than Alison's computer, which she picked up as an afterthought. They really believed they would march outside for a few minutes, only to discover, once again, it was a malfunction, and there was no fire.

    Unfortunately, this time, there truly was a fire, and their entire house was soon engulfed in flames. Alison and her family were left with literally only the night clothes on their backs, along with her computer. Thinking this was another faulty alarm, most of them hadn't grabbed shoes, and were barefoot.

    In this true story, the author shares what it is like to suddenly live without a home, or possessions. She speaks of the generosity of others, but also how difficult it was for them to accept their kindness. Even though they had complete insurance coverage, getting the money was a long, uphill battle. Discovering how the fire started was a shock. They were even more startled when they realized their insurance company wanted to accuse Alison, or Paul, of starting the fire.

    The Hodgsons all thank God that no lives were lost. However, the family members each suffered with post traumatic stress as a result of the fire. It was especially hard to see their children struggle, or have difficulties. That is why in the midst of this life changing upheaval, Alison and Paul gave in to the many pleas from their youngest child, Eden, to get a Pug dog.

    Finding a Pug also turned out to be quite an adventure itself, with lots of ups and downs. Getting, Outrageous Oliver, who is a character in his own right, has involved more commitment than they ever dreamed of. However, he also brought healing to the family, especially Eden, along with lots of laughter. The bond Oliver and Eden have is endearing, and rare.

    What this family went through in the aftermath of their home burning is eye opening. Alison captures their resulting thoughts, actions and disappointments. This is a sweet family, and it is easy to see how what happened to them, could happen to anyone. As John Bradford is credited with saying, "but for the grace of God...." It was also uplifting to read of this family's faith in the aftermath of such tragedy. I enjoyed this 5-star book, and recommend it to anyone who likes true stories, or dog tales.

    The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Pug List, through Zondervan Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  4. sandra
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The ug
    April 23, 2016
    sandra
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    An orphaned pug comes into an animal loving little girls life, just when things could not be worse in her family. Will this little dog help keep the family together?

    well written and funny at times, it is well worth the read. It is a true story about the Hodgsons life! If you love animals then this is the story for you. Any dog lover can not be with out this chapter book. A christen book that points , that all comes from God. I read this book in one night when I could not sleep and liked it very much. A very heartwarming and hilarious story.

    I got this book from book look to review.
  5. Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Honesty and Hope
    April 8, 2016
    Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With honesty, humor, and a heaping dose of hope, Alison Hodgson takes the reader right into the heart and soul of her family as they process and heal from the trauma of an arsonist burning down their home. I've had the pleasure of hearing Alison speak on her experiences in person, and I'm thrilled I can now thrust The Pug List into the hands of those I know would value her story as much as I do. Calling this memoir "heartwarming" doesn't seem to do it justice. Your heart will hurt in certain parts at the injustice and sorrow of the Hodgsons' tragedy,but it will also be full with hope, faith, and a clear sense of what's really important in life. At the end of the book, if you're like me, you'll immediately tell a friend to read it, and then hop online to find pictures of Outrageous Oliver.
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