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Michelle Clark has loved animals all her life, filling her home with a menagerie of stray cats and abandoned dogs. But when her outreach work with London's homeless community leads to a chance meeting with a desperate man, and a quest to find a missing Staffie named Poppy, she has no idea that her life will be transformed forever.

Poppy is unlike any other dog that Michelle has ever met, with her unwavering loyalty, gentle nature and wise, kind eyes. Soon, Poppy finds her way not just into Michelle's heart, but into her home too.

Inspired Poppy's extraordinary love and devotion, Michelle finds herself at the start of a journey to bring hope and help to the hundreds of other precious dogs who call the city streets their home.

An inspiring, heartwarming true story about the incredible bond that exists between humans and animals, and how, in rescuing them, we can also rescue ourselves.

©2020 Michelle Clark (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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First book ever to make me cry!

This is a wonderful story, well written, beautifully narrated. I've never had a book move me emotionally before, not the way this one has. Poppy was clearly a canine marvel, truly special, and as with any truly special being, taken all too soon. Michelle is clearly a very selfless and dedicated lady. I am in awe of her and her team and what she has created, not least of which is a window into life on the streets. Buy this book, you will not be disappointed and then when you've read it (or like me, listened to it) donate to the deserving charity, I intend to. Congratulations Michelle, this is not only Poppy's legacy, in decades to come, yours also.

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High Praise for the Author!

'Poppy the Street Dog' by Michelle Clark
Genre: Animal Rights & True Story

About the Book: This is a true story about how Michelle has dedicated her life to Dogs living on the streets. In addition, when she became an outreach worker for the homeless; she met a wonderful dog called Poppy. Poppy inspired Michelle to create the ongoing project 'Cause 4 Paws'.

My Review: Michelle is such an inspiration! The way she has dedicated her life to helping the homeless and supporting dogs in need is remarkable. I have no idea how she has managed to dedicate that much time of her life and how she was able to afford everything that was involved. Yet, I can only wish I could make that sort of positive difference in my lifetime. Michelle clearly shows how the bereavement of a furbaby can be just as painful as of a human.
The book is clear, a good balance of show and tell and no over description.
I praise the author for showing awareness of how wonderful the breed Staffordshire Bull Terriers is and how they are unfairly stigmatized. Also, I praise the author for showing awareness of the complexity of homelessness and how life can change in an instant.
This story took me on a huge emotional rollercoaster, it evoked many emotions and I was brought to tears at least once. The ending was beautiful and I would love to hear more from this author in the future.

Triggers - Bereavement, homelessness, Alcholism, illegal Drugs and prostitution.

If you know anyone (or are someone) who has any prejudices towards people who are homeless or how bereavement of furbabies can be just as heartbreaking as of a human - I urge you to read this book.