Welcome Home & Heart of a Hero by Billi Tiner
I have decided to review these two books together because they have a common theme and are similar in some ways.
Welcome Home is the story of Jake. Ever since he was a little puppy, he had dreamed of this nice man and has always been sure that they were meant to be together. As Jake’s ‘brothers’ are all adopted by loving families, Jake longs for the man in his dreams. Finally, he is adopted, but not by the man of his dreams. His new ‘owner’ turns out to be a cruel man who not only violent with him but also expects violence from him. Then one day, when Jake gets a way out, he snatches it to set out on a journey to find the man from his dreams. Soon he is on an adventure of his own, finding his way to his ‘home’.
Heart of a Hero is the story of Lady, who has always wanted to be a hunting dog like her mother. In the story we follow Lady’s life right from a farm life to a messenger dog to a hunting dog to girls pet. It’s a story of love, loss and hurt as Lady loses her owners to war and to death. She feels connected to Carl and Steve yet, she has to adjust over and over again in her life as she is handed over from owner to another.
The common theme in both the stories is the connection between a human and a dog. They both are very heartwarming yet sad at places. They teach us something about love and loyalty between two very different species.
The thing about books is that each reader has the option to receive it the way they want to. In this case, I choose to take away a valuable lesson that both these novels portray - that dogs are more humane than humans at times and their loyalty can never be questioned. Also, in times of war and violence, there’s still some hope for humanity.
It is really up to you too to decide how you want to take these novels. You too can learn an important lesson out of it if you want. On the other hand you can also choose to treat this as a light heartwarming story of a dog. Either way, I guarantee you, that you are going to enjoy it! So go grab yourself a copy