Hooper Finds A Family
A Hurricane Katrina Dog's Survival TaleBook - 2011
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A second story about a little dog who found a new home is Jane Paley’s Hooper Finds a Family.
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Louisiana, Hooper, a little yellow Labrador, was left homeless. Swept from his home by the water that was quickly flooding his neighbourhood, the young dog was finally able to latch on to a roof, and was later rescued by a man with a boat. He was taken to a pet shelter that was overflowing with countless “Katrina pets”.
There, Hooper learned to cope with the crowded conditions and the occasional bullying from bigger dogs, but he longed for his owners to come and get him. Over time, he accepted that this was unlikely to happen, and he began to wish that a new family would take him home.
One day, it happened …Hooper was chosen by a new family.
But happy as he was to be adopted, there were still challenges to be met. His new family lived in New York, and Hooper had to adjust to living in a large city instead of in the country. His new family was still mourning a former pet, and it took time for the little Lab to be fully accepted. It didn’t help that Hooper had lost his bark and acquired a great fear of water due to the trauma of nearly drowning in the floods of Hurricane Katrina.
Eventually the feisty little dog became a beloved member of his new family.
Jane Paley’s touching story is based on an actual event. Hundreds of pets were left homeless by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.
Fortunately, Hooper’s story, at least, ended happily.
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