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From Life with Dogs (over 700,000 followers on Facebook).  

Tricia and Josh O’Malley never thought their beloved Boston terrier named Briggs, would be snatched off their back deck in May 2012. Neither did they think a book would be written about the traumatic event. Yet both things happened.

Tricia O’Malley is the author of “The Stolen Dog,” a true story about her pet’s chronicles – from his abduction to his safe return.

The O’Malleys, who live in Milwaukee, made it their mission to do whatever it took to get their dog back home.

The book is well written, funny, entertaining, and filled with compelling narrative that will keep you glued to its pages until the end.

In order to find Briggs, Tricia posted flyers in Spanish and English, she set up a Facebook page, had friends tweeting, received TV and radio coverage, and even went as far as involving a psychic and pet communicators.

Throughout the heart-wrenching search, Tricia made new life-long friends. She also rescued another Boston terrier in need of a loving home. The O’Malleys kept the dog and named him Blue.

The search for Briggs allowed the O’Malleys to learn how compassionate many strangers would be, as well as how cruel many others would act causing them pain.

Tricia received daily death threats, false sightings, and false eye-witness accounts on how Briggs’s young life allegedly came to an end.

“I killed your [explicit] dog!” was one of the many false threats Tricia received and wrote about in her book.

Writing the book allowed the author to put together an extensive list of things pet owners should do when searching for their own lost pets. As a marketing specialist, Tricia came up with innovative ways to keep her search efforts alive in the public’s minds and hearts. Tricia’s industry knowledge also helped her keep calm when dealing with opportunists who called asking for a monetary reward.

“…From now on I’ll pay more attention to people who ask for help,” Tricia wrote in the book. “Why? Because I know what it’s like to feel helpless.”

This happy ending tale can be purchased on ITunes, Nook, Amazon, and Kobo. A portion of proceeds goes to animal rescues. You can learn more about the book, the O’Malleys and their dogs, Briggs and Blue, at www.thestolendog.com.


From No Dog About It blog:  

Shortly after Cupcake returned home from her 12 day hiatus a friend suggested that maybe I should write a book about our experience. I took it as a very kind suggestion, but shrugged it off. I didn’t think I could ever encompass our experience in mere words. To some degree, I still don’t. It truly was one of the most emotionally charged, inspiring, scary, disturbing and frustrating experience of my life. You just can’t know what a dog owner goes through when they lose their dog unless you have been through it yourself.

That’s why I was surprised when Tricia O’Malley contacted me to offer me the chance to read and review her book The Stolen Dog. Why? Because it was a true story. HER true story about how her Boston Terrier, Briggs, was stolen and how she got him back.

How was she able to write about something that must have been so difficult to go through?

I sat down to read it on Sunday afternoon and didn’t put it down until I was finished. It reads like a suspense novel. When Briggs first goes missing, Tricia and her husband are at a loss of what to do. They run through the streets calling Brigg’s name – thinking maybe he just got out of their yard somehow. But when a neighbor informs them that a man took their dog right off their deck, they are forced to face the new reality – their dog was stolen and he could be anywhere AND he could be in serious danger.

Tricia and her husband comb their city, Milwaukee, looking for Briggs. At every turn in their story, you wonder if the next person is the dognapper or if they will be harmed as they navigate through some of the darkest and most dangerous neighborhoods of Milwaukee. It’s intense and scary. It also captures every emotion, every experience, every frustration and every bit of hope I felt when Cupcake was missing.

I laughed. I cried. I expressed outrage on her behalf. But mostly, I nodded my head as she shared stories about all of the kind people who entered her life to help her find Briggs. Complete strangers. People just motivated to help because they too, loved dogs. Sometimes from the most unexpected corners too.

I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out if Briggs was found. I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that it was well worth waiting for.

If you are looking for a good summer read while on the beach this summer, I highly recommend Tricia’s book. Trust me. You won’t be able to put it down either. Plus, she shares a lot of great info along the way on how they got Briggs back. There’s also a little surprise that happens along the way. Let’s just say that if he had a long tail he would be wagging it wildly.

I’m going to be reading it again. Slowly. It is worthy of a second go-around.

I’ll leave you with Tricia’s own words from the last page of her book…

“What I do know is that from now on, I’ll pay more attention to people who ask for help. Why? Because I know what it’s like to feel helpless. Because ultimately, that is what saved Briggs, a community of people who decided to care about a small dog, stolen from a porch, on a sunny day in May.”

I can completely relate.


From Advice from a Caterpillar blog:  

Briggs, a 2-year old Boston terrier was the light of Tricia and Josh O’Malley’s lives. The day he was stolen from their deck in broad daylight in a Milwaukee neighborhood, their world was turned upside down. Tricia wasted little time shifting into high gear. She made use of her savvy marketing and social networking skills. She enlisted the help of friends to distribute thousands of flyers through Milwaukee neighborhoods. She broadcast Briggs’ plight on Facebook. As the word spread, radio and TV stations contacted her. From then on the stolen dog story went viral.

Throughout the author’s 17-day ordeal, she seemed to be led on a sort of spiritual journey, in which she witnessed human energy and psychic energy cross paths in some fascinating and unusual ways. Though she endured thoughtless deeds from all directions, a random act of kindness always appeared around the next corner. She surrounded herself by people who believed in her cause and she never gave up hope even when faced with a detour.

On a discouraging day that began with a park ranger chewing her out for posting flyers along the lakefront, Tricia was contacted by a man who said he found a Boston terrier that might or might not be her dog. She didn’t find Briggs that time. But she did find a frightened young Boston terrier in dire need of rescue – and an emotional dilemma. Would helping the rescue pup take away from her search for Briggs?

Even though Briggs is absent from the scene, O’Malley affectionately peppers the narrative with enough memories of his quirks and habits to get readers rooting for him. But the little rescue pup totally steals the show. The Stolen Dog is an inspiring true story of one woman’s spunky determination to step through invisible, inner-city cultural barriers to bring back her beloved Briggs.


From the Training Toby blog:  

Imagine leaving your beloved dog in your back yard or deck to run inside for a quick minute, then returning to find him gone. As you begin searching frantically, a neighbor delivers the devastating news that she saw someone abduct your dog.

This nightmare scenario happened to Tricia O'Malley and her husband, Josh. Their Boston Terrier, Briggs, was stolen in broad daylight. The Stolen Dog is the true story of the O'Malley's ordeal.

The Stolen Dog is an absorbing, suspenseful read. During the search, Tricia takes us into the urban underbelly of her home city, Milwaukee. She shares the raw emotions of terror and loss while maintaining her resolve to find her dog, no matter the cost. I simply could not stop thinking about The Stolen Dog when I finished reading.

Tricia and Josh had to make themselves vulnerable if they were ever to locate Briggs. They had to publicize their phone number and address, leading to some of the most disturbing aspects of the entire book. Malicious, brutal people contacted them. The depths to which thugs sunk to exploit their predicament will probably shock all of us lucky enough to never have had a similar experience.

However - in the midst of their closeup of the worst of human nature, 'angels' and friends stepped forth to offer help and encouragement to Tricia and Josh. Ultimately The Stolen Dog becomes a tale of the best of a community coming together for good. There is redemption in the rescue of another abused dog, Blue. Thanks to Tricia's superb writing we are carried along on the journey to restored faith in people. Briggs comes home unexpectedly and almost miraculously.

I highly recommend this remarkable, uplifting true story. 

Visit Tricia O'Malley's website, thestolendog.com.


Some Amazon.com reviews:

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful      

        5.0 out of 5 stars         What an Inspiring Story!, June 15, 2013      

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Paperback)      

This book was captivating from the moment I started reading it!  As one of the many following Briggs facebook page one year ago hoping against hope that Briggs would be reunited with his family, it helped to know that there was a happy ending.  Tricia's writing is enveloping and her emotions throughout this journey are palpable in the pages.  Highly recommend for those who DO need their faith in humanity restored!  The dog-loving community surely are a great bunch of people.  Bravo!

        5.0 out of 5 stars         A Roller Coaster Ride I Won't Soon Forget, June 14, 2013      

By Kimberly D. Gauthier "Kimberly Gauthier, The ... (Marysville, WA)   

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Paperback)      

When I first learned about The Stolen Dog, I was ready to write it off. I don't read books like this.  Too sad.  But I'm glad that I changed my mind, because I devoured this book in a few days, reading pages whenever I had an opportunity.  There were chapters that took me from tears, to rage, to hope.  I felt like I was experiencing everything with the couple - I understood every emotion, ever reaction, and every page.

This is a book that every dog lover can relate to, will appreciate, and in a strange way, enjoy.  Reading this book reminded me what a special community we dog lovers belong to and I'm thankful to the author for that reminder.

~ Kimberly, Keep the Tail Wagging

        5.0 out of 5 stars         LOVED THIS BOOK!, June 13, 2013      

By doglover

This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Paperback)      

What else can I say?  I loved this book for the emotional roller coaster it took me on and how easily I was able to find myself in Trisha's head and heart.  Her style of writing really allows the reader to grasp every emotion she felt on her search for Brigg's.  I was so engrossed in it that when I was reading it on my ipad on the plane, the stewardess had to ask me twice to put my electronic device away!

        5.0 out of 5 stars         Yay for Briggs!!!, June 10, 2013      

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

I came across this book as I learned of Briggs through Facebook.  I felt an instant connection, as my dog is named Briggs as well.  I could have finished the entire thing in one sitting, but life kept getting in the way!  A true page turner from beginning to end, I couldn't wait to learn of all the details of Briggs and his return.  The author has a way of really bringing you into her life, perhaps with her incredible use of words and detailed descriptions throughout.  Not only am I glad that Briggs was returned safe and sound, it gives me hope that there are good people left in this world!  A MUST READ!

        5.0 out of 5 stars         super read, June 9, 2013      

Kelly McCann

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

I loved this book and read it in one day. As a dog lover, I could actually imagine just what Tricia  was feeling. Once you start reading, you can't stop!      

        5.0 out of 5 stars         True Heartwrenching Story, June 7, 2013      

By Oz's mama

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

Being a new Boston Terrier owner, I found a post about the upcoming book and added my name to the list. When I downloaded the book I never expected to have such an emotional, heart-wrenching reaction. I could not put the book down from start to finish. I felt as if I was living the all the events. Tricia's writing is so engaging. She is a true hero with her relentless pursuit to find Briggs. I highly recommend this book to any dog lover and to readers in general!      

        5.0 out of 5 stars         The Stolen Dog, June 7, 2013      

By jujubean59

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

This book grabbed my attention because I own a Boston. I read the entire book in one day, couldn't put it down, once I started. I felt all the pain and anger and fustrations that Josh and Tricia went through and it will make me keep a closer eye on my dog when she is out and about. I recommend this book to anyone who is a dog lover.      

5.0 out of 5 starsA must read!!

By sam

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

Compelling from the first page, this book is artfully constructed and beautifully written.  Tricia's incredible love for her dog and the lengths that she was willing to go to to fight for him makes for a story you won't forget.  Be warned- once you start reading you won't be able to put it down!
         

        5.0 out of 5 stars         An emotional page-turner, May 21, 2013      

By yogajoy

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      


        5.0 out of 5 stars         The Power of Perseverance, May 20, 2013      

By Black Dog

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

I couldn't put this book down!  Tricia and Josh's story will captivate you from Day 1. An inspiring true story for all people not just animal lovers.  You will see a community come together and the power of perseverance.      

        5.0 out of 5 stars         An emotional journey, May 20, 2013      

By Rick

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

A masterfully woven story that evokes powerful, honest emotion. The Stolen Dog is the epitome of a page-turner, and its reality left me both terrified and reassured.      

        5.0 out of 5 stars         You won't be able to put this book down!, May 20, 2013      

By Sweet D

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

"The Stolen Dog" is absolutely heartbreaking, heartwarming, and hilarious. There are moments when you are crying along with Tricia, laughing at her devastating honesty, and hoping for the happiest of endings along with the whole city of Milwaukee. A definite must-read for pet owners and animal lovers.

        5.0 out of 5 stars         Must read for any pet lover!, May 20, 2013      

By Anonymous to a Point

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

I couldn't put this book down! From the moment Briggs was stolen I was cheering and rooting to bring Briggs home. The emotion of the journey to find Briggs is raw and the tenacity and determination by Tricia and the community is truly inspiring. The Stolen Dog is an amazing story!      

5.0 out of 5 starsCouldn't stop reading!

By anonymously_anonymous

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering what happens next. The author takes you on a journey of emotion...be prepared to cry, laugh, get angry, feel hopeful, and ultimately experience each day as it unfolds. A heartwarming story that shows the incredible lengths dog owners will go to bring home their pet, and how a community came together to help.      

       

        5.0 out of 5 stars         A Powerful Story!, May 20, 2013      

By AMK

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

A riveting and emotional story, these amazing dog lovers have given me hope! This book tells the true story of Briggs' fearless owners, who left no stone unturned in their unrelenting effort to find him after he was stolen from their back porch. Dog lover or not, I highly recommend reading this heart-wrenching, uplifting, and beautifully written story.      

        5.0 out of 5 stars         Riveting!!, May 20, 2013      

By Gustosmama

        This review is from: The Stolen Dog (Kindle Edition)      

I dare you to not be affected by this amazing true story.  As a fellow dog-lover, I found myself cheering and rooting for Tricia and Josh, but most of all, for Briggs.  I'll be hugging my pup tighter after reading their story of how everything can change in an instant.

, May 27, 2013       Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop.  A real-life mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat to find out how it all turns out. This is a truly heart-wrenching yet inspirational story that will have you in tears one moment and laughing the next.  It is a very well-written, honest and detailed story that transports you into the author's world while showcasing the good, the bad and the ugly of humanity.  A must-read, and not just for animal lovers!, May 20, 2013      

The Stolen Dog will captivate you as Tricia takes you on her harrowing journey, leaving no stone unturned, as she searches for her beloved dog.   The story will leave you with goose bumps on your body and tears on your cheeks.