Although Mark Levin is known as a
constitutional lawyer and a nationally
syndicated broadcaster, he is, first and
foremost, a dog lover. In 1998, he and
his family welcomed a half-Border
Collie/half-Cocker Spaniel they named
Pepsi into their lives. Six years later, his
wife and son persuaded him to adopt a
dog from the local shelter, a Spaniel mix.
It turned out he was older than originally
thought, and he was the most beautiful
dog they'd ever seen. They named him
Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's
Story of Joy and Anguish
Sprite and Pepsi became fast friends.
They did everything together, from
rummaging through the trash to loudly
greeting the deliveryman. And the Levin
family fell in love with him -- with his
gentle nature, beautiful face and soft,
huggable fur. But on Halloween night,
shortly after joining their family, Sprite
suddenly collapsed and was rushed to
the animal hospital. It was the first of
many such visits, and the start of a long
journey for the Levin family, filled with
much joy and anguish.
During the next two years, Sprite and
Pepsi were inseparable. And Sprite's
bond with the Levin family deepened.
Friends, neighbors, and even Mark's radio
audience came to know and love Sprite.
As Mark's daughter turned eighteen and
graduated from high school and Mark's
son turned fifteen, Sprite's health
deteriorated -- even as his spirits
remained high and his beauty and grace
continued to inspire. Comfort came from
family, fans, and friends, and between
Thanksgiving and Christmas 2006, the
Levin family said their emotional final
goodbye. Crushed and consumed with
grief, Mark turned to family, friends, and
fans for help.
But new hope came when the Levins
least expected it.
Rescuing Sprite is a stunningly intimate
look at the love between a family and a
dog, one that movingly shows, in Mark
Levin's words, that "in the end, we
humans are the lucky ones."
The author will donate a portion of his
proceeds from the sale of this book to
|Copyright 2016 © Barry M. Baker