The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is dedicated to reuniting, rehoming and rehabilitating the animals that come to them — and Lost but Found is the story of some of those animals.

This little book is filled with stories and glorious pictures of forty dogs — and I dare you not to adore every single one of them. The entries are about what brought these dogs to the home, and yes, those parts are hard to read…

…but their stories don’t end there — the book dives into how the Home cared for them, how their new owners found them and what their lives are like now.

And I bawled through every single one!

The very first story is of Chance, an older staffy-cross who was adopted by former Swans player, Adam Goodes and his wife Natalie. He and his wife knew they always wanted an older dog, and Chance was it. This is just the first heartwarming story, and every one after will melt your heart.

But that’s not all –– the book is that it gives little interviews with the dogs too! It’s a wonderful supplement to the stories from the owners telling the story of how much these dogs mean to them.

Finally, the pictures — taken by Peter Sharp of Tame and Wild Studio — are just beautiful. They show the dogs before they were adopted and then after, when they are in their homes and loved and taken care of. What struck me looking at these images is that you can tell in every one what these dogs are feeling: sadness, happiness, curiousity or adoration for their owners who are watching them.

This book is perfect — for anyone who loves animals and dogs — and is the best addition to any Christmas stocking.

All royalties from the book go towards the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home — which is currently fundraising for their new digs because they’ve outgrown their current one.

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