Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
A touching story of a homeless dog finding a family told through humorous letters. Arfy is determined to find a forever home. He currently lives in a cardboard box in an alley off Butternut Street. In an effort to find a home, Arfy writes letters to the inhabitants of Butternut Street, asking if he could be their dog and listing his attributes. The first letter he writes is to the family of the nicest house on the street. They have children and a cat. Arfy says he is potty trained and willing to work with the cat, but the family replies that he cannot be their dog because their cat is allergic to dogs. Arfy then tries the butcher, who gives him short shrift, the fire department, who inform him that their position of fire dog is already filled, the junkyard man in desperation, who tells Arfy to get lost, and finally, the resident of the dilapidated house at the end of the street, but his letter is returned undeliverable. Poor Arfy is lonely and cold and sad, when a letter arrives for him! It is the mail carrier who has been delivering all these letters back and forth, asking Arfy if she can be his person. Arfy says yes and the two joyfully hug. This is such a sweet story and funny too. It has colorful, bold illustrations and the final page includes a list of things you can do to help a homeless animal, which include adopting a shelter animal, volunteering at a shelter, spaying or neutering your pets, and donating to a local rescue group. A great book for dog lovers and to promote adopting pets rather than buying from a pet store or breeder.