Janet Elder's memoir, "Huck," is a delightful story of love and courage. Elder's son, Michael, lobbies heavily to have a dog for a pet for several years until his parents relent. They make the decision to get a dog in the wake of Elder's breast cancer diagnosis, reasoning that if she does not survive then her son will have someone around to comfort him.Elder, of course, survives. However, in the meanwhile she and her family have fallen madly in love with Huck, the red toy poodle they purchase for Michael. When Huck escapes from Aunt Barbara's New Jersey back yard while Elder's family is on vacation, Michael is devastated. The family cuts their vacation short to go back and look for the puppy. Michael never gives up hope, and the entire little New Jersey town seems to be involved in finding the puppy.The main message of the book is about compassion and love, of course, as total strangers gather to assist in finding a little boy's beloved puppy. There is much we can all learn from this true-life story.