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Fran Rathmann Tells a Relatable Tale of Staying Alive Through the Perspective of a Ghetto Dog in Her Book

Readers will get to relate and appreciate the predicaments and challenges people and animals go through just to stay alive.

San Antonio, Texas, USA – WEBWIRE

Survival is the universal struggle that everyone can relate to.

Frances Rathmann gives reality a true-to-life canine twist in her book “The Ghetto Dog: A True Story.” The story follows the many adventures of a puppy born at an alley in the ghetto. The adventures that the puppy finds itself in are both bad and good. Nevertheless, the puppy struggles to stay alive and survive.

Rathmann’s book reflects her deep knowledge of sociology and her propensity to use animals as central characters. Her characters never in one bit lower the impact of message she wants to send across to readers. In fact, her use of animal characters in her stories gains even more effectiveness and potency in delivering the lessons and messages she wants to deliver. In this book, readers will come to relate to the puppy’s struggle to survive and the dilemma it faces in choosing the decision that could decide its fate.

“The Ghetto Dog: A True Story” is more than just a true story of a dog’s struggle for survival. Readers can find parallels in the dog’s story and its adventures and misadventures with the events in real life. Survival and self-preservation are natural instincts that ensure an organism’s existence, whether it be a dog or a human. In the story, the puppy is faced with the dilemma of staying in the ghetto or moving away from it in order to survive. The fight or flight instinct is innate in animals, including humans, and is guided by one of greatest principles: survival. Also, readers can relate to how the puppy takes risks and chances for opportunities that might not be there. Humans too are known to take risks and gambles in the quest to find the perfect opportunity for self-improvement and survival.

“The Ghetto Dog: A True Story” is a book highly recommended for readers both young and old. There is something valuable readers of all ages can pick up from one remarkable puppy’s life story. The upcoming 2018 Frankfurt International Book Fair on October 10-14, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany is an event that will present the perfect opportunity to find this valuable book.

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The Ghetto Dog: A True Story
Written by Frances Rathmann
Published by Bandera Press
Published date: October 24, 2012
Paperback price: $10.99
About the Author
Fran Rathmann is a lifelong resident of San Antonio, Texas. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master’s of science in sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She plans to complete her education with a PhD in the sociology of literature. Her thesis titled German Americans: Immigration, Relations and Assimilation was published by ProQuest. She has published a sociological work titled “The Ghetto Dog,” and several children’s stories. Fran has been published in the San Antonio Express Newspaper poetry column and placed in a Reader’s Digest competition. She has several writings published in the Oasis Journals. She plans to publish her two western/frontier manuscripts and a book of mourning poetry and is presently working on a fantasy/adventure romance. She enjoys her flower garden and caring for feral cats.

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 The Ghetto Dog:
 A True Story
 Frances Rathmann

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