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Oliver: The True Story of a Stolen Dog and the Humans He Brought Together Review


Paperback, 240 pages

Published January 26th 2021 by Thomas Nelson

by Steven J. Carino; Alex Tresniowski


My Review


You can't help but getting pulled into Steven's recollection of his missing dog, Oliver.

I mean just look at the cover, you have to admit Oliver is adorable. A twelve pound Yorkie Shih Tzu , black and brown fur,big eyes,timid yet wanting to please anyone

would be pleased to call Oliver their own.


Steven is unmarried,working as a long time driver and his best friend is Oliver. Oliver's best friend is also Steven they just have that close connection.


After going to purchase food at a Chinese takeout restaurant after a hard days work and being gone for ten minutes in the restaurant he returns to find his beloved Oliver GONE!

What follows is Steven's story in his own words,the sleepless nights,the devastation,the crying because it wasn't just a missing dog, it was his whole life that dog.


His dog was featured on the evening news,plenty of fliers were put up and so,so many people were involved in looking for his missing dog from the many facebook page shares ,phone calls,going door to door and so many people offering their support and

sharing their personal stories with him.


The book brought me to tears, so emotional. Very highly recommended!!!


Pub Date 26 Jan 2021

I was given a complimentary copy. Thank you.

All opinions expressed are my own.



GoodReads Summary


On Valentine’s Day 2019, someone stole Steven Carino’s dog, Oliver, from his car. Having lost his mother at thirteen and grown up with an alcoholic father, he could always count on his dogs for comfort and company. But now, with his beloved Oliver missing, Steven felt utterly alone.


Then, the miracle. In a series of near-impossible coincidences, people from different walks of life crossed paths with Oliver and with Steven. Hardworking immigrants, wealthy suburbanites, car mechanics, deli workers, old friends, close relatives, street cops, gang members, a TV news reporter, social media followers around the world, and one very gifted hairdresser all played a part in Steven’s desperate journey to find Oliver. In the middle of it all, Steven realized that no one is ever truly alone--and that the power of community can be life-changing.


Oliver is not just a book about a stolen dog. At its core, it’s a story about kindness, friendship, and the power of faith. As Steven says, “This is more than just a dog story. This is an everybody story. This is a love story.”


About The Author



Steven Carino was born in Huntington, New York. The youngest of five children, he graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in American History. He worked as a DJ in New York City before launching careers in advertising and real estate and starting his own employment agency. Today, Steven has his own driving business and lives in a cottage in Bedford, New York, with his best friend, Oliver, and an array of sheep, goats, chickens, a horse, a rooster, and a mini-cow named Anna Belle. Oliver is Steven's first book.


Wonderful book. I hope you get a chance to read it.

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