Ferocious Dog of Old


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We promised we’d grow up together.

Tao Huainan was a blind man. Chi Cheng was a fierce dog he picked up.

Ten years of growing.

After ten years with Chi Cheng, Tao Huainan grew from a blind little boy to a blind adult.

When they were young and innocent, they held hands and said, “I will always be with you. I’ll never let you be as sad as I am now.”

But these became broken promises of youth in the end.

One night many years later, at three in the morning, Tao Huainan couldn’t sleep.

His messaging app was open on his phone. He recorded many voice messages, then deleted them one by one, doing this the whole night.

This was a game he often played when he couldn’t sleep. But tonight he made a mistake.

His hand slipped. Instead of deleting, his fingertip pressed the Send button. Immediately, the notification rang, telling him that it had been delivered successfully. The empty messaging app contained only the single message that Tao Huainan had just sent: Little puppy.

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  3. guke/orthopedics (inc*st) BL
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03/04/22 Jupiter Translations c45
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Ppkk85 rated it
July 21, 2022
Status: Completed
I just finished the novel and I'm so emotional right now! This novel brought so much laughters and tears. It's absolutely perfect! Just the right amount of love, pain, and growth. At first I was hesitated to read the novel because of the name, but WOW this novel has become my number ONE favorite of all time! This novel feels like a blend of SAYE and Paper Plane (also two amazing novel). I read this book in two days! I had to read the rest in MTL and it still... more>> made me cry and hurt so much!

MC as a child was lonely, naive, spoil, but very scared of new people and environment because he's blind. ML heavily beaten by his alcoholic father, which cause him to be insensitive, reserved, and mature for his age. Those two were force to grow up together when MC's brother decided take ML away, so that MC will have a companion growing up. MC's older brother though not prefect parental figure he was only a young man 26 year old, having to raise two 8 year old kids. He works hard and long hours, leaving the two alone a lot.

ML played so many roles for MC, a playmate, brother, friend, parent, teacher, to lover. He helped raise MC even though he's also a child himself. I can see how they eventually went from growing up as brothers to lovers. They live in their little world with little interactions with other people. Especially MC, his world is basically his older brother and ML.

What I love about this novel is you get to watch MC and ML grow up from age 8 to 26. At each stage in their life you get to experience their obstacles and how they over come it together, from little bickering to bigger problems. It's beautiful! A MUST read!!!!! I just can't move on from this book. So I'm going rereading it again. <<less
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Autumns Spring rated it
March 3, 2022
Status: Completed
I'm actually really surprised that this novel doesn't have more reviews on it because it's so flipping good! It's honestly become one of my top favorite novels and I'm really thankful for the translation team that picked it up and translated it! They are unfortunately on hiatus but as another reviewer has pointed out but I hope one day they will be able to continue on with it!

So, the novel begins with the MC, Tao Huainan who is a blind little boy (I think he's about 8 years old) and... more>> his brother Tao Xiaodong who have just lost their parents. Tao Xiaodong is like 25 years old at this time so he takes on the task of taking care of his little brother and through some events they pick up the ML, Chi Ku to go with them to their new home. So for me, the summary is what really drew me into reading this novel because I like angsty novels but I'm gonna make this clear from the get go, the majority of this novel is mainly focused on Tao Huainan and Chi Ku growing up together and their interactions. And honestly, I could literally read about the two of them growing up together even if there was no romance element in it because the author just wrote their characters so well in my opinion. The interactions between all three brothers is on another level of wholesome <3. I'm also kind of a sucker for siblings taking care of one another and having each other's back so this is definitely hitting my bias. Some people, myself included, might find it weird for people who grew up together as siblings getting together but I'm just gonna say that you just have to read the novel. The author just foils everything in such a way that you feel that Tao Huainan and Chi Ku belong together. They honestly compliment each other so well. Side note, Tao Xiaodong is really a genuine and caring older brother. Even though Chi Ku is not related to him by blood he has always considered him as one of his own and always wants the best for Chi Ku. They had this really deep conversation near the end of the novel that was so sweet and lovely and I just love how the author wrote that. There was a moment where I felt the novel was a little draggy but honestly the characters really make up for it.

Now, lets talk about the separation between the two characters. I'm not gonna say what it was about or how it pans out but it was actually really sad and painful to read. I'm just gonna say that they didn't separate over something s*upid like some dumb misunderstanding. I had guessed what it was about and later when it was revealed it low key broke my heart a bit because I didn't think that my guess was correct ooof. Slight spoiler next (not really but read at your own discretion)


So, I definitely think that their separation was a good thing because they both needed to grow separately as people. They had been together for so long so as much as I didn't want them to leave each other I definitely think it was necessary. Even Tao Xiaodong was saying to both of them that he was glad they both were able to grow separately for awhile since again they were kind of bound together all the time. Also, their reunion doesn't really pan out like the summary says. The event in the summary still happens but it pans out differently and you'll just have to read the novel to get what I'm saying.


Anyway, that's my review of this novel! I'm really excited to read Wildfire next because it's about the older brother Tao Xiaodong and his relationship! I really do highly recommend this novel and hope it gets continued by the translation team! Also, thank you translators for your hard work! <<less
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mavish rated it
May 9, 2022
Status: Completed
What can I say! Just that I have never read such fulfilling book in a long time maybe since Saye yes exactly it is thaaat good. I can't believe I even bothered to write a review but once you give it a read you’ll understand my feelings which my sloppy words can't explain. So please feel free to add it to your reading lists lest you miss this gem. Believe me you’ll never be disappointed.
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luathas rated it
February 8, 2022
Status: Completed
This is a good book and luckily it was picked up by an amazing translators' team.

Readers who generally enjoy Drama would love it :D It takes you on a ride from their initial weariness to friendship, dependence, early mutual fondness haha, separation and all that jazz

Sadly the translation is on a hiatus right now. Excited to read the 'time-skip' part of the book. Individual characters growth. Especially the MC, who is still very much dependant on the ML.
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peppergum rated it
December 27, 2022
Status: c102
Scarily underrated, addictive as hell to read, FDOO is arguably this author's most emotionally complex work.

THN & CC's vivid relationship is carefully explored through the span of ten years, portraying their highs and lows, the hurt and care they've given the other. Then after the time skip, we're greeted with a melancholic period of yearning and reflection as the main cp struggle to accept each other again. Their journey is complicated by THN's heart-aching struggle with his disability and mental health, and CC's obstinate nature fueled by childhood trauma.

Absolutely perfect... more>> read for those who want a well-written childhood friends to lovers (then to strangers, then back to lovers) story. As angsty as it is, the sweetness and intimacy of their romance is worth it. <<less
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YuzzuUzzzu rated it
June 16, 2023
Status: --
I must say that the story telling is good. But some of the decisions the MC and ML takes makes me dropped this danmei. It just triggered my pet peeves.


Example, the ML purposely ruin his exam to go to less good school to be with MC. And MC refusing to go to blind school and being spoiled just rubs me in the wrong way


I think I like a proper character growth, so if you like ignore-everything-and-selfish MC, then read this. If not, just drop it.
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taciturnine rated it
May 23, 2023
Status: Completed
This book exceeded my expectations by far. It's definitely my favorite book by Bu Wen San Jiu, it's one of her more emotionally complex and layered stories and so utterly humane it wretched my heart.

It's not just realistic, it's endearing and touching and yet it twists like a knife and the worst part about it all is that everything that happens is something that should happen. Half the time I could barely parse out my own feelings towards these characters, should I hate them? Should I be sorry? Should I... more>> wish them the best? And that's the best part, I could sit there and read a story that forced me to think and forced me to feel, forced me to etch these characters in my mind.

Following their story, from their childhood to adolescence, and finally to adulthood was such a ride. Normally childhood friends to lovers never works out, at least for me, because it's one of the most boring and pointless tropes out there. There's always something off about the relationship that develops from the trope, it's far too unnatural, and it's gross and boring- bland and basic and lacking. But this one builds a relationship that is so much more than just friends, the way they bond and interact with not just each other but with family and friends. Their relationship is bigger than just themselves, and also nothing but themselves.

So maybe you aren't a huge fan of angst, and drama isn't your cup of tea, but I think everyone deserves at least once in their lives to read this book. The experience alone is enough, if you read this and it's the last book you ever touch, then consider yourself set for life.


The scene where Chi Cheng takes Tao Huainan's hand and cuts apart his chest still shocks me to this day. That was easily the most impactful scene I've read in a modern day book, too good.

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moroposquare rated it
May 25, 2023
Status: Completed
Ahhhh there's so much to unpack. As usual you can trust BWSJ for slice of life!!! Firstly, I'd like to say that I'm a bit concerned about the dynamics when I started to read Wildfire but after reading FDOO it really does a great job in unraveling a lot of concerns & questions left in Wildfire.

... more>>

Tao Xiaodong, Tao Xiaodong I love you so much. You've done so much good in this world I hope only good things will happen to you from now on.

One of my biggest quips while reading Wildfire was how Xiaodong would leave his two younger brothers in high school at home while he stayed almost full time with Dr Tang. Well, in FDOO, we got to know that he really only worked himself for money to bring up his brothers and to support his charity work (and also answered what we read in Tattoo, call him sellout as you may!) and had been doing so for so, so long way back when the brothers were still in junior high.

Another quip I had in Wildfire was the assumption on how Xiaodong viewed Chi Cheng. Like did he view Chi Cheng as a convenient caretaker? It did look like that from the few scenes Chi Cheng were in - it wasn't fully explored in Wildfire. But now we know with so much convictions that Xiaodong loved Chi Cheng dearly too. He's really his brother too.

And I love how he admitted later on that, that wasn't the way kids should be brought up. He shouldn't have done that and let them grow on their own and it was just he was also so very young when he had to raise them so he only know how to make money to sustain them. Also breaks my heart that once Xiaodong got over his eye disease scare, he and Dr Tang had to face Chi Cheng leaving and Xiaonan being suicidal and depressed. When it rains, it really pours.

The fact that Chi Cheng keep on sending money to Xiaodong to signal that he will do well enough in life that he can continue Xiaodong's charity works is so them. I have no words. I love all of them so much.


Anyway I can keep going on and on but I feel that FDOO really completes the circle of what happened in Wildfire. <<less
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glitteryjoon rated it
May 22, 2023
Status: c1
Ahhh, this was very emotional. I’m still reeling from all my emotions so I’ll just say I really enjoyed it. I love novels that show different disabilities genuinely and not just as a ruse, but to also spread awareness. It makes me feel seen even if my particular situation is different.

this was so well done and so beautiful. I read both brothers stories and I genuinely love them so much. I really wish them happiness. I feel so empty now that it’s over, I tried to slow down my reading... more>> once I got to chapter 120, but the end still came.

I think I’m rambling, this novel just put me in a mood so it’s hard to keep my thoughts focused. <<less
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twobada rated it
January 3, 2023
Status: --
Well it's definitely much more complete than Wildfire, but it still leaves more to be desired.

Very beautiful story though. The angst, the fluff, the hatred and fears... the writing takes you inside the characters minds.

I don't know if there are extras but considering that the previous works didn't have them, there probably aren't for this either.
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Christina Gordon
Christina Gordon rated it
November 17, 2023
Status: Completed
This novel is really underrated. Compared wit Tattoo and Wildfire, I would rate this top. The story though slow has a lot of emotional depth and I believe this novel would be very successful as a drama especially if the crux of the breakup is well acted out. I had to MTL the rest of the chapters so the reading pleasure is slightly marred and still, this novel is recommendable.
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Vansiee rated it
July 11, 2023
Status: Completed
I rate this 3.7 would be way higher if.... The last arc and last 40% of this novel is just too painful. This novel has both

-the most adorable innocent baby MC I have and will ever read probably.

And also

-made him suffer the most suffering he could ever. Like.... The beginning is just so good, but the dragged out suffering is not worth it to me since the ending is so unsatisfying and empty. Yes I regret reading this. If u like pain inflicted on the sweetest child ever then read... more>> this <<less
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goobsjie rated it
March 21, 2024
Status: c1
Not a romantic story but still an emotionally-charged one. A slowburn. Two children starting out with handicaps in life forge a bond and codependency so intense, it nearly breaks them. Romance only happens to be a byproduct of their relationship. Reading Wildfire first is highly recommended, as getting to see TXD and TSY in their later years here is so gratifying and easily some of my favorite interactions.
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January 11, 2023
Status: Completed
Wow! I love this author and I can't wait to read more from them.

Stories beginning with childhood are my guilty pleasure, there's just something so sweet about them. Some tsunderes can be annoying but I just couldn't dislike CC he was always so sincere, in his own cold way of course!

And oh my, the reason for the separation, ugh! That cut deep-literally! Anyways all's well that ends well, so glad it's a HE.

Now onto this Tattoo universe what can I say, if I were to rank them
I would go with Ferocious, Wildfire and lastly Tattoo-only because I cant remember much about the plot for Tattoo but I clearly remember liking it so doesn't even matter!

Lastly, if anyone wants to know the order in which to read these I would say to avoid as much spoilers as possible especially regarding Wildfire's plot then start with Wildfire first, then Ferocious (I have a feeling they were written in that order too) and as for Tatoo I wish someone could tell me what characters from these 2 stories appear there if at all, just curious cuz I read Tattoo long before these other 2!

Go on and give these a try, don't be shy, but be sure to have ur tissues with u, damn!
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