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Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogsby Sharon Sakson
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and#8220;Reading The Possibility Dogs is like taking an amazing literary journey with a dear friend by your side. The characters you meet will enchant you, but the storyteller will capture your heart. If you love dogs, this is a canand#8217;t-miss book written by a kindred spirit.and#8221; and#8212;Jennifer Arnold, author of Through a Dogand#8217;s Eyes and In a Dogand#8217;s Heart
After a grisly search-and-rescue operation led to troubling consequences for author Susannah Charleson, she found that her relationship with Puzzle, her search dog, made a surprising contribution to her own healing. Inspired by that experience, Charleson learned to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, plucking them from shelters and training them to work with disabled human partners, to whom the dogs bring assistance, comfort, and hope.
Similar to her best-selling first book, Scent of the Missing, Charlesonand#8217;s The Possibility Dogs goes beyond the science that explains working canines to tell the stories of the dogs themselves. Like Merlin, a black Lab puppy who had been thrown away in a garbage bag and now stabilizes his partnerand#8217;s panic attacks. And service dog Jake Piper, a formerly starving pit bull mix who went from abandoned to irreplaceable. This heartwarming combination of memoir and research is sure to both inform and inspire.
and#8220;What an amazing book. Combine love, knowledge, and real-life drama with pitch-perfect writing, and youand#8217;ll end up with The Possibility Dogs. Simply brilliant!and#8221; and#8212;Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash
and#8220;Insightful and earthy, Charleson is never maudlin. She keeps it real . . . All the stories have tremendous heart and power and you believe Charleson when she writes: and#8216;Any dog can surprise you,and#8217; and and#8216;great dogs can come in odd packages.and#8217;and#8221; and#8212;Boston Globe
Seamlessly weaving scientific research with compelling narrative, "Paws & Effect" tells incredibly moving stories of beloved pets who have supported their people through periods of ill health and other crises--with miraculous results.
A uniquely personal, moving, and inspiring journey into the rapidly emerging world of psychiatric service dogs, as Susannah Charleson works as an evaluator in shelters, plucking unwanted dogs, big and small, training them for this unique kind of service, and matching them with people in need.
Dogs have always been our friends and changed our lives for the better. But they may save our lives as well. Seamlessly weaving scientific research with compelling narrative, Paws & Effect tells incredibly moving stories of beloved pets who have supported their people through periods of ill health and other crises—with miraculous results:
*Little Ben, a Chihuahua who can sense impending epileptic seizures
*Abdul, a Golden Retriever/Lab mix, who was the worlds first service dog and helped his owner by retrieving keys and phones, medicine from countertops, water from the refrigerator, and could even hand in credit cards at the grocery store
*A Dalmation named Trudii, whose obsessive behavior prompted her owner to seek a medical examination that revealed melanoma
About the Author
Sharon Sakson earned an MFA in creative writing from the New School. She is a journalist and television producer who has worked for ABC, NBC, and local stations in Baltimore, Chicago, and San Francisco. Sharon is also an American Kennel Club dog-show judge. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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