Every Dog Has a Gift
Every Dog Has a Gift
True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives
Tarcher, Hardcover, 9781585427956, 272pp.
Publication Date: March 18, 2010
Inspiring stories of dogs who do good.
Anyone who has ever had a relationship with a dog will tell you: They want nothing more than to give love and be loved in return. "In Every Dog Has a Gift," Rachel McPherson draws on her experience as the founder and executive director of The Good Dog Foundation, the largest animal-assisted therapy organization on the East Coast, to share the amazing stories of dogs that bring hope and healing into our lives.
Much has been said about the heroic roles dogs played following September 11th and Hurricane Katrina in providing support and comfort for the families and victims of these terrible tragedies, but the truth is that millions of dogs around the world are heroes every day. These therapy and service dogs (and often quite ordinary, "uncertified" dogs just like your own ) can:
*serve as the perfect audience for kids who need help with practicing and improving their reading skills;
*hold troubled families together;
*provide a calm and centering presence for autistic children, and
*help individuals who have lost the ability to walk to more easily navigate the world.
"Every Dog Has a Gift" is a celebration of the gift that each and every dog possesses: the ability to bring the healing power of unconditional love into our lives.
“When I first heard of The Good Dog Foundation I thought, ‘Is there any other kind?’ This book gives us some specific examples of the unique therapy that dogs provide when it is needed most. Enjoy a good read, after which I’m sure you will appreciate your own dog even more.”
“This is a lovely, charming, important book that contributes to a better understanding of the human-dog bond, a relationship that is, in my estimation, not only extraordinary but sacred.”
“Every Dog Has a Gift is, simply, inspiring.”
—Carol Memmott, USA Today
“If you can’t have a dog, you probably shouldn’t read this book; it’s full of moving stories about dogs who have made such a difference in people’s lives that you’ll be tempted to run to the nearest rescue shelter.”
—Whole Life Times
“The book is filled with inspiring stories. It's truly amazing what a wagging tail can do.”
—St. Louis Times Dispatch
“This wonderful, heartwarming book tells true stories about “the hope and healing” that therapy dogs bring to people who suffer from various ailments.”
—American Dog magazine
“A wonderful book of miracles that any dog lover (including this reviewer) will enjoy.”
—San Francisco Book Review