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A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home

Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

Sue Halpern


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A layabout mutt turned therapy dog leads her owner to a new understanding of the good life.
At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash er, lease on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn t expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern's sense of what virtue is and does how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to.
Funny, moving, and profound, "A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home "is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding) taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

Riverhead Books, 9781594487200, 310pp.

Publication Date: July 22, 2013

About the Author

Sue Halpern is the author of five previous books. Her writing has appeared in "The New York Review of Books," "The New York Times Magazine," "Time," "The New Yorker," "Parade," "Rolling Stone," and "Glamour," among others. She has been a Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow and is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. She lives with her husband, the writer Bill McKibben, and Pransky in Ripton, Vermont.