Hospice Hounds: Animals and Healing at the Borders of Death

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Lantern Books, 2001 - Self-Help - 176 pages
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Hospice Hounds contains the heartwarming and inspiring true stories of two dogs-Woody, a yellow labrador, and Katy, an Australian shepherd-and their therapeutic influences on terminally ill patients at a South Florida hospice facility. The results have been extraordinary-people who in their last days were given joy and companionship when they feared dying, or were closed off from all contact, human or otherwise. Rivera explores the hospice movement and the increasingly convincing data that show that non-human animals offer a profound way for human beings to deal with isolation, suffering and the great transition from life to death.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Marc Bekoff
11
Inttoduction by Michael Betkenblit
17
Bring Me a Dog
19
Pet Therapy Partners
29
The Man Who Could Not Eat
35
Sato Thetapy
43
A Deathbed Confession
49
Preacher Step Aside
57
Denial
65
Squittel Thetapy
73
But You Cannot Hide
81
The White Dog in the Night
89
Alfred and Tilly
97
One of a Kind
107
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