Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives

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Penguin, Mar 18, 2010 - Pets - 272 pages
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BETTY WHITE on EVERY DOG HAS A GIFT: "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.”

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.

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User Review  - Soniamarie - LibraryThing

This is a book of short stories about dogs enriching our human lives. From dogs that aide autistic children, dogs helping kids learn to read, seeing eye dogs, dogs in wheelchairs, to dogs aiding ... Read full review

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User Review  - GRgenius - LibraryThing

Heart warming tales of our furry friends and the power they hold within to bring out the best in any person or situation. A MUST READ for dog lovers world wide, with some great information on how you and your pet can get involved in your community. Read full review


Why I Wanted to Write This Book
Service Dogs
Volunteer for the Dogs
Specialneeds Dogs
How Dogs Can Enrich Family Life
The Family and Its Dog
Now That Youve Chosen Your Dog
Therapy Dogs and Children

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About the author (2010)

Rachel McPherson is founder and director of The Good Dog Foundation, which runs training programs in New York (in NYC, Westchester, and upstate), New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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