The Angel by My Side: The True Story of a Dog who Saved a Man- and a Man who Saved a Dog

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Hay House, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 189 pages
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Mike Lingenfelter was ready for his life to be over. Two serious heart attacks and open-heart surgery had taken away most of the good things that he had in his life. He just didn't care anymore. His doctors still held out hope for him, however, and they kept trying to find ways to motivate him to get out of the house and exercise. Their vision was that an energetic dog on a leash might do that for Mike. And so it was that this golden retriever named Dakota, who had been rescued from death himself, came to help Mike with his rehabilitative therapy. Their relationship wasn't supposed to be anything too profound or metaphysical or scientific, but as it turns out, at the other end of the leash was much more than a dog.

Dakota gave Mike back his dignity, his pride, and his life. Early on, it became evident to Mike that this wonderful 98-pound, red-haired, four-legged angel had a special gift: Dakota was a spirit guide, and it was Mike's duty to share him and the power of the human-animal bond. Dakota continually helped make miracles happen, for Mike and for others. But ultimately, as part of that journey, one more miracle was needed, as Dakota fought a courageous and dignified battle for his own life.

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User Review  - biunicorn - LibraryThing

The Angel By My Side by Mike Lingenfelter and David Frei This is absolutely a must read for anyone who loves stories that tug at your heart strings. There is no better recipe for love and gratitude ... Read full review

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User Review  - marck - LibraryThing

I suppose I was hoping for a more scientific study of how dogs are able to detect medical events in humans (in this case, heart attacks) before they've occurred. Instead, this is a somewhat repetitive ... Read full review


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Lingenfelter is an accomplished engineer and has worked on a number of very visible and important public construction projects in his 40-year career.

Frei is known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-star of USA Network's annual telecast of the popular Westminster Kennel Club dog show. He is the president of Smiling Dog Public Relations in Seattle.

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