Let Buster Lead: Discovering Love, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Self-acceptance

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Sunstone Press, 2007 - Dogs - 197 pages
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"Let Buster Lead" is a personal memoir about love, courage and healing. Deborah Potter shares her relationship with her Border Collie, Buster, from the day she met him at the animal shelter until the last moment of his life. This isn't a typical pet love story; it's an inspirational self-help book wrapped around a dog treat. The author met Buster while in a state of cynicism and grief following the death of her father. Her new pet helped to restore her faith in life. Buster then helped her cope with a high-powered marriage, intense stress and faltering self-esteem. When she suffered major trauma in a horse accident, Buster stayed by her side, his herding dog instincts protecting her vulnerable and broken body from harm. A year after the accident she became too tense to be touched by others or leave her home, unaware that she had developed a severe case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She tells us how she discovered she had this disease and how Buster became her official service dog. She describes her struggle with PTSD symptoms, and what it was like to travel on airplanes and function in public with a disability and a therapy dog. Helping to restore her mental health and self-assurance, Buster led her back into a normal life. This is their story. Deborah Dozier Potter was born into an entertainment A-list family. Her mother, Joan Fontaine, her aunt, Olivia de Havilland, and her stepmother, Ann Rutherford, were 1940s era movie stars. Her father, William Dozier, a popular film and television executive, produced and narrated TV's Batman series. Seeking a "regular" environment, Deborah settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she continued her international career as an actors' representative. She and her husband raised two sons, developed a politically charged real estate law firm, and have formed partnerships that own several businesses. Among her many volunteer positions, she has served as the founding organizer of Santa Fe's Plaza Community Stage, a member of the Kennedy Center's President's Advisory Council on the Arts, and as a trustee of a college, an orchestra and two museums. A traumatic accident, an often un-diagnosed disability and a life-changing relationship with her Border Collie inspired her to write their story. "Let Buster Lead" is her first book, a tribute to her devoted best friend.

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