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Attention to assistance dogs is growing in today’s society. However, people are largely unaware of how these dogs work and what tasks they perform. This book offers an educational inroad through the power of personal narrative.
There is also a great need for inspiration and hope these days, something to warm the heart and lift the spirit. Love for dogs is fundamental in our society. These writings of triumph, teamwork, humor, success, and love will warm hearts and encourage hope in readers. They will come away with a new confidence in the human spirit to overcome obstacles and the canine spirit to step into a role of support in ways never before imagined or understood.
People with disabilities are often segregated from the public at large. Because of issues with transportation, communication, and unfair judgments, many disabled people are isolated, unemployed, and underutilized. While this book illuminates the working partnership between assistance dogs and people with disabilities, it also refutes longstanding, unhealthy misperceptions about disability.
Each chapter offers unique content. Chapter 1 features the puppy raisers and trainers, interacting with the little guys and gals when they are just about too cute to handle! Chapter 2 highlights the beginning of the partnerships between handlers and their working dogs. The four intermediate chapters showcase what everyday life is like for the people and dogs, how individuals and teams overcome challenges, in what ways humor enters into the mix, and the definition of teamwork. The poignant retirements and goodbyes that are the toughest part of loving a dog fill Chapter 7. However, the final chapter focuses on starting over, rediscovering hope and inspiration, ending the volume on a triumphant note. The journey spans the emotional and experiential tapestry of partnership, creating a moving but realistic image of what this union is all about.