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A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other--and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way Hardcover – September 18, 2012

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From Publishers Weekly

In her first book, professional dog trainer Edwards brings us the touching story of Boo, a special needs dog who becomes an unlikely hero. Edwards and her husband already have two dogs and two cats when she comes across a litter of puppies abandoned at her local pet store, and predictably falls for the slow-moving runt of the litter, whom she names Boo. What seem at first to be extreme clumsiness and recalcitrance towards housetraining turn out to be symptoms of Boo's cerebellar hypoplasia— a condition which can cause mental retardation, poor balance, and other acuity issues. Edwards weaves her own troubled past into the book: sexually abused by her father as a child, she suffered from undiagnosed learning disabilities. This gives her a particular kinship with Boo, who, on the road to becoming a service dog, encounters naysayers and struggles in classes. These parallels aside, the book is a fascinating look at what service dogs can accomplish. The stories of the lives that Boo touches are moving, although they lose some impact because there are so many. But dog lovers and those interested in service animals will enjoy this story of resilience. (Oct.)

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As this pooch-focused memoir proves, dogs can be women’s and children’s best friends, too. Edwards, sexually abused by her alcoholic father as a girl, finds love in the form of her husband and her two cats and two dogs. She then adopts Boo, a disabled Lab mix, who is the main hero of the story. (Edwards’ other animals play supporting roles, with one getting a blind and deaf boy to relax as he rubs his toes against his fur.) Like his housemates, and in spite of his physical limitations, Boo becomes a therapy dog who helps handicapped children. He even convinces Edwards’ reluctant-to-become-a-father husband (who suffers from Crohn’s disease) that he could be a good, loving dad. (At the end of the story, the author and her spouse are on the wait-list to adopt a child.) All readers who love dogs and other animals will find much to embrace and admire in this heartwarming tale about the power of canines, told by a professional dog trainer who makes hundreds of therapy visits to hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. --Karen Springen
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037389256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892563
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book only reinforced for me the fact that we get the dog we need for any given time in our life. The next step to that is to be open to it and recognize it.
Lisa and Boo were meant to find each other. Watching Lisa grow in a new way and become more confident and strong in who she is, letting go of the past, and grasping what Boo could do as a therapy dog is such a blessing not only to Lisa, but to all those Boo has helped along the way. I cried, laughed, easily related to Lisa, and found myself having an even deeper understanding of the profound bond animals can have with us.
It was beneficial to me to hear from a dog trainer's point of view the different aspects of training your dog for therapy dog work. And how refreshing it was to watch as Lisa learned to focus on Boo's good things, instead of her planned agenda for what she thought he should do. This opened avenues and opportunities that would have never been. Boo and Lisa are a blessing and I'm so glad Lisa shared her story in this sweet and compassionate book.
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This is a GREAT read! Humor, sadness, hope, frustration, determination and even training tips -- it has it all. So stop reading the reviews, get the book, get comfy and start your journey with Lisa and her family. It's well worth it!
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By jpogli on September 22, 2012
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I have taken 2 of my dogs to Lisa's dog obedience classes and I must say she has a true gift for understanding and communicating with dogs. I got my copy of A Dog Named Boo today and am already half finished. Lisa and Boo's story is so touching. What could have been seen as sad and tragic, instead becomes inspirational. The book is written in a casual style that made me feel as if I was actually listening to Lisa speak. Her wit is dry and intelligent and behind all of her anecdotes is great wisdom. She has a very down-to-earth approach to training dogs that is demonstrated very beautifully in this story. This is a great read and I highly recommend it to all pet lovers.
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I really enjoyed this book. Some dog books are as much about the author as they are about the dog, but this book is about Boo the dog. The author describes how she found him and the difficulties the animal had. She tells how long it took to house-train him and the care he needed. Convinced that he was really a good dog, she trained him (I learned a lot about what therapy dogs do). Over time, she learned that she had a dog, whom others might have cast aside, who could change people's lives. After reflecting on the book, I was urged to see the good in both dogs and people. That person who gets on your nerves or the pooch who ruins the carpet could be one who makes people's lives better.
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This was one of those books I could not put down! It was so full of insight and had lots of humor that dog lovers could relate. This book would surely help dog trainers too and teach everyone about patience, persistence, and love. I think this is one of those books that should be read by anyone who has a child or pet with some disabilities as it is so uplifting! Highly recommend it for anyone who feels they are "different" or "not normal" and for educating the overall public due to preconcieved perceptions they may have about such humans or animals.
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I read the sample and it seemed like a touching story. It wasn't. It is totally about the self absorbed author. What a disappointment.

Worse yet, it is repetitive. Every anecdote is told and retold over and over again. There are perhaps 5 total.
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Not great. I was disappointed that the story wasn't more about the dog and his adventures. Sorry the author had such a hard life with family but felt that there was TMI in that regard. Maybe a different book for those events. I really felt that there were 2 books here jammed badly into one.
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I was quite moved by this book. The author never gave up on her dog, and can teach each of us about thei special qualities we can find in our dogs if we preserve and let them give back in their own ways! Would highly recommend for any dog lover!
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