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I hope Brill's story will change people's attitudes towards service dogs and will educate the public about the important role they play. Twenty years after the American with Disabilities Act gave legal rights to people in need of service dogs, it is still necessary to invoke that right to bring a working dog to some workplaces. The author takes on an ignorant employer who failed to recognize her legal rights to have an accommodation for a disability--an accomodation that included fur and four paws. The reader feels her frustration and anger that was triggered by the experience.
Aside from the political and educational element of the story, the story is a touching one of a young woman finding confidence and happiness with a Labrador retriever by her side. Since I first saw the movie of Old Yeller, I have cried when I read about dogs and their relationships with humans. This book is no exception for me. I experienced triumphant moments with the author and also some very sad moments. It is a wonderful treat to read about the training of her dog and the team that results from labor and love. The reader will learn about charitable organizations that help these transformations occur in the lives of people by providing trained dogs for free.
The only shortcoming of this book was that it felt over-edited to me. Perhaps this is necessary because the target audience is young adult and teen readers, but I would have preferred that the author's strong voice resounded more, rather than being muffled in the writing process.Read more ›
Part of this book offers a wonderful example of the right reasons for legal enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (correcting the wrongs and preventing them from happening again to others, rather than the motivation of monetary gain.) Way to go, Leigh!
I downloaded this free to my Kindle but would gladly have paid for the privilege of reading this story. Of course, you know what happens at the end of EVERY animal story, right? This one's no exception. Have kleenex handy.
Leigh has CP, though as a child/teen she denied her illness. Through Slugger, she learns how to better deal with her disease, learns she is more than her disease, and learns how to love not only herself & Slugger, but others as well(OK, I realize this sentence sounds way too corny, but it's all true). Slugger not only improves her own life, but the others that Leigh works with in her career.
The book is written for young adults, so I admit I did not "learn" anything from the book. It was definitely interesting learning about how dogs are trained to become "work dogs" and how humans learn to work equally with the dogs, but nothing new was presented to me. This was not enough to really detract from the book at all.
The ending of course, is a tear jerker, and is the reason why I don't normally review books like this.
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Well written, animal and human characters are real. What wonderful service dogs Leigh was so fortunate to live with as partners.Published 7 days ago by Jeri L. Solon
This is a heart-wrenching story of love between a dog & his owner.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals.
As a passionate lover of Labradors and all dogs in general, nothing written in this book comes as a surprise. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have not read Ole Yeller, written by a resident of Mason,Tx by the way but I will after reading A Dog Named Slugger. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dennis Elam
It amazes me how much Slugger helped Leigh also with her self esteem and she stood up for herself. What a wonderful bond the two of them had too.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
An instructive book. Very valuable for anybody who is looking for a service dog. And very informative for anybody who wants to know what intensive work and love goes into these... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jane
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I have the same problem as well. It isn't just your Kindle- it must be a problem with the formatting of the ebook. Here's hoping they fix it, but I'm enjoying the book well enough that I'm plowing through it without waiting for a fix. :)
Jan 10, 2011 by Ashley Elder | See all 3 posts
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