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Every Dog Has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives Hardcover – March 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 1 edition (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585427950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585427956
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“When I first heard of The Good Dog Foundation I thought, ‘Is there any other kind?’ This book gives us some specific examples of the unique therapy that dogs provide when it is needed most. Enjoy a good read, after which I’m sure you will appreciate your own dog even more.”
Betty White
 
“This is a lovely, charming, important book that contributes to a better understanding of the human-dog bond, a relationship that is, in my estimation, not only extraordinary but sacred.”
Dean Koontz

Every Dog Has a Gift is, simply, inspiring.”
Carol Memmott, USA Today
 
“If you can’t have a dog, you probably shouldn’t read this book; it’s full of moving stories about dogs who have made such a difference in people’s lives that you’ll be tempted to run to the nearest rescue shelter.”
Whole Life Times
 
“The book is filled with inspiring stories. It's truly amazing what a wagging tail can do.”
St. Louis Times Dispatch
 
“This wonderful, heartwarming book tells true stories about “the hope and healing” that therapy dogs bring to people who suffer from various ailments.”
American Dog magazine
 
“A wonderful book of miracles that any dog lover (including this reviewer) will enjoy.”
San Francisco Book Review

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"Dog lovers will adore Every Dog Has a Gift.
BookManBookWoman TV REVIEWS
Happy dog stories about people and how a dog can change your life for the better.
Marty
It's amazing the powers that lie beneath these furry creatures!!
Lynne M. LaBianca

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JRay VINE VOICE on June 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I recently had to put my cocker spaniel down. My oldest son was heartbroken so we went out to the Humaine Society and got ourselves a lovely beagle hound named Molly. We just adore her. Since then I have just been reading everything I can on dogs. I just finished Love Is The Best Medicine and would recommend that to anyone. This was the next book I picked up. This book is a easy reading book. Rachel Mcpherson is the founder and executuve dirctor of The Good Dog Foundation. She has put together a book full of stories detailing dogs and what they have to offer. Many different breeds offer different services and therapies to childern with autism, helping childern to read, promote healing in hospital settings, and are used as guide dogs. These stories are very inspirational for both the people and dog lover. These stories aren't fluffy at all, and really do a great job promoting the different services a owner might consider for their own dog as well. I was so encouraged by Pepper the dog that childern read to, that I am seriously considering getting my own dog into this training program. Whether you are just looking for a weekend read, or are seriously considering advanced training or wanting to serve your community this book is a A plus. Rachel does a great job giving dog owners tips and resources at the end of each chapter. Get this book and read it. Dogs have a wonderful way with people in need.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynne M. LaBianca on March 10, 2011
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I totally and completely believe that dogs have healing powers. I saw it in the case of my father in law who passed away in May, 2010. He was in Hospice and had not responded to anyone or opened his eyes in days but when I brought Lucky to see him, whom he loved dearly, he started to move his hands and pet him. He also spoke a little and opened his eyes. I believe it was because of Lucky. He did this numerous times over the past several days afterwards. He was 89 and did soon pass but having him pet Lucky hopefully brought some joy into his last days. I know it did to his family.
I have 2 dogs and one on the way next week and I am ill. When I am down, these dogs pick me and sense it when I feel this way.
It's amazing the powers that lie beneath these furry creatures!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BookManBookWoman TV REVIEWS on April 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Dog lovers will adore Every Dog Has a Gift. Rachel McPherson takes us on a journey with dogs as they visit classrooms and hospitals where they change many lives for the better. A great book."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dogcrazy on April 20, 2011
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I'm so grateful for this book. The stories are so touching...be sure to have a box of tissue next to you! I was also very appreciative of the resource section each chapter ended with, as I've been wanting to do more with my dog -possibly visiting patients and children - and I now know exactly what steps to take. Thank you for this lovely book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria on September 6, 2010
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I do many therapy dog visits to nursing homes, READ programs and autistic children. This book has many great stories that I can relate to my own experiences
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