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The Golden Bridge (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond) Paperback – December 1, 2005
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Less appealing aspects of the book included the over promotion of the author's NPO `North Star' which breeds and trains assistance dogs. So frequent was the name cited that I felt like I was reading the script from an infomercial. Along with tireless promotion of North Star comes the single minded advice that the one and only solution for an assistance dog is a pure bred Golden Retriever (only) that is well bred (North Star), well tempered (North Star), and well trained (North Star). I also found the text to be a bit flowery for my taste, and at times found it so over saturated with unnecessary metaphors and similes that it smothered the passage (like a load of jagged rock crashing down on a fragile candle).
Overall I did find this to be a useful book, particularly since our family is in the market for a dog, and we hope that it can be a good companion for our young son who is on the spectrum. Based on this reading though, I am not convinced we really need one of the elite assistance dogs described in the Golden Bridge, so we have adjusted our search toward a more ordinary family pet.
The volume of useful information to be found in this book was extremely rewarding, but in addition to the usefulness of that, I was incredibly moved by her own personal story, which is woven through the book. Through her prose, she tells her own story of struggle, which slowly grows into finding her unique and special path. Her strength of character and resolve shine as beacons to those of us finding our own paths in life. Gross's determination to create something good out of the challenges that faced her and her family, and to succeed so well at it, is truly inspiring.
Ms. Gross, in telling her personal story, paints a very vivid and moving picture and writes in a very compelling way. I was totally drawn in, and literally didn't put the book down until I finished the last page.
I highly recommend this book for it's informative aspect, it's emotionally appealing story, and it's vision.
Diane C. Donovan
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