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Marianne McKiernan, a two-time Emmy award winning producer, has been involved with Canine Companions for Independence since October of 2001, when she received her first puppy in training. Along with her husband, John, she has raised eight Canine Companion pups, and counting. The true authors of the book are Hudson, Parker, Ross and Mars as they relayed their stories to Marianne. About Canine Companions for Independence® Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions (January 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935961187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935961185
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marianne is a wonderful writer displaying a great sense of humor while being an excellent voice for service dogs. All dog lovers and friends of service animals everywhere will cherish this book.

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If you have ever considered raising an assistance dog, this book is for you - or if you have had a dog, want a dog, like dogs, or think dogs are clever humans in fur suits, then buy this book. I trained an assistance dog for CCI years back and my experiences were very close to the ones described in this book. It is fun to read, clever and bittersweet. I shed a tear or two (or three...) but I 'barked' with laughter at times. Do you see that button that says 'buy now'. Click it, Hurry!
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I wanted to read this book because I had a Canine Companions For Independence (CCI) change of career dog who helped give my life meaning again after losing my beloved Mother in a car accident. I have been watching breeders raising puppies on the Internet. I made many new friends including many puppy raisers who suggested this book. This book has everything in it. You will laugh at the stories as told through the service puppy in training eyes. You will cry at the stories of turning in the puppy. You will cry yet marvel at the stories of people with service dogs. You will learn about dogs and how to raise a service dog. The book is informative, fun, and emotional. Kudos to Marianne for capturing the spirit of of our beloved dogs. You will see the life of a Service Dog through new eyes. You will respect, love, and see through new eyes the dedication and devotion of a selfless puppy raiser. You will cry, you will laugh, you will learn. Don't miss this read. I give it an excellent five star read!
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My granddaughter has a lab that went through all the training that M. McKiernan so creatively describes. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the entire program. The speaking dogs did a remarkable job...covered it beautifully for me.
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Marianne is a fantastic writer! She has been writing a "dogblog" for years for her job at the local ABC affiliate TV station in Denver. I always look forward to reading the blog each week, so it was quite exciting to see the dogblogs in book form. The blogs are written from the "current puppy in training" point of view. This is quite entertaining and I aways learn something! Much like the book " Up the Downstair Case" by Bell Kaufman, the blogs are a unique way to tell a story in a different form.
Besides being a great read, all the money raised from the sale of this book will go to CCI so they can continue the great work they do! So buy a few copies...one for you and a few to give as gifts!
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Let the Dogs Speak! is an entertaining and enjoyable read explaining a service dog's journey from the point of view of a Canine Companions for Independence service dog in training. Not only is Marianne McKiernan a good writer, but she gets into the head of the main character and tells a tale through the eyes of a dog effortlessly. Well done!
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I really enjoyed this book. It was such a fun read. Not only was I entertained but I also learned so much about the Canine Companions for Independence organization. I never knew what all the puppy raisers went through. Reading from these puppies point of view was so sweet. Who knew they had such a great sense of humor and could write so well! I will definitely recommend this book.
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I read the book with a box of tissues, alternating between tears and giggles. Anyone who loves animals should keep this book close by as a reminder of the love and devotion that is exchanged between our four legged friends and the two legged ones who need them. Thanks for the amazing read! Moreover, thank you for the selfless care you give the puppies on their incredible journey to become the most important piece of independence in their humans' lives.
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