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Shelby's Grace: From Abused Pup to Angel of Mercy Kindle Edition

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Dogs are perfect examples of unconditional love-at least to some pet owners. To others, they are merely animals to be abused viciously. However, in some circumstances, small miracles happen. Sometimes, a dog that has suffered cruelty can overcome it and once again act as man's best friend.

That's what happened to Shelby, an abused pit bull from a shelter that went on to become what is commonly referred to as a therapy dog.

As many people already know, dogs can be more than just pets. They can see for those who are visually impaired and assist people with mobility issues. But therapy dogs also help those who suffer from less tangible conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Therapy dogs are trained to work with people in crisis or who suffer from illnesses. They visit hospital patients, the elderly, the lonely and the bereaved to provide emotional support at times when it is needed most," says Joe Dwyer, author of the new book Shelby's Grace.

In his book, Mr. Dwyer describes his remarkable odyssey with Shelby, who he saved from a shelter. In return, she saved him from a terrible depression, and together they recovered their senses of purpose.

When Mr. Dwyer found Shelby, she already had two strikes against her: not only did she have to overcome physical and psychic wounds inflicted upon her by previous owners, but being a pit bull, she was considered a monster by many of the people she intended to help as a therapy dog.

"For that reason, this is also Shelby's book," notes Mr. Dwyer. "It's the story of a once-maligned, misunderstood dog that now enriches the lives of countless people who are also in need of rescuing. The dog that was once on the brink is now pulling humans back in with her."

By all accounts, Shelby was lucky. According to Pet-Abuse.Com, which keeps statistics on animal cruelty categories including neglect, abandonment, shooting, beating, mutilation, hanging, drowning, poisoning, suffocation, torture, burning and fighting, nearly 1,800 dogs were reported to be mistreated last year alone. Other sites put the figure at seven times that number.

Today, Shelby is one of more than 30,000 therapy dogs in the US. And demand for them is rising, according to a report published in Parade magazine.

Therapy dogs come in all sizes and breeds. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is a good temperament, and he or she must get along very well with children, men, women and other animals. A good therapy dog also must be:,p>- friendly and non-aggressive - patient, gentle and calm - confident and well-socialized - smart healthy

"Slowly, therapy dogs are gaining acceptance, but they're not quite there yet," says Mr. Dwyer. "It's important to understand that dogs are not just pets or companions. They can do a lot more than just look nice and provide entertainment. In many situations, dogs truly are angels that help people to survive difficult times." --News Blaze, September 20, 2010

About the Author

Joe Dwyer is a motivational speaker, life coach and a member of the National Speakers Association. He is also a dog trainer and a martial artist. Joe is a man of faith and spirituaity and supports rescue groups and therapy dog training.

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  • File Size: 1243 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Perennial Press Publishing LLC (August 29, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8X24
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 18, 2011
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I loved this book, telling a story about an abused, deserted pit bull puppy left chained up at a gas station, she is a survior. Pit bulls are a misunderstood breed, there has been so much bad press due to irresponsible humans...my heart is overflowing with joy that Shelby became a beloved pet to Joe and his family. God bless people that try to make a difference in the life of an animal, bringing them into their home, I believe there is no greater love than that of an animal, they seem to complete your family. I believe Shelby was chosen to do her work, animals have a very calming effect on people in the worse situation...what a blessing..thank you Joe for sharing your Shelby with all of us!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chuck O on September 21, 2010
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I have just finished reading Joe Dwyer's loving account of one of God's angels here on Earth: Shelby.

Abused, abandoned, severely injured, Shelby had every right to give up on the human race. Yet instead of succumbing to her injuries, she overcomes through the power of love. And then goes on to spread her healing powers as one of the unlikeliest Therapy Dogs in the business.

Joe Dwyer's love for this special dog shines through on every page, and I hope there will be more where this came from.

"Shelby's Grace" reaffirms that old saying: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MAXIE on September 22, 2010
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I just finished reading this wonderful book about an amazing angel called Shelby.
She is indeed a very very special dog with such compassion and love in her heart.She has an uncanny sense to always be the comforter even though that is the very thing she herself missed out in her early life.
What an amazing story!!! What a beautifully written book.Shelby's heartfelt caring and unstopable spirit jumps out at every page.
I cried,I smiled,I looked deep within my own soul and was truly inspired by Shelby.
Truly inspiritional book.A terrific must read foe all ages.
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By Ruth Jeddis on December 7, 2011
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Joe Dwyer is a Dog trainer. He helped me train my little maltese. He is a fantastic guy and he wrote this true story about this stray Shelby. It is a most heartwarming story about a most wonderful animal.
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By Marion Lovell on August 15, 2014
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A great story of a dog that was rescued from the depths of despair and with the love and direction and care of her rescuer she turned into a wonderful therapy dog! She now has a wonderful family!
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