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Weekends with Daisy Hardcover – September 10, 2013

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Having lost her longtime pet dog, Massachusetts journalist Luttrell volunteers to help train service dogs on the weekends; the rest of the week, the animals are taught by inmates as part of the Prison PUP program. She hits the jackpot with the second dog assigned to her—Daisy, an affable yellow Labrador puppy. Even as Luttrell struggles to follow the program's guidelines and not simply play with Daisy, the connection she and her family form with the dog creates a complicated tension. On the one hand, keeping Daisy would be a dream come true, but that could only happen if Daisy flunked out of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services program. That failure would not only tear at Luttrell, but would be devastating to Keith, the inmate responsible for Daisy on weekdays. This moving warts-and-all narrative explores themes of redemption, as Luttrell struggles to reconcile the Keith she knows through the dog-training program and the man responsible for the crime that landed him behind bars for decades. The author's empathy is impressive given her own troubled past; she relates those struggles, as well as her rocky relationship with her teenage daughter, with candor that will win over readers generally left cold by animal books. (Sept.)

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*Starred Review* Journalist Luttrell was suffering from “canine deficit disorder” after the death of her dog, and then she heard about the weekend puppy-raiser program. NEADS, an organization that raises service dogs for people with disabilities, needed volunteers to train puppies on weekends. During the week they were cared for and trained by prison inmates, but they needed socialization and desensitization in the “real world” to complete their training. Enter Daisy, a four-month-old yellow Labrador retriever, and Keith, her inmate trainer. Service dogs are not pets, and every new situation must be orchestrated to be a positive experience for the dog, so working with Daisy involved quite a bit of training not only for Daisy but also for the author and her family. Luttrell found herself asking for Keith’s advice. As the two bonded over Daisy and her training, Luttrell realized that they both needed to reassure the other that Daisy would make it through the program. In the process of her training, Daisy introduced both trainers to a friendlier world and helped them locate the kinder, more patient person within themselves. --Nancy Bent
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451686234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451686234
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully paced, funny and touching, this fairly quick read will stay with you long after you've finished it. Through training service dog-hopeful Daisy on the weekends, the author learns about herself, her family, and her assumptions--particularly regarding Daisy's other trainer, a prison inmate. Author Sharron Kahn Luttrell keeps the warm fuzzies to a minimum with her self-deprecating humor. Yes, you'll laugh and possibly cry a little, but you'll also learn something about dogs, humans, and the theraputic nature of their interactions.
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On the surface, this book is about one woman's year working with a prisoner to train a yellow lab named Daisy to be a service dog. But as the year progresses it turns out that the woman and her family learn at least as much from Daisy as she learns from them. Warm, richly layered and compelling; I finished it in one sitting. Here's hoping the author treats us to more.
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This story tugged at my heartstrings like none I've read in years. In Keith we meet a long-term inmate, a man full of regret by a horrible crime perpetrated when just a teenager, who has the good fortune to be assigned Daisy in the dog training program and human weekend handler Sharron. The bond that develops between the three of them allows Keith to reach beyond his own pain to make a difference and allows Sharron to learn important life lessons as well. At the heart of the story was its namesake, sweet Daisy who I wish were mine!
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I always consider myself an animal lover, but the time and dedication that go into being a weekend puppy sitter are more than I could ever imagine. This book describes the steps that go into turning a goofy puppy into a trusted service dog, in a way that is charming and amusing. I especially enjoyed how the author applied the lessons she learned in dog training to the raising of her own children, with the same positive results. This is far more than your usual dog book!
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After reading 'Finding Harmony', written by a woman who has MS and whose life improved dramatically after getting an assistance dog, I was very impressed by all the tasks her dog performed. Now, after reading 'Weekends with Daisy', I realize how much training is involved.

Prison inmate Keith trained Daisy from Monday to Friday, author Sharron took care of her during the weekends to socialize her and get her used to every day life. A bit like sharing custody after divorce.

It may sound simple, but for Sharron visiting the prison twice a week to pick up Daisy and bring her back was quite an experience. The only contact she had with Keith was about Daisy. As they got to know each other better, she wanted to know what had landed him in prison. Accidentally she found out that he was 16 years old when he committed a crime. Although he did not kill anyone, he was tried as an adult and sentenced to forty years in prison. Forty years!

In the beginning Sharron found the idea of giving Daisy up very difficult. She hoped the dog would not pass the NEADS-exam and could stay with her. And then she realized what it would mean to Keith if Daisy failed. So she too became determined not to let this happen. And then came Memorial Day...

Let me just say that it's a great book, well written, it will make you laugh and cry and think. Buy the book; it's well worth the money and part of the proceeds will be donated to NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services).
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I loved learning about this incredible program that shows so clearly what the unconditional love of a dog can do for people who have done terrible things in their lives, but, when given the chance, can actually give back to society by helping to train these dogs to work with people whose lives are limited because of their disabilities. The book is so beautifully written, I found myself identifying with the author's own anxieties about the job she had committed herself to undertaking, and then with her joy and pride when Daisy graduated. And I felt her simultaneous deep sense of loss when Daisy moved on to start life as a service dog. This is a powerful book that will tug at your heart and open you to a world you probably never even thought about before. And you will wish you had a Daisy in your life. And, if you're like me, you will have formed the deepest respect for Sharron Kahn Luttrell and others like her, who devote so much of their time and energy to helping other people.
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By Cheyenne on September 19, 2013
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Great book. I learned so much about the long, detailed process of training a service dog. Loved the understanding of dogs that was shared. The book made me laugh and cry and give my dogs extra attention.
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This dog, Daisy, has a way of capturing your heart and soul almost from the first page. I have heard about puppy programs in prisons and wondered how they work. Daisy has a special way about her, which brings a smile to all of those around her. The transformation she brought about with her inmate was so beautiful! He made a major mistake early in life and was paying dearly for it; having Daisy to raise taught him more about himself than most of his nearly 2 decades in prison. Her other puppy raiser also experienced life changing events--this dog was the best therapy anyone could've asked for. Can't wait to read it again!!
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