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The Dog Healers: A Novel Paperback – January 23, 2016

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A great reading, fast paced adventure story.
  Editor's Pick and Top Summer Read 2016
- Mitchell Young, Editor & Publisher, New Haven Magazine

"Dog Healers inspire us. We are left with wanting to know more - a good sign for a new book by a new author." 
 - Marcia Chambers, Branford Eagle - New Haven Independent

  "I just finished this amazing book, and I must say bravo. I absolutely loved it. 
 "This is right up there with The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I just wished it was a bit longer because when I finished it I wanted more."
 
--Gregg Oehler, publisher of Hamptons Pet: The Global Luxury Pet Magazine

"I was engaged from page one and loved the tremendous human-animal bond throughout the story.
  
"Intrigue and wonderful storytelling. I anxiously await the movie."
- -Steve Gruber, Communications Director, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

"One of the most endearing and heart warming books I have read in a long time. I loved this book . A must read for all!"
-Jewel Morris, President & Founder, Pet Philanthropy Circle

Mark
Winik weaves a tale of intriguingadventure, faraway places, vividcharacters and the knowledge thatenlightenment, with the help ofanimals, is a very powerful thing.  I couldn't put The Dog Healers down!
-- Jody Miller-Young, Host of Bark & Swagger, Pet Life Radio


A great reading, fast paced adventure story.   Editor's Pick and Top Summer Read 2016
- Mitchell Young, Editor & Publisher, New Haven Magazine

Review

"Dog Healers inspire us. We are left with wanting to know more - a good sign for a new book by a new author." 
 - Marcia Chambers, Branford Eagle - New Haven Independent



  "I just finished this amazing book, and I must say bravo. I absolutely loved it. 
 "This is right up there with The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I just wished it was a bit longer because when I finished it I wanted more."
 
--Gregg Oehler, publisher of Hamptons Pet: The Global Luxury Pet Magazine 



"I was engaged from page one and loved the tremendous human-animal bond throughout the story.
  
"Intrigue and wonderful storytelling. I anxiously await the movie."
- -Steve Gruber, Communications Director, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals



"One of the most endearing and heart warming books I have read in a long time. I loved this book . A must read for all!"
-Jewel Morris, President & Founder, Pet Philanthropy Circle

From the Author

Before The Dog Healers™, I didn't think of myself as a writer. A storyteller, yes. My poor mother! How she worried! Imagine a young kid and his dog vanishing into the forest and coming home late, a muddy mess. I made up horrific stories to cover myself. She never believed me, but she was happy to see me safe.

With mom, I had to think fast, a helpful skill for a young entrepreneur .

At age 8, I fished golf balls from the ponds at Yale Golf Course, cleaned them,and sold them. 
Then I learned the French restaurant nearby often ran out of frogs legs. I caught bullfrogs and sold those too, negotiating price with the chef. 

I even dyed flowers and pinned them on beautiful women at the Yale Football games. Who could refuse a kid pinning a blue flower on the wife or girlfriend? Two dollars please!

Without imagination, how could you invent? Without imagination how could you create?Without imagination, how could you dream? You must imagine, imagine and imagine.

Four years ago, the idea for The Dog Healers lodged in my brain. In my wife's home city of Buenos Aires, I was enthralled by handlers walking huge packs of dogs -- especially one named Carlos, who made sick dogs well and turned brutes into gentle giants.

He used a Tibetan technique called Kum Nye to put the dogs into a trance-like state. The dogs anticipated each move, partners in the healing process.

Dog lovers know all about Dog Magic, the love that heals. But the depth of the human dog connection in Kum Nye mesmerized me.

I had to write this book. I wanted readers to see and smell the story through the eyes and noses of my two and four legged characters, and share my love for Argentina's throbbing rhythms and exotic mix of cultures. 

Tucked in my office cave, I banged the book out, a glass of wine at my side, forgetting to go to bed until my wife Norma reminded me. 
Writer's block was theoretical. When the book was 'done' I found plenty not to like and hacked away. I also asked for outside feedback. 
I didn't know how many writers read their work aloud to peers as they go along or stick to strict schedules. To me, it was FUN! I got to sit back to watch, while my characters did their thing. 

Carlos, my original protagonist, was eclipsed by Isabella, a powerful young woman and a force in the dog and the horse worlds.

Her capacity to love dogs is unconditional, matching the love dogs feel for humans. The healing flows both ways. I could have called the book 'The Human Healers.' 

Isabella takes joy in making ailing dogs well, turning injured horses into champions and transforming vicious dogs into the loving creatures nature intended. 

It doesn't take long before con-men, crooked politicians and saboteurs see Isabella's talents as a means to riches, but she dismisses them as if they were nothing. The rage she incites could cost her life. Isabella pushes the limits of love, loyalty and courage, then flies right past them, turning my story into something approaching a thriller

This made for a better book that's harder to market. Is the genre Adventure? Suspense? Perhaps Young Adult -- I am told Isabella is a great inspiration to girls. I'm in my home territory -- the book is my startup and my brand -- and yet there's so much to learn
We built up a following through The Dog Healers on Facebook, a dog lovers community for sharing stories, photos and videos that just surpassed 27,000 likes.
If we convert some into readers, terrific. Meanwhile, they're enjoying our content. Recently, I created a 'Dog Healers' cartoon with artist Ivan Camilli. We've made it a regular feature. I've always wanted to write comics, so I'm loving it. 
 
I also love Facebook comments. This one from Alexandra Thurman makes me feel as warm and fuzzy as my dogs Paco and Chickie:
 "I just finished reading the book and I cannot tell you how much it moved me and inspired me more to pursue my passion of animal rehabilitation therapy as a vet." 

My book improved someone's life! For me, that's a four star review no critic can match.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
  • Paperback : 202 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1523259434
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1523259434
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.51 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 23, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

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