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A Dog Named Slugger by [Brill, Leigh]
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Brill’s memoir concerns her life near the end of her college years, a time when her cerebral palsy worsened and she began to struggle with everyday tasks. Learning about helper dogs trained to aid people with CP, Leigh applies and is matched with a big, lovable yellow Lab named Slugger. For nearly 10 years, he accompanies Leigh everywhere, helping her walk, picking up dropped pens, even turning on lights and opening heavy doors. With Slugger’s aid, Leigh gradually comes to accept and be able to talk about her disease and eventually finds love and a career. This touching memoir will warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere; Slugger is the heart and soul of the book, and his dedication, devotion, and love make him an unforgettable character. While the writing is sometimes clunky and Leigh’s family is inexplicably absent, what remains is still irresistible: a sweet story about a woman and her dog. This canine version of Homer’s Odyssey (2009) will appeal equally to readers interested in coping or helping others cope with disabilities. --Jessica Moyer

Product Details

  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LN2BOG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
As a child living with cerebral palsy, Leigh Brill ached with the physical pain of her medical condition and the emotional hurt of not fitting in. She has written her story, A Dog Named Slugger, an easy read for young adults and adults alike.

I hope Brill's story will change people's attitudes towards service dogs and will educate the public about the important role they play. Twenty years after the American with Disabilities Act gave legal rights to people in need of service dogs, it is still necessary to invoke that right to bring a working dog to some workplaces. The author takes on an ignorant employer who failed to recognize her legal rights to have an accommodation for a disability--an accomodation that included fur and four paws. The reader feels her frustration and anger that was triggered by the experience.

Aside from the political and educational element of the story, the story is a touching one of a young woman finding confidence and happiness with a Labrador retriever by her side. Since I first saw the movie of Old Yeller, I have cried when I read about dogs and their relationships with humans. This book is no exception for me. I experienced triumphant moments with the author and also some very sad moments. It is a wonderful treat to read about the training of her dog and the team that results from labor and love. The reader will learn about charitable organizations that help these transformations occur in the lives of people by providing trained dogs for free.

The only shortcoming of this book was that it felt over-edited to me. Perhaps this is necessary because the target audience is young adult and teen readers, but I would have preferred that the author's strong voice resounded more, rather than being muffled in the writing process.
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Format: Paperback
A wonderful story. A must read for anyone who loves animals and works with them. This is a wonderful story about a woman with CP and how a service dog named Slugger changed her life for the better. I hope you take the time to read her story, I'm glad I did.
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I like nonfiction stories that deal with real life experiences. I have worked with the disabled and with animal rescue for the past 10 years. I was looking for a quick read to get from the amazon owner lenders library and I decided to pick this book. I have always been interested in how animals can help people, and was looking forward to learning more about using dogs for assistance. It was a quick read that was written in everyday language. There were a few errors in this book such as a couple of blank pages in this book that was slightly distracting. I also don't like reading books with lots of foul language, and this book has quite a bit which seemed unnecessary. The story was well written, and I felt the emotion of attachment of her and slugger throughout the book. I learned a lot of how service dogs can assist through her account of the book. As a middle school language arts teacher I am always looking for good books to encourage my students to read, but even though it is their reading level I can't recommend for them to read it. It would have a wider audience if it was not for the language in the book.
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By Rikku on December 23, 2010
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This was a heart-warming and beautiful story. Leigh does a wonderful job of conveying her and Sluggers mutual love and devotion to one another. This was inspiring, touching and not only a definite read but a definite re-read! It also opened my eyes to the wonderful services animals can provide to ALL people, not just those with physical disabilities.
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In this book Leigh Brill shows us how her 'working dog' Slugger made a real difference in her life- not just picking up pens and pushing elevator buttons for her, but also giving her courage and self-esteem. Slugger is her guardian and her best friend, and Leigh's writing makes it easy to love Sluggie, too.

Part of this book offers a wonderful example of the right reasons for legal enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (correcting the wrongs and preventing them from happening again to others, rather than the motivation of monetary gain.) Way to go, Leigh!

I downloaded this free to my Kindle but would gladly have paid for the privilege of reading this story. Of course, you know what happens at the end of EVERY animal story, right? This one's no exception. Have kleenex handy.
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What a great book to read! Was my first book read on my Kindle! Loved it and couldn't put it down!
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I enjoyed reading the beginning of the book. I liked the story when it involved Slugger and how he helped this disabled woman feel stronger emotionally and how he overall improved her life. Once she found her husband, however, I gave up. The story just seemed to be going no where and I was bored.

I got this book for free and I see now that the book is listed for $9.39. I would not pay for this book.
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I was guided to this book in an implausible way. I have trained three service dogs before I found I needed my own. I was guided to my own special dog in an implausible way as well. That is my story, now about the book... This book is incredibly descriptive on this unique and wonderful relationship between the partnership that is shared for beyond a lifetime between a Service Dog and their Person. Leigh Brill pours out the "forever joined souls" beautifully in this book. I enjoyed every moment of reading, the mistakes of Leigh Brill, the antics of Slugger but not so much how every dog story has to end. Of course this is not the writer's fault, just another sad fact of life. It sounds anthropomorphic for Slugger to help Kenda and later for Kenda to help Slugger, but as a dog owner of dogs for many years and as a trainer, I have seen "socialized learning" for myself and I can attest to this behavior and kindness between dogs. I am hoping to one day read a story about Leigh Brill and Kenda.
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