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Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan...a love story Paperback – July 13, 2012
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What sings in the book is that deepest bond of love that develops between a blind person and his/her guide dog. This amazing partnership is 24/7, 365 days a year, often lasting eight to ten years.The two dogs' comments, observations and reflections on what it is like to work as guide to a "bi-ped" are humorous, often zany, but always patient, respectful, trusting to and of their partner, and offer a refreshing "insight" into many aspects of our lives which we take for granted.
Read it for laughs, enjoyment, learning, whatever, but I do hope you will read it!
The author's faults, "told" from the dogs' point of view, showed an ironic self-awareness that I found really refreshing. For instance, Burlingame laughs at himself for using pretentious words, for playing opera too much, for being forgetful, etc. Although these criticisms are ostensibly told by the dogs, of course it's Burlingame that sees all this in himself.
I also thought that the world of the dog-man partner, and of The Seeing Eye, in particular, were highlighted without making the book too instructional. Instead, there was a lot of information that was woven seamlessly into the story, so that it never felt as if I was reading a manual.
Finally, there is such a sense of love and caring throughout the book that I don't know how anyone could not be won over, not only by the book itself, but by the sense of life and hope it imparts.
I loved the book. It's not a literary masterpiece, of course, but a sweet, loving, enjoyable and informative read.
My only criticism of the book is that it could have used some extra proofreading. Misplaced punctuation and words spelled incorrectly, scattered throughout the story, were minor distractions. Anyone who wants to know what partnering with a guide dog is really like will enjoy this book.
When I see a human with a seeing-eye dog now, I look at them much differently than I did before I read this book.
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If ever you wondered how someone could volunteer to raise a Seeing Eye puppy only to send it back to the Seeing Eye when it is 18 months old, read this heartwarming story about how... Read morePublished on August 20, 2014 by S Lally
If you love dogs please read Lloyd Burlingame's book TWO SEEING EYE DOGS TAKE MANHATTAN
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A most enjoyable story about the relationship between two Seeing Eye Dogs and their owner. Told from the perspective of both the dogs and their owner, it is fun and informative. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Gardener
This was recommended to me someone who is legally blind, so she could truly relate to Burlingame's situation. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Nancy Sjoholm
not the kind of book i normally read. it was suggested to me by a friend. when i started to read it i thought my friend had lost her mind. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by mick
This is a gift for a daughter. So don't know it is good. She had requested it and I hope she does enjoy reading it.Published on February 20, 2013 by Goldie
I am almost finished with this book and am really enjoying it.
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I was expecting more, perhaps a "miracle" like the time my mother's third of five Seeing Eye dogs alerted me when she lay unconscious on her bedroom floor.Published on December 29, 2012 by Bernard N. Campbell