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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477446028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477446027
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan" is the most wondrous book. It is a rollicking good read, transcribed from the exchange of emails between two Seeing Eye dogs, Hickory now retired and Kemp, currently working as a guide to the author. After I finished reading the book the first time, I immediately started reading it again, and certainly a third read is in the making.

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!
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Two Guide Dogs Take Manhattan!...a love story is a truly heartwarming story that works on many levels. Adults will find it entertaining as well as informative - we all marvel at the guide dogs we pass on the street and wonder how and where they're trained to do the miraculous job that they do, and Lloyd Burlingame delivers that information in the most amusing way. Being written from the dog's point of view, it's also a story that any child would love. As it's not specifically written to be just a children's book, however, teens would find the whacky exploits of its dog protagonists entertaining as well. While the book has wide appeal to those sighted or not, what particularly distinguishes it as a truly wonderful book for blind children or teens is that, though it it's certainly not dismissive of the sometimes daunting challenges of blindness, it is entirely upbeat. Blindness is represented as a challenge to be conquered, and the emphasis is on the joy, love, faithfulness, humor - and the extraordinary sense of partnership - that a guide dog can bring. Bravo for the author, and his telling of his tale - a gift to young and old, sighted and unsighted alike!
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Usually, "sweet" and "heart-warming" are two words that would make me definitely NOT want to read a book. I equate them with "sappy". However, this book was indeed sweet and heart-warming, but was told with a sense of humor that was really fun to read.
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.
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Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan is a fun, often zany, peek into the real life adventures of a guide dog handler and his Seeing Eye dogs as they live and work in New York City. The first half of the book is told from Hickory's perspective, as he teaches his first-timer partner what the guide dog life is all about. Kemp, Hickory's successor, tells the second half of the book. Anyone who thinks that guide dogs are little robots, or are perfect, will get a reality check. As the trainers say, "dogs first, guides second" and Lloyd's dogs certainly make this point over and over. :-) My favorite parts are the emails sent back and forth between Hickory and Kemp, via their respective "scribes." As a woman partnered with my third guide dog, I particularly chuckled over many of the inane questions the public ask Lloyd, since I am asked the same questions all the time, too, though I've never encountered anyone with the misguided idea that my guide dogs can 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.
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I read a lot of books and do very few reviews. This book is different. It's a memoir of an ex-professor who became blind and the two seeing-eye dogs he had over many years. I learned so much about the every-day lives of seeing eye dogs and what they have to go through - especially in a big city. Many things a person wouldn't think about - for instance, when and where do they go to the bathroom? How do they figure out how to get somewhere once their human tells them where they want to go? How long does a seeing-eye dog work? What's the difference between "working" and "playing" to a seeing-eye dog? So many questions, so many answers in this informative 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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