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Therapy Pets: The Animal-Human Healing Partnership Paperback – April 1, 2003
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Crawford, a clinical psychologist, and Pomerinke, a professional dog trainer, provide a touching introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy in 23 profiles of people who benefited from AAT. In intimate and enthusiastic short chapters, the authors cover the notable variety of the animals' healing power: two dogs, Tikva and Hoss, console workers at Ground Zero; a 20-year-old pony helps a young girl with cerebral palsy gain muscular control; a seven-pound Brussels Griffon aids victims of sexual and physical abuse. While the book offers a smattering of clinical information, the appeal here is primarily emotional-this is a warm and fuzzy read (sometimes perhaps too warm and fuzzy). Crawford and Pomerinke's writing can become scrambled when addressing the uplifting emotional impact of the animals' abilities; the authors also tend to restate concepts they have demonstrated clearly already (e.g., animals give unconditional love). Animal lovers, though, may be able to overlook the authors' stylistic imperfections and focus on the pleasure and poignancy of the heartwarming stories. The appendix includes a state-by-state listing of AAT organizations and a chapter on how to get your pet started in the field.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"...uplifting book...compelling stories..." -- Cat Fancier's Almanac, October 2003
"Paws up for a good book, and for the human and animal heroes whose stories it tells." -- Oregonian, August 19, 2003
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This book shares the author's special tips to understanding and training a dog to enhance that natural quality to include
others who need to fill a hole in their heart with a touch of the love of God. Great book. Well written Good guide to bonding with your dog. Thanks Jacqueline. Well done.
She provides many examples of how animals are emotionally good for us as well as physiologically (they help to lower our blood pressure, cholesterol, lessen feelings of physical pain, decrease feelings of social anxiety, etc.).
This is a respectful, intelligent book about a bond that many of us feel, but few of us understand.
I WAS ESPECIALLY TOUCHED BY THE STORY OF A ROTTWEILER NAMED 'TIMMY' & AND THE BOND HE FORMED WITH A PATIENT NAMED SCOOTER, IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES !!!
You only hear BAD stories about these animals ! You never hear about such stories as it was a Rotty That worked / volunteered the longest hours & Saved more lives then any other DOG's at the Oklahoma City bombing...
I trully believe there are NO 'bad' dogs - Just BAD Owners !!!!
This is also a fantastic book if you like to read heartwarming stories about some amazing animals!
This book is scientific and gives the evidence that proves the healing power of pets. It is not speculation, fiction or theory IT IS FACTUAL INSTANCES !
The appendix includes a state-by-state listing of AAT organizations and a chapter on how to get your pet started in the field.
If you're someone who enjoys curling up with your pets, get ready for a heartwarming read.
The authors also provide true-life stories of pets enhancing the lives of their owners often in miraculous ways that science does not understand in spite of gathering high statistical relationships between health and owners. This well-written book is clearly for pet lovers who know inside their hearts the meaning of "harnessing the amazing ability of pets to make and keep people healthy ".
I am also a member of the Visiting Pet Program and the bond between our volunteers and their animals and what they hope to accomplish at every visit is extraordinary. Molly is a very special animal, a breed of her own, a "Gaffneyhound" who brings love and smiles to all she visits.
Our VPP group is proud of Molly and Lee, and you will enjoy the "tails" in this book about all of the special animals and their humans.
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