From the author of the critically acclaimed
bestseller, Scent of the Missing, comes a heartwarming and inspiring
story that shows how dogs can be rescued and can rescue in return.
For her first
book, Susannah Charleson was praised for her unique insight into the kinship
between humans and dogs, as revealed through canine search and rescue. In The
Possibility Dogs Charleson chronicles her journey into the world of
psychiatric-service and therapy dogs trained to serve the human mind, a journey
that began as a personal one. After a particularly grisly search led to a
struggle with PTSD, Charleson credits healing to her partnership with search
dog Puzzle. Inspired by that experience and having met dogs formally trained to
assist in such crises, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service
potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and how to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring
intelligence, comfort, and hope.
From black Lab puppy Merlin, once cast away in
a garbage bag, who stabilizes his partner’s panic attacks to Ollie, the blind
and deaf terrier who soothes anxious children, to Jake Piper, the starving pit bull mix who goes from abandoned to irreplaceable, The Possibility Dogs illuminates
a whole new world of canine potential.
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