Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Possibility Dogs

The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson
Publisher - Mariner Books
Publish Date - June 2014
Genre - Non-Fiction

My Rating:

I was gifted this book for Christmas by a co-worker. We are both dog lovers and many of our conversations seemed to find their way back to our four-legged friends. I don't read a whole lot of non-fiction but my co-worker raved about Charleson's other book "Scent of the Missing" and thought I would enjoy this one.

The Possibility Dogs is about how Charleson learns that her relationship with her search and rescue dog,
Puzzle, is much deeper than just a work relationship. This realization inspires her and she begins to delve into the world of service dogs.

She not only learns and gets involved with the service dog world, she focuses on taking abandoned shelter dogs and pairing them with people who could benefit most from a service dog pairing.

Charleson tells so many heartwarming stories about dogs she meets in shelters, people that already have service dogs and of her own dogs, Puzzle included. 

She ends up with an unlikely friend and service partner in Jake Piper, a scraggly, abandoned stray that was given a second chance at life. It's Jake Piper who turns out to be just what Charleson needed in her life.

This book was so much more than just the science
and process behind how a service dog comes to be. It makes you think, it makes you laugh and it makes you cry. The way that Charleson tells her stories and the dog's stories is captivating. It makes you really feel and understand the depth and importance of dog/human interaction. 

If you love dogs, want to know more about the healing powers they can bring or just love a heartwarming true story then read this book. You simply won't be able to put it down.

Pair This With: Portrait of a Mutt Zinfandel

I had to find a good "doggie" wine out there to share with you all and this Zin is just the ticket. It's fruit forward, medium-bodied and smooth. This wine comes from Mutt Lynch Winery and a portion of proceeds from every bottle sold goes to help local rescue organizations - how can you go wrong!?

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