Review: A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home

Posted on August 21, 2013

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dog walks home coverA Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher
By Sue Halpern
Riverhead Books
May 2013
320 pages

At a crossroads in her life, author Sue Halpern decides to train her free-spirited Labradoodle, Pransky to be a therapy dog at the local county nursing home. Pransky’s natural talent and training provide an opening for Halpern into the lives of the residents. Throughout the book, she intertwines their stories with her own observations about the aging and dying process. At the core of it all she explores her own philosophy about what it means to live a good life. There’s no doubt that Pransky’s visits made a stunning impact on the residents’ emotional well-being, though I wish Halpern had included more of those fascinating interactions. For anyone contemplating therapy dog training, especially in nursing home care, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home provides an intimate and inspiring view of what to expect from the staff, the residents, the dog, and perhaps one’s own self. ~ Copyright (c) 2013 by Peggy Tibbetts

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Crazy Bitch is one book dog lovers won’t want to put down.”

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