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The Underdogs : Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love
by Melissa Fay Greene


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From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief, emotional, physical, and cognitive disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Read more...


 
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Overview

From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief, emotional, physical, and cognitive disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Underdogs tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age twenty-four by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as a ventilator-dependent, immobile patient, who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was -too disabled.- Her nurse encouraged her to tone down the suicidal thoughts, find a puppy, and raise her own service dog. Karen did this, and Ben, a German shepherd, dragged her back into life. -How many people are stranded like I was, - she wondered, -who would lead productive lives if only they had a dog?-

A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen Shirk's service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Long shunned by scientists as a manmade, synthetic species, and oft- referred to as -Man's Best Friend- almost patronizingly, dogs are finally paid respectful attention by a new generation of neuroscientists and animal behaviorists. Melissa Fay Greene weaves the latest scientific discoveries about our co-evolution with dogs with Karen's story and a few exquisitely rendered stories of suffering children and their heartbroken families.

Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, what could have been merely touching is a penetrating, compassionate exploration of larger questions: about our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062218513
  • ISBN-10: 0062218514
  • Publisher: Ecco Press
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds


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Books > Pets > Dogs - General
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Books > Biography & Autobiography > People with Disabilities

 
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