Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional LoveeBook - 2016
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 (3z(Btoo disabled.(3y (BHer 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. (3z(BHow many people are stranded like I was,(3y (Bshe wondered, (3z(Bwho would lead productive lives if only they had a dog?(3y (BA 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. Author 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, the book is a compassionate exploration into our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love.
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