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Every Dog Has a Gift by Rachel McPherson (Book Review 2010-33)

Every Dog Has A Gift:
True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope & Healing into Our Lives

By Rachel McPherson

Product Details
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Tarcher (March 18, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1585427956

Obtained From:  Publisher

Product Description From Amazon
Inspiring stories of dogs who do good.
Anyone who has ever had a relationship with a dog will tell you: They want nothing more than to give love and be loved in return. In Every Dog Has a Gift, Rachel McPherson draws on her experience as the founder and executive director of The Good Dog Foundation, the largest animal-assisted therapy organization on the East Coast, to share the amazing stories of dogs that bring hope and healing into our lives.
Much has been said about the heroic roles dogs played following September 11th and Hurricane Katrina in providing support and comfort for the families and victims of these terrible tragedies, but the truth is that millions of dogs around the world are heroes every day. These therapy and service dogs (and often quite ordinary, "uncertified" dogs just like your own!) can:
*serve as the perfect audience for kids who need help with practicing and improving their reading skills;
*hold troubled families together;
*provide a calm and centering presence for autistic children, and
*help individuals who have lost the ability to walk to more easily navigate the world.
Every Dog Has a Gift is a celebration of the gift that each and every dog possesses: the ability to bring the healing power of unconditional love into our lives.

About the Author
Rachel McPherson is the founder and executive director of The Good Dog Foundation. McPherson started the foundation in 1998 following a successful career in film and television. The Good Dog Foundation's central office is in New York City, and it also runs training programs in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

The Good Dog Foundation


What a wonderful and inspiring book this turned out to be.  The authors does a great job about explaining exactly what a service dog is, what they can do and how you can train your own dog.  The most important point of this book is that you don't need a special dog or a lot of special training to turn your own dog into a service dog.  

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  1. I'm a sucker for a book about animals. This looks great - thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to my attention!!

  2. I enjoyed your warm and informative review...After reading this and more on your site, I'm emailing you, as we'd like to send you a reader copy of the Planet Of The Dogs...first book in a series for kids and dog lovers.

  3. This sounds like a book I'd love. I had a dog who could predict my migraines. I think everyone has a story who has loved a dog. :)


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