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DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Every Dog Has a Gift by Rachel McPherson


As anyone who has ever gotten home after a long, hard day and been greeted by their dog and that soulful look of adoration will tell you: Dog love is one of the best kinds of love there is. In Every Dog Has a Gift, founder and executive director of The Good Dog Foundation Rachel McPherson explores the inspiring work that dogs are doing to help humans cope with a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional problems. 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):
-bring their healing presence into hospitals and hospice centers;
-provide a calm and centering "home base" for autistic children; and
-serve as the perfect audience for kids who need help practicing and improving their reading skills.
In telling these stories, Every Dog Has a Gift pays homage to 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 founder and director of The Good Dog Foundation, which runs training programs in New York (in NYC, Westchester, and upstate), New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (October 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158542899X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428991

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  1. I would love to train Rhett to be a therapy dog. Just got an email from someone at work about training for therapy dogs and I'm thinking about signing up for it.

  2. When my mom was in a nursing home, I took Schatze there at least three times a week. She was the perfect size for it and loves the attention. We finished the first round of training but never finished. I should probably go back and get her certified. The process is not as bad as it looks.


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