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In addition to having one of the most fetching titles of the month, Sue Halpern's A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home recreates the stories of multiple personal transformations. It all began when Halperin's daughter Sophie went off to the college. With her husband (writer/activist Bill McKibben) already away much of the time, Sue and her Labradoodle Pransky felt understandably forlorn. It did not take Sue long to come up with a timely solution: She and her four-legged friend would win certification as a therapy dog team. Once they went work at a public nursing home, the real fun began. With the acumen of a natural writer, Halpern (Four Wings and a Prayer; Can't Remember What I Forgot) describes how Pransky and elderly people at the home formed relationships of touching rapport. Heart tugs and sweet smiles.