A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

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by Sue Halpern
     
 

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At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an…  See more details below

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At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn't expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern's sense of what virtue is and does—how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to.

Funny, moving, and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent mutt—showing great hope, fortitude, and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.

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"Time and again, anecdotes bolster her contention that in places where 'life is in the balance,' it is possible to get to the essentials about human nature." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410459947
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/11/2013
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999, with more than two hundred to her credit. Honored to be included in AudioFile's Best Voices and Speaking of Audiobooks's Best Romance Audio 2012 and 2013, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and Library Journal starred reviews.

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A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow.  What an amazing book!  Regardless of whether you are a dog lover or not, this book is filled with great stories and heartfelt emotion  The author provides a wonderful  insight into the human condition.  Each chapter deals with a different virtue (love, hope, charity, fortitude etc.,) which the residents of the nursing home that the author and therapy dog visit  beautifully encompass.   When I received this book, I started reading it and completed it one afternoon.  Simple, but profound.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sue Halpem is a smarty, witty writer and she doesn't disappoint with her newest book, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home. The writing is top notch. The characters are well developed. The dialog is interesting. The plot is nicely put together. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well organized and a delight to read. Easy reading and good for all ages.
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SusanMDM More than 1 year ago
The book was educational, funny, sad, and well-written. I especially liked the way the author organized the chapters. I shared this book with my son who wants his dog to become a therapy dog.
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