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

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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 ...

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

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452662107
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/16/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Halpern is the author of Four Wings and a Prayer, Migrations to Solitude, and two books of fiction, and she is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College.

Karen White has been narrating and directing audiobooks for more than a dozen years and has well over one hundred books to her credit. Honored to be included among AudioFile's Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration and direction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Wow.  What an amazing book!  Regardless of whether you are a dog

    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.   

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

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    Sue Halpem is a smarty, witty writer and she doesn't disappoint

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Heartwarming

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Very well organized and a delight to read. Easy reading and goo

    Very well organized and a delight to read. Easy reading and good for all ages.

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