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The Angel by My Side: The True Story of a Dog Who Saved a Man...and a Man Who Saved a Dog
     

The Angel by My Side: The True Story of a Dog Who Saved a Man...and a Man Who Saved a Dog

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by Mike Lingenfelter
 

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It was 1995, and Mike Lingenfelter was ready for his life to be over. Two serious heart attacks and open-heart surgery had taken away most of the good things that he had in his life. However, his doctors still held out hope for him, and they were trying to find ways to motivate him to get out of the house and exercise. Their vision was that an energetic dog on a leash

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It was 1995, and Mike Lingenfelter was ready for his life to be over. Two serious heart attacks and open-heart surgery had taken away most of the good things that he had in his life. However, his doctors still held out hope for him, and they were trying to find ways to motivate him to get out of the house and exercise. Their vision was that an energetic dog on a leash might do that for Mike. And so it was that this golden retriever named Dakota, who had been rescued from death himself, came to help Mike with his rehabilitative therapy. Eventually, Dakota became Mike's protector and his best friend, saving Mike's life several times after somehow learning how to alert Mike of oncoming heart crises. Dakota gave Mike back his dignity, his pride, and his life. Early on, it became evident to Mike that this wonderful 98-pound, red-haired, four-legged angel had a special gift: Dakota was a spirit guide, and it was Mike's duty to share him and the power of the human-animal bond. Ultimately, as part of that journey, one more miracle was needed, as Dakota fought a courageous and dignified battle for his own life.

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ISBN-13:
9781401932909
Publisher:
Hay House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
265,609
File size:
430 KB

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Angel by My Side: The True Story of a Dog Who Saved a Man...and a Man Who Saved a Dog 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was by chance that I came across this book. I have to honestly say this is the most touching story I have ever read and by far my favorite book. Mike had two heart attacks and a new disability that kept him from living the life he used to. He suffered from depression and lost his will to live. His psychiatrist suggested he get a dog to use as a therapy dog. He rescued a golden retriever named Dakota. Dakota was trained to be a therapy dog and soon became Mike's service dog as well. Dakota had an ability to detect when Mike was going to have an angina attack and alerted him to take medication before it turned into a full-blown heart attack. He started alerting others as well. Dakota became well known for his ability to sense this and the positive effect he had on everyone around him. Mike continued to take Dakota to places for Animal Assisted Therapy. Mike and Dakota worked with Delta Society to educate the public about the rights of people with disabilities to have service dogs. They quickly became ambassadors for service and therapy dog teams showing the world the power behind the human-animal bond. Through the life and eventually the death of Dakota, Mike learned the bigger purpose of his life and realized the significance of having a guardian angel by his side. I highly recommend this book to anyone who believes in the healing power of animals. I recommend this book to anyone who believes that some angels walk on four paws.
DrO More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that details the emotional interrelationship between a person and his special canine. The Angel by My Side is a great read for anyone who has ever had their life touched by a special dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. I truly believe a dog can change your life and this story proves it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Assistance dogs or if they just want to read a very heartwarming story. I also purchased another copy of this book for a gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly inspiring to see an animal behave in such an unselfish manner. Dakota's purpose in life was fully-served. A must read!!! WONDERFUL READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is on my top ten favorite book list. This book told the story of a man and his golden, and the bond that holds them together. The reality of this book tugs at my heart and when I read it, the hopes and the pains make tears in my eyes. This story helps you to understand the real bond between a man and a dog, and the love that goes with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful true story. I recommend anybody reading this book. It is enlightening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Very inspiring BUT keep the tissues handy!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Angel by My Side starts out well although some of the writing is amateurish and in need of editing. I like dog stories and, while I believe there are some truly exceptional and talented dogs, the bit with the pet psychic was a little spooky pooky and the author kind of lost me there. No, I don't believe angels inhabit canine bodies. Nope.
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Well i need to know how dakota died. Also if some people are looking for a book with dogs and dont want this one, another good book is racing in the rain.
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