Dear Kilroy: A Dog to Guide Us

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From a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, an inspirational look at how dogs reflect our human values and bring joy to our lives

Some of the best teachers in this world have four legs and bark. Dogs help us make friends, transcend tragedies, grieve the loss of loved ones and just plain enjoy life. According to researchers, pets improve our human immune-system functions-a fancy way to say they make us feel good. In this delightful book, one special dog, Kilroy, is dropped ...

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Overview

From a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, an inspirational look at how dogs reflect our human values and bring joy to our lives

Some of the best teachers in this world have four legs and bark. Dogs help us make friends, transcend tragedies, grieve the loss of loved ones and just plain enjoy life. According to researchers, pets improve our human immune-system functions-a fancy way to say they make us feel good. In this delightful book, one special dog, Kilroy, is dropped from the guide dogs for the blind program and becomes instead the pet of Alice.The love he brings into her life eases her through a very difficult time-the dissolution of her 18-year marriage. Kilroy becomes her guide as she made her journey from grief to new happiness. Dear Kilroy celebrates this magical relationship between people and dogs and teaches us how to become better human beings.

About the Author:
NORA VITZ HARRISON is a volunteer puppy-raising leader for Guide Dogs for the Blind and active in animal-welfare organizations. She has been a writer for corporate America since 1979. Her human-interest essays have appeared in The Oregonian newspaper and other publications. She lives in Oregon with her husband and her dog, Riley. When she is not writing, she loves to hike which is Riley's favorite hobby, too.
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Every year, more than 900 puppies are born in the Guide Dogs for the Blind breeding program. Only about 38 percent of them complete training and become working "seeing eye" dogs. However, the remaining 62 percent, adopted into loving homes, often touch lives in ways not planned by their breeders. The author, a longtime puppy raiser for Guide Dogs and a volunteer for humane societies in California, tells how one such "change of career" pup, Kilroy, came into her sister's life at a time when she most needed the protection and unconditional love that a dog can give. Harrison also recounts examples of how working guide dogs change the lives of the blind people whose safety and independence are entrusted to them. Finally, she tells the story of the shelter dog whose presence helped her father to cope with loss and move on with his life. Harrison accomplishes her goal in brief anecdotes and funny, heartwarming, imaginary correspondence between Kilroy and her own dog. Recommended (with a tissue alert) for public libraries.-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931868396
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/25/2003
  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Vitz Harrison is a volunteer puppy-raising leader for Guide Dogs for the Blind and active in animal-welfare organizations. She has been a writer for corporate America since 1979. Her human-interest essays have appeared in "The Oregonian" newspaper and other publications. She lives in Oregon with her husband and her dog, Riley. When she is not writing, she loves to hike which is Riley’s favorite hobby, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2007

    Fond Memories & Tears

    What a wonderful story about our best friends. It brought tears and fond memories of our first Golden Retriever, Riley. He was adopted but developed a severe medical problem. Riley poured out his heart with love. I would recommend this book to anyone who owns a dog, owned a dog, wants to own a dog, or is wondering what it would be like to own a dog. You will fall in love with Kilroy and his friend, Riley. It is a touching story of friendship and bonding and the service Guide Dogs provide to those in need. Definitely a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2004

    Dear Kilroy Opens Hearts

    For those of us who have a compassion for animals and the people who need them, 'Dear Kilroy' is a must have book. Through pictures, stories and letters, the author gives us a glimpse into the hearts of both people and animals and reminds us just how much we really need one another. If you're an animal lover, rescuer, trainer or if you just enjoy a book which is inspiring--you will love this book. 'Dear Kilroy' is the number one gift for all my animal-loving friends this Christmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    A Book to Touch Your Heart

    I have just finished reading Dear Kilroy. From the first few words, I knew that I didn't want this book to end. I was totally immersed in every page. Harrison's ability to put emotions into such descriptive language left me yearning to cuddle my own dogs. It's beautifully written with equally expressive photos. I can't remember a book that has touched my heart in such a meaningful way as Dear Kilroy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Lessons for Life

    I am a teacher. 'Dear Kilroy' is a terrific book for the classroom. Through stories and photos about dogs, the author shares meaningful lessons about human relations. Students can relate easily to the stories--they 'get' it. The story 'Riley's Eye' is particularly good for discussing tolerance and acceptance. The book is also an excellent example of evocative storytelling; the writing is descriptive yet tight. Every word counts. 'Dear Kilroy' is not a children's book, but it is appropriate for all ages. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    A Book About Life, Love, and Becoming Better Humans

    Nora Vitz Harrison's collection of inspirational stories, photographs and imaginary correspondence captures the magic of the human-canine bond. The common characters among the stories tie the book together so one story flows to the next. I sat down to read the introduction and discovered several hours later that I had read the entire book in one sitting. As I read, I came to care for each of the characters, both human and canine. I yearned for a happy ending for all of them. But Harrison's very personal book is true to life; not every story has a happy ending. While DEAR KILROY elicited tears, it also made me laugh out loud many times. It may be about dogs -- guide dogs, animal-shelter dogs and pet dogs -- but DEAR KILROY is more than a 'dog' book. It is a book about life, love and becoming better humans. As I read the last page, I felt uplifted, and I was reminded of the very important lessons our animal friends can teach us if we would just pay attention. DEAR KILROY has become my gift of choice to all my clients and animal-loving friends. A beautiful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    Heartwarming canine insight!

    DEAR KILROY is about making connections in life that are meaningful and lasting. I found myself melting in my chair as I read it. I could not put it down. In a compelling and heartfelt way, it reminds us what we need to do ¿ laugh more, love more, live more. The stories shared are personal; they provide relevant life lessons learned from canine companions ¿ touching and heartwarming. For seven years I was a mental health therapist and I wish I had this book to give to my clients. It is a self-help book in the truest sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    Dear Kilroy - Straight from the Heart

    Dear Kilroy is a collection of wonderful and provocative stories of adventure, sharing and unconditional love. It's a treasure.

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