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A Dog Named Slugger
     

A Dog Named Slugger

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by Leigh Brill
 

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"Irresistible . . . Slugger is the heart and soul of the book, and his dedication, devotion, and love make him an unforgettable character." --Booklist

"Brill has written a fitting tribute to her special friend named Slugger." --Southern Lit Review

"A wonderful read for teens and adults." --School Library Journal

With him by her side, there were no

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"Irresistible . . . Slugger is the heart and soul of the book, and his dedication, devotion, and love make him an unforgettable character." --Booklist

"Brill has written a fitting tribute to her special friend named Slugger." --Southern Lit Review

"A wonderful read for teens and adults." --School Library Journal

With him by her side, there were no limits.

With hundreds of stellar reviews, including Booklist and School Library Journal, this heart-wrenching and heart-warming book (winner of the Epic nonfiction award) tells the inspiring story of cerebral palsy sufferer Leigh Brill and her service dog, Slugger. As a college student, Brill's battle with her affliction seemed lost. The pain and lack of mobility made an independent life seem impossible. But then she discovered the world of service dogs, and met Slugger. The big Golden Retriever transformed her life.

Leigh Brill published her first story at the age of 15; since then her writing has reached national and international audiences through publications including Chicken Soup to Inspire the Body&Soul, the Guideposts book Soul Menders, and the magazines, Just Labs: A Celebration of the Labrador Retriever, and Ability. Leigh has shared more than a decade of her life in the company of service dogs and continues to do so. She serves on the Board of Directors for Saint Francis Service Dogs, and lives with her family in rural Virginia. Find her on Facebook..

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935661085
Publisher:
BelleBooks Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
245,148
File size:
3 MB

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A Dog Named Slugger 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short/easy read, but incredible! You will fall in love with Slugger!!!
Dayna Wagner More than 1 year ago
This story is awsomeim ten and i have 4 dogs and i never seen or heard of a dog like slugger
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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A man's best friend is his dog. But what about a woman with cerebral palsy? For Leigh Brill, her service dog "Slugger" was not only her best friend, but a life saver. Leigh Brill grew up dealing with the physical limitations of her cerebral palsy. Teasing from classmates was part of her daily school routine while her parents didn't like to discuss her "condition." By the time she was in college, mobility was becoming an issue. When her doctor told her it was time to consider a wheelchair, Leigh left his office and broke down in tears. She couldn't bear the thought of relinquishing her freedom and resigning herself to a wheelchair - in her eyes, giving up. One day while attending class, Leigh met another disabled woman, Anne, who had a service dog. The dog lay quietly under his owner's desk during class but at one point, Leigh saw the dog pushing a pen along the floor. She thought it was cute until she saw the dog pick up the pen and hand it to Anne. Leigh's amusement turned to amazement and after class, she asked Anne about her service dog. During the conversation, Anne suggested Leigh consider getting a trained dog. That advice turned into a life changing suggestion as Leigh's eventual service dog, Slugger, gave Leigh the freedom and independence that she so desperately desired. Life with Slugger proved to be quite entertaining. There are many stories in this book about how he kept a smile on his owner's face through the years. One of his best exploits was a result of his love of rolling in horse and cow excrement. One day, while still fairly new to Leigh's life, he snuck off to a nearby cow farm to enjoy the local "flavor." Returning as a brown, rather than yellow Lab, Leigh had her work cut out for her to clean her companion, particularly since he hated baths. Fortunately, he loved being towel-dried afterwards. There are also emotional roller-coaster episodes recounted due to peoples' lack of understanding of both Leigh and her service dog. There's the job offer that came with the requirement that she leave her dog at home and the stranger in the post office who teased Slugger to try and get him to take a tennis ball and leave Leigh's side. However, the amazing abilities of Slugger are what truly changed Leigh's life as well as the deep bond the pair developed during their time together. The affable Labrador could pick up and retrieve objects on command, steady Leigh as they walked in a store or outside on uneven ground, and he's even credited with introducing Leigh to her future husband (in a doggie way). While aiding his partner, Slugger also taught Leigh how to let go of her fears. Tackling stairs had always been something she'd feared, having taken so many tumbles down them in the past, but with Slugger by her side, stairs were now surmountable. A Dog Named Slugger is a very enjoyable, surprisingly upbeat tale of the remarkable talents and loyalty service dogs bestow on their owners. The writing style is relaxed, as if the author is telling her story to a good friend over a cup of coffee and makes for fast reading. I particularly enjoyed the various words of wisdom Leigh shared with readers such as, "some gifts must change hands in order to change a life," (when talking about Slugger's trainer handing his leash over to Leigh) and "the purest devotion can pass from one heart to another without a sound." Quill says: A very heartwarming book about the love and devotion a service dog and his owner shared.
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