Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times [NOOK Book]

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Heartwarming, inspirational and genuinely touching, Finding Harmony is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary dog that rescued a woman from the depths of depression and transformed a family for ever.A keen mountaineer, Sally Hyder was in her prime and loving life. She shared her passion for climbing with her partner Andrew and it was a dream come true when Andrew proposed at Everest Base Camp. For them, climbing mountains made anything seem possible and represented their attitude to life.But a year after ...
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Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times

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Heartwarming, inspirational and genuinely touching, Finding Harmony is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary dog that rescued a woman from the depths of depression and transformed a family for ever.A keen mountaineer, Sally Hyder was in her prime and loving life. She shared her passion for climbing with her partner Andrew and it was a dream come true when Andrew proposed at Everest Base Camp. For them, climbing mountains made anything seem possible and represented their attitude to life.But a year after Sally and Andrew were married Sally was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was only 28 and was training to be a Macmillan nurse - she wanted to care for the terminally ill. But Sally was determined the disease wouldn't slow her down: she went back to work looking after others and, despite warnings that her condition could deteriorate in pregnancy, went on to have three beautiful children.But it was when her youngest child Melissa was diagnosed with severe autism that Sally began to spiral into depression. Sally felt guilty about the pressures faced by her elder daughter Clara in her role as carer. Sally worried that she was missing out on the freedom of childhood.She needed help. Unsure who to turn to, she happened upon Canine Partners and an extraordinary dog called Harmony. They formed an instant bond; Harmony can perform over 100 chores - from putting groceries into the trolley to handing over Sally's purse at the till. Harmony is an unending source of comfort: she intuitively knows when Sally is in pain and calms Melissa when she suffers panic attacks.Harmony has given Sally the ability to start living once more, and become a mother again in her own way. She has shown Sally that the sky's the limit and, with a taste for independence that she hadn't felt since her mountaineering days, Sally's sights are set on the peaks of Ben Nevis once more.In August 2010 Sally planned to climb the hardest of the Munro Mountains. Sadly her attempt was thwarted after her motorised wheelchair short-circuited. But Sally is a fighter and is training for her second attempt, which she will complete with her husband by her side. And Harmony too, of course.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007393596
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/10/2011
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 62,270
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sally Hyder was only 28 years old when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was a keen mountaineer and had been training to be a Macmillan nurse to care for the terminally ill. Now confined to a wheelchair, Sally has help with everyday tasks from her Canine Partner, Harmony, who has enabled Sally to lead an independent life. Sally lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Andrew, her three children and Harmony.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Finding hamony

    Sweet loving andto care and show

    7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Harmonyyy

    Awww thats so sweet! I didnt get how she became a widow tho... prob cuz i only read the sample

    4 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Love it

    Love the dog soooo cute

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Cutie puppy on the cover

    This book was awesome!!!!! LOVE THE PUPPIE!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Stick With It to the End!

    I am struggling with what to say in this review. Along with other reviewers, I had a hard time getting through the first half. I, too, thought I'd be reading a book about a dog and this was more a book about Sally Hyder's life...both before and after learning she had MS. At times I thought I didn't care about the early years, hurry up and get to the dog part. I also felt frustrated by how the story jumped around and was sometimes hard to follow. Once I realized this is more like reading her sometimes very personal diary (or a long letter to a friend), I relaxed and just went with it. In the end, I was glad I had stuck with it. Sally has had more challenges than some of us will ever have and she has gotten through all of them. I loved her sense of humor. It's a beautiful illustration of how her partner dog, Harmony, changes life not just for her but for her entire family. It paints a picture of how someone who has to rely on people for the everyday things we take for granted can suddenly realize some independence. But best of all, it's a great story about how someone/anyone can choose to overcome adversity and take on challenges that seem impossible. For me, the end made it all worth reading! Charge on, Sally!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Wonderful book!!

    I can't imagine being in a wheelchair all the time! It is amazing how a dog can make a person feel almost independent again. Not having to depend on others for everything is wonderful. What the trainers do to teach these animals is also amazing to me. Such patients and determination! This was a great read to me and hope others will read it and understand what the handicapped must go through in life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    This book is just not well written. It's a nice story, but very

    This book is just not well written. It's a nice story, but very short and simple sentences.
    I kept reading it expecting more. The dog doesn't even come into account until half way through the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Just okay

    Although Harmony is a remarkable helper, found this book to be more about the author's life than the dog's.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Interesting story, tepid writing

    This story of how a service dog inspired a Scottish family is quite interesting, but suffers from poor organization and a lack of editting. A ghost writer would have helped. There is WAAAY too much background about the author's life - Harmony, the service dog from the title, doesn't make an appearance until half-way through the book. A couple of chapters would have been sufficient to set the stage for Harmony's appearance and impact on the family. The narrative of Harmony's abilities as a service animal is interesting but a somewhat bumpy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Agarner

    I enjoyed this book,beginning to end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    loved book

    loved book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    plz read

    I havent read the book being honest but from what all my friends have told me i would save up for a better book plz younger pep or older dont waste you money!

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    &king

    &hot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Sage

    The huge bear surveyed her land standing on her hill

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Finding understanding through Finding Harmony

    Finding Harmony was a personal read for me. This book helped me to find a way to express to myself & my family how I feel about my own MS. Sally Hyder brought tears to not only my eyes but my mothers as well. I decided to share with those I love the inner workings of my journey through Finding Harmony...I'd say they have a better understanding now & for that I am grateful. So, thank you Ms. Hyder for sharing your journey, your fears, & your inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    This is an inspirational book by an awesome woman who refused to

    This is an inspirational book by an awesome woman who refused to let her disability get the better of her. I loved every page of it, but especially
    her accounts of acquiring Harmony and what a difference this remarkable dog made in her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    awesome book

    very good book-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Great book

    I really liked this book. It is about a lady named Sally who has MS and she finds this dog named Harmony who helps her overcome her desease and her family helps her out too. She has a handicapped child too. It is a good book for any dog.lover and their ability to help others. So please read this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    really enjoyed

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    This is an awesome story. I have several friends with this horrible disease. I bought a hard cover for one of them to enjoy.

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