Ginger's Gift: Hope and Healing Through Dog Companionship

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When Michelle Linn-Gust and her husband, Joe, brought Chaco, a charmingly neurotic mutt, to live with them, they didn't realize what they were getting into. Michelle had grown up in a close-knit dog-loving family, but owning a dog in her own home was a new experience. Not long after she and Joe became dog parents, Joe suffered a traumatic brain injury when a drunk driver crashed into his truck. Before long, the Linn-Gusts had four dogs, the maximum number allowed by the City of Albuquerque, and they couldn't seem...
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Overview

When Michelle Linn-Gust and her husband, Joe, brought Chaco, a charmingly neurotic mutt, to live with them, they didn't realize what they were getting into. Michelle had grown up in a close-knit dog-loving family, but owning a dog in her own home was a new experience. Not long after she and Joe became dog parents, Joe suffered a traumatic brain injury when a drunk driver crashed into his truck. Before long, the Linn-Gusts had four dogs, the maximum number allowed by the City of Albuquerque, and they couldn't seem to stop acquiring dogs. Whether Michelle was out running a road race or Joe was doing relief work following Hurricane Katrina, they opened their arms to "just one more." With no room for more dogs at their house, they set to finding a dog for Michelle's mother in Chicago. What they didn't realize was that the yellow Labrador dog wouldn't ever meet Michelle's Dad, the one person against having a dog in the house. Suddenly, Ginger's importance in Michelle's mom's life would be more than anyone could explain.

In Ginger's Gift Michelle tells the story of their lives as dog owners and of the ways that dogs have helped her and Joe through the difficult passages that all humans must face.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780972331821
  • Publisher: Chellehead Works
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Michelle Linn-Gust is an international author and speaker about suicide prevention and postvention issues. She is the author of Ginger's Gift: Hope and Healing Through Dog Companionship. Her first book, Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven? Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling, inspired siblings around the world in their survival after a loved one's suicide. She currently serves as the Survivor Division Chair for the American Association of Suicidology. She earned her doctorate in Family Studies at the University of New Mexico where her dissertation study focused on how people use a dog to help them cope with the death of a human loved one. She is a co-chair of the Postvention Taskforce for the International Association for Suicide Prevention. She divides her time between Naperville, Illinois, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband, Joe Gust, and their four dogs: Chaco, Nestle, Daisy, and Hattie. Visit her at gingersgift.com and siblingsurvivors.com.
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