A decade ago, former military counterintelligence officer Terry Henry joined his precocious young daughter, Kyria, on a trip to a nursing home in order to allow its residents to play with their family dog, a golden retriever named riley. Terry was astounded by the transformations that unfolded before his eyes. Soon after, Terry and Kyria started their service dog organization, paws4people, with the goal of pairing dogs with human beings in need of healing, including traumatized and wounded war veterans and children living with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.
In A Dog's Gift, award-winning journalist and author Bob Drury movingly captures the story of a year in the life of paws4people and the broken bodies and souls the organization mends. The book follows the journey of pups bred by the organization from their loving, if rigorous, early training to an emotional event that terry and Kyria have christened "the bump," where each individual service dog chooses its new owner through an almost mystical connection that ignites the healing process. incorporating vivid storytelling, insights into canine wisdom, history, science, and moving tales of personal transformation, A Dog's Gift is a story of miracles bound to be embraced by not only the 60 million Americans who own dogs, but by anyone with a full heart and a loving soul.
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About the Author
Bob Drury is a contributing editor at Men's Health and the author, coauthor, and editor of multiple bestselling nonfiction books. He lives in Manasquan, NJ.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: An Accidental Destiny ix
Chapter 1 Birth 1
Chapter 2 Emilia 29
Chapter 3 The Cheerleader 49
Chapter 4 The Slammer (1) 71
Chapter 5 The Slammer (2) 97
Chapter 6 Volunteers of Virginia 123
Chapter 7 The Bump (1) 145
Chapter 8 The Bump (2) 167
Chapter 9 Stone Mountain 195
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