The Possibility Dogs

The Possibility Dogs

What A Handful of "unadoptables" Taught Me About Service, Hope, and Healing

Book - 2013
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An inspiring story that shows how dogs can be rescued, and can rescue in return.

With her critically acclaimed, bestselling first book, Scent of the Missing , Susannah Charleson was widely praised for her unique insight into the kinship between humans and dogs, as revealed through her work in canine search and rescue alongside her partner, golden retriever Puzzle.

Now, in The Possibility Dogs , Charleson journeys into the world of psychiatric service, where dogs aid humans with disabilities that may be unseen but are no less felt. This work had a profound effect on Charleson, perhaps because, for her, this journey began as a personal one: Charleson herself struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder for months after a particularly grisly search. Collaboration with her search dog partner made the surprising difference to her own healing. Inspired by that experience, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope.
Along the way she comes to see canine potential everywhere, often where she least expects it - from Merlin the chocolate lab puppy with the broken tail once cast away in a garbage bag, who now stabilizes his partner's panic attacks; to Ollie, the blind and deaf terrier, rescued moments before it was too late, who now soothes anxious children; to Jake Piper, the starving pit bull terrier mix with the wayward ears who is transformed into a working service dog and, who, for Charleson, goes from abandoned to irreplaceable.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
ISBN: 9780547734934
Branch Call Number: 636. 70832 CHA C
Characteristics: 260 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

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miaone
Jan 08, 2017

One of the best books I ever read. Upon completing it, I immediately read it again. I will probably buy it for myself and for several friends and for a local library that doesn't have a copy. If you like books about animals, if you like animals, if you like tenderness and kindness, read this book. If you want to know more about how dogs are being trained to work with humans on many levels, read this book. If your brain and heart like being challenged at the same time, read this book.

ChristchurchLib Aug 20, 2013

"After an extremely harrowing search-and-rescue that involved dogs that had been tortured, author Susannah Charleson developed a stress-related disorder. She later noticed that her own dog helped pull her out of episodes of anxiety, and she became interested in psychiatric service dogs. The Possibility Dogs relates her discoveries about the work of dogs trained to help people with psychological disorders and explains how she learned to identify suitable dogs and train them herself. Her memoir also provides moving accounts of particular dogs and their successes in helping humans with especially challenging problems." August 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=667868

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dogfancier
Aug 03, 2013

A well-written book by someone who has experience with dogs and their training, assistance dogs, and dog rescue work.

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pquinns
Jul 22, 2014

A book about how dogs rescued from shelters help people through tough situations in life.

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