The Possibility Dogs

The Possibility Dogs

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

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Scent of the Missing, comes a heartwarming and inspiring story that shows how dogs can be rescued and can rescue in return. For her first book, Susannah Charleson was praised for her unique insight into the kinship between humans and dogs, as revealed through canine search and rescue. In The Possibility Dogs Charleson chronicles her journey into the world of psychiatric-service and therapy dogs trained to serve the human mind, a journey that began as a personal one. After a particularly grisly search led to a struggle with PTSD, Charleson credits healing to her partnership with search dog Puzzle. Inspired by that experience and having met dogs formally trained to assist in such crises, 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. From black Lab puppy Merlin, once cast away in a garbage bag, who stabilizes his partner's panic attacks to Ollie, the blind and deaf terrier who soothes anxious children, to Jake Piper, the starving pit bull mix who goes from abandoned to irreplaceable, The Possibility Dogs illuminates a whole new world of canine potential.
Publisher: [United States] :, Blackstone Audio, Incorporated :, Made available through hoopla,, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781482912050
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 19 min.)) :,digital.
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AL_PATTYJI Nov 21, 2017

This is a great book for those who may be interested in training a dog for service or therapy work. The author has trained and provided service/therapy dogs for may people. I learned some good training information from her detailed descriptions of each of the dogs she has trained for herself or others. The "Possibility Dogs" are truly an amazing resource for those who need them.

Jul 24, 2015

Charleson does another good job describing how she found, saved, and trained Jake Piper, an "unadoptable" shelter dog that no one else wanted. As with her previous book about training Puzzle for search-and-rescue, the author reads this book herself and it is fun and fulfilling to listen to her. In this book, she's thinking about training a dog for psychiatric service, and under-served part of the disabled population. She interviews numerous people who need or have psych service dogs and by the publication of the book, she's started a nonprofit to help people who want to rescue and train their own service dogs. It's inspirational.

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