The Possibility Dogs

The Possibility Dogs

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

Large Print - 2013
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After a particularly grisly canine search-and-rescue mission led to a struggle with PTSD, Susannah Charleson credits her 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, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, [2013]
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410459510
Branch Call Number: L.P. 636.7083 Cha
Characteristics: 491 pages (large print), [8] pages of photos : illustrations ; 23 cm


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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

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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Jul 22, 2014

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


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