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The Possibility Dogs

What A Handful Of "unadoptables" Taught Me About Service, Hope, And Healing

By Susannah author. Charleson

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.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780547734934


Format: Book
Author: Charleson, Susannah author.
Summary: A tour of the psychiatric service dog industry traces the author's work with unwanted shelter dogs before matching them with people in need, documenting her own partnership with a search canine while sharing uplifting success stories.
Title: The possibility dogs : what a handful of "unadoptables" taught me about service, hope, and healing / Susannah Charleson.
Publisher Date: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Subject: Dog adoption Social behavior in animals Human-animal communication Human-animal relationships
Isbn: 9780547734934 (hardcover) 054773493X
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 4
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: 636.70832 Cha
Oclc: 823380625
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Bib Id: 437641

Format: Book
Author: Charleson, Susannah author.
Summary: A tour of the psychiatric service dog industry traces the author's work with unwanted shelter dogs before matching them with people in need, documenting her own partnership with a search canine while sharing uplifting success stories.
Title: The possibility dogs : what a handful of "unadoptables" taught me about service, hope, and healing / Susannah Charleson.
Publisher, Date: New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Description: 260 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Dog adoption
Subjects: Social behavior in animals
Subjects: Human-animal communication
Subjects: Human-animal relationships
ISBN: 9780547734934 (hardcover)
ISBN: 054773493X
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 4
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: 636.70832 Cha