Books: The Dog Who Healed a Family

Millions cherish their pets, but for the favored few, rare encounters with extraordinary animals can change their lives. In THE DOG WHO HEALED A FAMILY (Harlequin; August 2010; $12.95, trade paperback original), veteran animal writer Jo Coudert gathers the at-turns endearing, hilarious, and inspiring stories of special animal and human relationships that have pushed the boundaries of care and nurturing, and led to extraordinary bonds of love.

A frequent contributor to such national periodicals as The Reader’s Digest and Woman’s Day, Coudert has unearthed eighteen heartfelt stories that span the country as they track the adventures and misadventures of a variety of domesticated and wild animals and their often unusual human encounters.

Not-so-ordinary household pets take center stage in many of Coudert’s stories, such as:

· A German shepherd, adopted by a teenager with terminal cancer, outlives the boy and becomes the “Good Shepherd” for untold other children suffering with chronic and life-threatening diseases.

· Another shepherd travels the world as a rescue dog, lending its keenly trained senses to helping find survivors of earthquakes and other natural disasters.

· One aging dog was so beloved by its relocated family that a “puppy express,” modeled on the old Pony Express, was organized to reunite them.

Jo Coudert is the author of nine books, including Seven Cats and the Art of Living and The Good Shepherd. A lifelong animal lover, she lives in Califon, New Jersey.

One Response to “Books: The Dog Who Healed a Family”

  1. JEn says:

    I just read part of the excerpt that Harlequin has on their website… my eyes are finally drying from the emotions the two (2) printed pages caused and Snoopy hasn’t even reached the Topps yet! At some point and time this week I am going to need to get this book, because even “if” it has a happy ending, I won’t be satisfied in knowing the ending result for certain until I read it myself from start to finish. The story so far reminds me of some of the families after Hurricane Katrina blew through the south and flooded out a lot of families who were unwilling to leave their pets behind and some folks who were willing to give the family pets back to those who were forced to stay in “no pet” places. It’s about human kindness, strength of all family ties, taking risks and hoping for a better outcome, and most importantly never quitting.
    Thanks to Jo Coudert for writing such an inspirational book, and for the make believe (?) puppy express that aids Snoopy in getting back to the Topps.

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