By Sue Halpern
A layabout mutt grew to become remedy puppy leads her proprietor to a brand new realizing of the nice life.
At free ends along with her daughter leaving domestic and her husband at the highway, Sue Halpern determined to offer herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a brand new leash—er, lease—on existence via getting the 2 of them qualified as a treatment puppy staff. clever, lively, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky became out to be not just a good therapist yet an unerring ethical compass. within the not likely sounding enviornment of a public nursing domestic, she led her teammate right into a sequence of encounters with the citizens that exposed depths of heat, humor, and perception Halpern hadn’t anticipated. And bit by bit, their adventures increased and illuminated Halpern’s feel of what advantage is and does—how acts of kindness remodel the giver in addition to the given-to.
Funny, relocating, and profound, A puppy Walks right into a Nursing house is the tale of ways one trustworthy, charitable, loving, and occasionally prudent mutt—showing nice desire, fortitude, and reticence alongside the best way (the occasional begged or stolen deal with notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning girl the genuine nature and pleasures of the nice existence.
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But you will read, observe, seek advice, and learn. And you will never be mocked by your charge when you do something stupid. In the end, you take a leap of faith. Dog is love. 2. WILL GETTING A DOG CHANGE MY LIFE DRAMATICALLY? Yes, and irrevocably—but in a good way. Unless you have a tiny, flinty heart, in which case you shouldn’t inflict your mean self on a dog or any other living creature. 3. I READ THAT AMERICANS SPENT MORE THAN $20 BILLION ON DOGS LAST YEAR. WHAT MAKES US SO GAGA ABOUT THEM?
Feed him, hang out with him, take him outside, let him know you’re around—but don’t crowd him. If your dog is outnumbered by humans in your household, have each family member approach individually rather than en masse. DON’T GET HUNG UP ON DETAILS What I remember most vividly about Frankie’s first days with me was feeling overwhelmed. Well-meaning friends would recommend the best places to shop for inexpensive flea and tick medication while I was struggling with the big picture: that there was an alien creature in my house who didn’t appear to like me.
5. Don’t support puppy mills. Observing the first, second, and fourth rules will help maintain your dog’s health; honoring the fourth and fifth will ensure you good karma; and following the second and third will go a long way toward keeping you from boring your dog. Which is only fair. Your dog may amuse you with his antics, amaze you with his wisdom, and, occasionally, fill you with fear or anguish, but he definitely won’t bore you. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Frankie, naturally, was my prime source of information and inspiration for this book, but many other dogs and their companion humans also contributed a great deal.
A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher by Sue Halpern