A Dog Named Boo by Lisa J. Edwards
Since bringing home Odin, the English bulldog who has stolen my heart (and most of my food), I’ve found myself consumed with a love for all dogs, and a deep desire to rescue any who are less fortunate than my spoiled canine prince. Unfortunately, adding another dog to our already hectic lives wouldn’t be good for anyone, so I try to appease that side of me by reading books of people who do get to rescue dogs, and the amazing things that happen. Lisa J. Edwards’ A Dog Named Boo is one such story.
When Edwards comes upon an abandoned litter in a pet store on Halloween, she knows she doesn’t need a new puppy (nor does her recently ill husband want her to have a new puppy), but she’s immediately taken by the runt of the litter who constantly runs into the sides of the box. She brings Boo home to her two current dogs, Atticus and Dante, and the helpless puppy soon finds himself a permanent member of her heart.
She feels a connection with Boo, as she too deals with past abuse and chronic joint pain, but struggles to get him to learn basic commands, such as becoming house broken. After her brother is diagnosed with ALS, she decides Boo would make a perfect therapy dog for him. Unfortunately, things don’t work out, but in the process, she learns Boo in fact has special needs that limit his eyesight and mobility. Once she learns to tailor her training around Boo’s limitations, she discovers the full potential of this “dune” of the obedience class.
As Edwards becomes more and more involved in various dog therapy programs, Boo helps improve the lives of countless people, including a young girl with severely limited mobility, a young mute boy, and various school children who struggle with reading and other developmental disabilities.
I was very moved by all the good Boo, along with Lisa, did for so many people. Much of this story takes place in the early 2000s, when research for the positive effect dogs can have in all kinds of situations was still new and limited, so it was interesting to watch people become believers simply by witnessing Boo’s remarkable work.
Perhaps the best part of the book, for me anyway, was how inspired I felt after reading it (as nonfiction of this type should do to a reader). I desperately want to get Odin involved in some sort of animal assisted therapy or education, one because I know how much he would enjoy the attention, but also because I know that, like Boo, Odin’s charm could make someone with a terminal illness smile for the first time in days or relax a child nervous to be reading in front of a group.
Add A Dog Named Boo to your shelves today, so animal lovers, animal trainers, and anyone interested in animal assisted therapy can read the story of this amazing dog who overcame all odds, plus changed the lives of so many, including his owners.
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