Friday, May 23, 2014

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern

A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern is the true account of Sue and her labradoodle Pransky, a therapy dog. Sue, a writer who lives in Vermont, has a husband who traveled a lot for work, an adolescent daughter who went away for school, and a dog in her late adolescence who was bored and needed a job. Pransky has a very calm and sympathetic temperament and became an excellent therapist.

Sue describes the process of training Pransky to be a therapy dog and the testing process which qualifies him. In most of the book she tells of the years they spend in the County Nursing Home and the wonderful people they meet.

Sue has subtitled the book Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher.  She writes delightfully and thoughtfully about situations that are difficult to handle. Pransky is a natural. Sue, especially at the beginning, is less so, and what she learns about the people she meets and their life situations is helpful for anyone with friends or relatives in a care facility. A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is a mix of psychology, philosophy, life stories, end of life situations, and dog training. It is a special book about special people and a special dog.

For more information on Sue and on Pransky go to Sue Halpern's website:

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