On Dogs and Dying
Inspirational Stories From Hospice HoundsBook - 2010
Dogs know when we are feeling down. They love it when we are happy and seeking friendship and fun, and they understand when we are feeling sad and desperate. This book presents a series of real-life tales of the positive effects dogs have had on people at the end of their lives. Through twenty-one stories, Michelle Rivera, an experienced animal therapist, explores the many ways in which animals can ease human suffering. As well as demonstrating many of the techniques of animal therapy, Rivera argues powerfully that not allowing pets in health care facilities is a counterproductive policy that deprives patients of comfort at the time they need it most. Some of the stories were previously published in Hospice Hounds (2001), but the author has substantially expanded her introduction and added an invaluable final section that gives practical tips on training and certifying your dog to be a therapy animal.
Publisher: West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2010.
Branch Call Number: 636.7 RIV
Characteristics: xiii, 130 p. ; 23 cm.