The Possibility Dogs
What a Handful of “Unadoptables” Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing
From the author of the critically acclaimedbestseller, Scent of the Missing, comes a heartwarming and inspiringstory that shows how dogs can be rescued and can rescue in return.
For her firstbook, Susannah Charleson was praised for her unique insight into the kinshipbetween humans and dogs, as revealed through canine search and rescue. In ThePossibility Dogs Charleson chronicles her journey into the world ofpsychiatric-service and therapy dogs trained to serve the human mind, a journeythat began as a personal one. After a particularly grisly search led to astruggle with PTSD, Charleson credits healing to her partnership with searchdog Puzzle. Inspired by that experience and having met dogs formally trained toassist in such crises, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with servicepotential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and how to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bringintelligence, comfort, and hope.
From black Lab puppy Merlin, once cast away ina garbage bag, who stabilizes his partner’s panic attacks to Ollie, the blindand deaf terrier who soothes anxious children, to Jake Piper, the starving pit bull mix who goes from abandoned to irreplaceable, The Possibility Dogs illuminatesa whole new world of canine potential.
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