Cold nose, warm heart – a dog’s life

I am a working dog: I protect, I comfort, I listen. I am a good dog. Here are some of my stories.

Dog Heroes: Saving Lives and Protecting America by Jen Bidner

Dog HeroesThis history of canine search and rescue celebrates brave dogs with special talents, such as detecting skin cancer and locating unmarked Civil War graves.

Dogs with Jobs by Kim Kachanoff and Merrily Weisbord

Demonstrating the amazing variety of jobs dogs undertake, this book introduces dogs like Mas, an Italian water rescue dog; Tammy, who sniffs out smugglers in South Africa; and Snooper, a Beagle that can help save your house from termite destruction.

Always Faithful:  A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII by William Putney

Always FaithfulA tribute to the courage of dogs that fought in the Pacific Islands, this also speaks to post-traumatic stress experienced by veterans, as the dogs suffered separation from their handlers and lack of purpose upon returning to civilian life.

Paws to Protect: Dogs Saving Lives and Restoring Hope by Sharon R. Sakson

These stories of dogs working in the military and law enforcement demonstrate the bonds they develop with their handlers.  Amazing results occur when the training and relationship are put into action in crisis situations.

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce CameronA Dog's Purpose

After searching for his purpose through many lives, Bailey tells us in his own words what dogs instinctively seem to know, ultimately concluding that he is a good dog.

The Divine Life of Animals by Ptolemy Tompkins

Researching various religious views, Tompkins addresses the enduring question of the afterlife of animals. After reading this thought provoking book, you may see something a little different when you next encounter one of our non-human friends.

Every Dog has a Gift: True Stories of Dogs Who Bring Hope and Healing into Our Lives by Rachel McPhersonEvery Dog Has a Gift

From her background as founder of The Good Dog Foundation, an animal-assisted therapy organization, McPherson’s examples demonstrate selfless contributions provided to help kids learn to read, calm the autistic and assist with basic daily tasks.

~ Christine F., Central Library

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