A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life by Sue Halpern

By Sue Halpern

A layabout mutt grew to become remedy puppy leads her proprietor to a brand new figuring out of the nice life.

At free ends along with her daughter leaving domestic and her husband at the highway, Sue Halpern made up our minds to offer herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a brand new leash—er, lease—on existence by means of getting the 2 of them qualified as a remedy puppy workforce. clever, lively, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky became out to be not just an amazing therapist yet an unerring ethical compass. within the not likely sounding enviornment of a public nursing domestic, she led her teammate right into a sequence of encounters with the citizens that exposed depths of heat, humor, and perception Halpern hadn’t anticipated. And bit by bit, their adventures increased and illuminated Halpern’s experience of what advantage is and does—how acts of kindness remodel the giver in addition to the given-to.

Funny, relocating, and profound, A puppy Walks right into a Nursing house is the tale of ways one trustworthy, charitable, loving, and occasionally prudent mutt—showing nice wish, fortitude, and reticence alongside the best way (the occasional begged or stolen deal with notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning girl the genuine nature and pleasures of the nice existence.

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A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher

A layabout mutt grew to become remedy puppy leads her proprietor to a brand new figuring out of the nice life.

At unfastened ends along with her daughter leaving domestic and her husband at the highway, Sue Halpern determined to offer herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a brand new leash—er, lease—on lifestyles by means of getting the 2 of them qualified as a treatment puppy crew. clever, lively, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky became out to be not just a great therapist yet an unerring ethical compass. within the not likely sounding enviornment of a public nursing domestic, she led her teammate right into a sequence of encounters with the citizens that exposed depths of heat, humor, and perception Halpern hadn’t anticipated. And bit by bit, their adventures extended and illuminated Halpern’s experience of what advantage is and does—how acts of kindness remodel the giver in addition to the given-to.

Funny, relocating, and profound, A puppy Walks right into a Nursing house is the tale of the way one devoted, charitable, loving, and occasionally prudent mutt—showing nice desire, fortitude, and discretion alongside the way in which (the occasional begged or stolen deal with notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning girl the real nature and pleasures of the nice lifestyles.

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Donna had all the makings of a good, foundation bitch and helped me start my own breeding line. I had soon bred my first ever litter from her, and kept one of the seven dogs for myself, calling him Chrissy. Chrissy was a show dog that became a very successful working gun dog. He won a puppy class at the age of eight months and qualified for Cruft’s too. The highlight of my time with him came in October 1977 when I took him to the Show Spaniels Field Day, a prestigious event for gun dogs that have qualified for Cruft’s.

I tried to do the same in heel work. I did not approve of the method most people used which involved taking the lead and A Life with Dogs pulling the dog down. I thought that was wrong. My original way of getting it to lie down was to make the dog sit, then tip the dog gently to one side by taking away its inside leg. Wherever I could, I was always looking for a softer way within the traditional parameters of the work. As I did so, I was very successful at teaching people how to work with their dogs.

Donna would then slowly sniff out the bones she wanted, then walk away with them. Only then would the others take what they wanted. It was, I realized, the same principle of leadership with which I was now so familiar. The one who appeared to do nothing got everything it wanted. And it made me think about using feeding time as a way of Ta k i n g t h e L e a d re-establishing the leadership structure. This was not a new idea entirely. The importance of eating in front of a dog was something I had read while studying the behaviorists.

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