Successful Tails: The Wonders of Therapy Dogs (Sneak Peek: Successful Tails: The Wonders of Therapy Dogs) is a collection of more than 350 heartwarming stories and over 200 testimonials by people whose lives have been touched by over 50 therapy dogs featured in this book. The book also contains poems, quotes, and photos. It provides numerous examples of the impact these therapy dogs have had when working in a variety of settings and programs with people of all ages, ranging from infants to centenarians, and who have an array of challenges in their lives—physical, emotional, social, and cognitive.The book is a tribute to man’s best friend and an unforgettable glimpse into the lives these dogs have touched. The testimonials and stories run the gamut of emotions—some will make you laugh and others will make you cry. If you are not already a dog lover, you will be after reading this book.
The book is an easy read, one you can pick up for short reading times. It makes great reading when waiting for a plane or an appointment or at bedtime, helping you relax as you marvel at the wonders of our best friend, the dog.
Interview by Stu Taylor, nationally syndicated business radio talk show host, 8/9/13:
Paperback: 374 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (2012)
ISBN: 978-1-4772-6474-4 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-4772-6471-3 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-4772-6475-1 (ebook)
“Successful Tails is a heartwarming collection of stories and photos of therapy dogs at work. I predict you will enjoy getting to know these extraordinary dogs and the people who love them and, perhaps, even fall in love with them. I know I did.”
Successful Tails: The Wonders of Therapy Dogs, back cover, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
“The stories and testimonials contained in these pages will open your eyes to the world of therapy dogs and how beneficial they can be for people. The services that therapy dogs provide are far-reaching and can be life-changing.”
Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA)
Successful Tails: The Wonders of Therapy Dogs, page ix
“The therapy dogs help us to see something other than just the world around us. They help all of us to see that, in this world, there is a gentler side. They help our veterans to navigate the dark landscapes, which are the memories that followed our service men and women home. These therapy dogs offer a world of uncompromising acceptance and affection, a silent understanding when someone looks into those big tender eyes.”
Livermore (CA) Mayor John Marchand
Successful Tails: The Wonders of Therapy Dogs, page 169
Which testimonial did you find most surprising? Why?
Which photograph, do you think, best illustrated the special impact of a therapy dog? Why did you pick that one?
Which benefit(s) of the therapy dogs surprised you?
Have you ever seen a therapy dog at work? Or had a dog at home that made a therapeutic difference in your life? If so, please share that experience(s) with us.
Did you become aware of potential volunteer opportunities for yourself, even if you don’t have a dog? If so, what are they?
Will you encourage facilities and programs in your area to include therapy dogs in their offerings? If so, which one(s) and how do you think having therapy dogs could benefit those facilities or programs?
Would you recommend this book to your friends or to staff at facilities and programs? Why/why not?