Boo was not your typical dog, he seemed to have issues with his vision and mobility, and he was not the brightest crayon in the box - what he was was himself. Through trial and error (sometimes trial by error) Lisa discovered that her hopes and dreams for Boo would never work out, but that he instead has his own little niche to carve out. Through her animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activity work, Lisa introduced a whole bunch of people to the amazing little dog that no one and nothing could bring down. He may have just scraped through his therapy animal test, but Boo turned out to have a unique gift for therapy work - including helping to heal some of the wounds that Lisa had carried for a long time.
A dog named Boo struck a chord with me, mainly because I have an aging therapy dog who has worked some of the same magic as Boo. Working, or in my case volunteering, in the world of animal assisted therapy can be tiring and leave you feeling drained - but it is also an incredible moment to watch the change your dog can have in someone else. I couldn't help but smile about some of the anecdotes Lisa shared because they could almost have been some of my anecdotes, and while my dog is not as challenged as Boo he still faces some challenges This is a very bravely told story, Lisa doesn't pull her punches when she tells her story and it is impossible not to connect with her and the realisation that she has overcome so much to be the success she is.
This is a very personal story and some people may struggle to read parts of Lisa's story, but it is an important story to read so you can understand where Lisa comes from and why the relationship with Boo is so important A deeply touching and moving story of the human companion animal bond and what our companion animals can mean to us. There were times when I had tears rolling down my cheeks, not only because of the loss of the dogs in Lisa's life, but also because of some of the stories that she shares and the dramatic impact Boo had on people. My advice, read this book with tissues nearby!
If you like this book then try:
- A friend like Henry by Nuala Gardner
- Emma and I by Sheila Hocken
- Cowboy & Wills by Monica Holloway
- Finding Harmony by Sally Hyder
- A puppy called Aero by Liam Creed
- The dog who rescues cats by Philip Gonzalez
- Endal by Sandra and Allen Parton
- Until Tuesday: A wounded warrior and the dog who saved him by Luis Carlos Montalvan
- Let Buster lead by Deborah Dozier Potter
- Thunder dog: The true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the triumph of trust at ground zero by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory
- Partners for life: True stories of canine heroes by Jane Bidder
- Puppy chow is better than Prozac by Bruce Goldstein
- A street cat named Bob by James Bowen
- Dewey: The small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron & Bret Witter
- Homer's odyssey: A fearless feline tale, or how I learned about love and life with a blind wonder cat by Gwen Cooper