Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch by David Frei

By David Frei

Publication ISBN: 9781937049232

David Frei’s heartwarming choice of tales in regards to the treatment canines in his lifestyles and the folks whom they contact, Angel on a Leash celebrates the “ministry” that Frei stocks along with his spouse, Chaplain Cherilyn Frei, the director of non secular care on the Ronald McDonald condo of latest York.Frei could be the so much recognizable face and identify within the puppy recreation, as “the Voice of Westminster,” the well-known long island kennel membership for which he has labored for the earlier 20 years, yet his actual ardour in canines is remedy work.

In the book’s eighteen chapters, Frei retells the tales of the typical miracles he’s witnessed his treatment canine practice over hundreds of thousands of journeys to their favourite locations. presently in his moment new release of treatment canines, Frei supplies his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Angel” and Brittany “Grace” all of the credits for the life-altering paintings they do cheering up sick little ones at Morgan Stanley’s Children’s clinic, spending time with improving sufferers at NewYork- Presbyterian clinic, and putting a paw within the hand of world-weary veterans on the Washington DC VA scientific Center.

Never sappy or sentimental, Frei’s writing sort is simple and sincere with a swiftness that retains the reader turning pages (and wiping tears). past the inspiring storytelling, the ebook additionally bargains useful recommendation to power remedy puppy handlers approximately how you can get a puppy qualified with a formal registry, the tasks that accompany treatment paintings, and the significance of neighborhood involvement.

Frei’s organization with Westminster yielded the formation of a nonprofit association known as Angel on a Leash (the book’s namesake), which Frei used to be the major founder. even though the association is now a separate entity from its well-known “parent,” most sensible in express winners of Westminster have often retired from the convey ring into the world of treatment paintings, receiving Frei’s encouragement and advice. one of many beautiful moments captured within the book’s images part are graphics of Rufus, the coloured Bull Terrier; James, the English Spring Spaniel; and Uno, the Beagle, all ideally suited victors of the well-known exhibit, spending time with young children on remedy visits.

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I never did look over my shoulder; I was more worried about Teigh and his new friend. When it was time to leave, I took Teigh down and pulled the cover sheet off the bed. “That was a good visit, Carolyn,” I said. ” “He was so gentle. ” Well, that would make our night. I wanted to believe it, too. And if Teigh got her to think like that, maybe it could be a little step on the road to recovery of some kind. indd 51 7/6/11 11:14:22 AM ANGEL ON A LEASH • • • • • • These days, you can’t just walk into a health care facility and volunteer.

A few weeks later, Teigh and I were in the therapy room, getting ready for another night of visiting. The therapy dog program supervisor came into the room and walked over to us. “I have a special assignment for you tonight,” she said. ” She led Teigh and me over to the door. “We are going to walk out of this room together,” she began. “When we get into the hall, I am going to turn left and you are going to turn right and go down to room 214 and visit with the patient in that room.

The nurses wanted her to see Teigh, but she couldn’t get out of bed. I guess I should have felt honored, but I didn’t want to jeopardize the entire program by breaking this basic rule. The supervisor could see what I was thinking. “Don’t worry; this is going to work. ” Well, she was the boss. Two nurses who I recognized were waiting for us at the end of the hall with sly smiles on their faces, indicating to me that they were indeed in on the plan. I picked up Teigh in my arms so the patient would see him right away, and we followed one of the nurses into the room.

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