This special collection of dog stories and photographs features four-legged heroes who have worked side by side with soldiers, searched the wreckage of natural and man-made disasters, changed families' lives through emotional support, and administered aid around the world and at home in the United States. Heartwarming photographs and touching anecdotes bring to life thirty-eight caring canines who have served the people who mean the most to them, from a German Shepherd who leads a blind man on his marathon training mission to a belly rub-loving Sheltie who supports at-risk youth in the classroom. For anyone who has experienced the extraordinary affection of a dog, Loyal is a lasting celebration of the joys of canine companionship.
I love to read stories that celebrate the joys and companionships of dogs. It's amazing to learn all the ways a dog can be trained to help in times of disaster and tragedy.
Loyal is a nice, easy read with a beautiful colored photograph of each dog to go along with their story. These are dogs of all breeds, sizes and backgrounds. Here are a few examples of some stories:
Bandit - A European Great Dane rescued from a puppy mill with a severe leg deformity. Now registered as a therapy dog, Bandit visits and connects with soldiers on suicide watch and those that struggle with pain and injuries due to war.
Alli - An Australian Cattle Dog Mix from Washington is a rescue who is now trained to locate endangered species to be identified and studied. She is what you would call a master wildlife CSI detective who scours the wilderness for evidence of rare animals to protect.
Andy - A Golden Retriever from Indiana, a trained service and therapy dog who saved his neighbor's life. One night while in his yard, he began barking loudly and jumped the 4ft. fence, his owner found him lying beside their elderly neighbor who had fallen in the snow. "I would have died 20 feet from my house without him." she says. "He's my hero."You can see him pictured below.
About The Author: Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Rebecca Ascher-Walsh is a writer who specializes in celebrity and lifestyle coverage, but who also loves dogs and telling stories about amazing animals. She contributes to many newspapers and national magazines including Entertainment Weekly, Adweek, and the Los Angeles Times. She is a volunteer at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan and a founding director of the Deja Foundation, devoted to funding the medical care and training costs of dogs rescued from high-kill shelters.
My Thoughts on the Book
I loved this book for so many reasons! It was an easy read so I was happy to pass this along to my daughters who are 18 and 13 to read. The format was simply broken up by short stories accompanied by beautiful colored photographs. Lastly, it proved that any dog no matter what walk of life or background they may come from, can truly make a difference in this world!
Today we are taking a break from our usual Wordless Wednesday post to share a few special words about our dear Golden friend, Sugar from Golden Woofs who crossed the rainbow bridge last week.
Although she lived across the country and we never got to meet her and her mom, we feel like we did. Her posts and photos brought us so much Golden sunshine, we are truly going to miss seeing them.
Just last July, we were honored to help Sugar celebrate her 15th Birthday on Instagram and what a fun celebration it was. It was so clear to see how many lives she touched and how much joy she brought to others.
Thank you Rosalyn for sharing your beautiful Golden girl with us, we will forever remember that smile and will always see the good and beauty in every single day.