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The Resource The Underdogs

The Underdogs

Label
The Underdogs
Title
The Underdogs
Statement of responsibility
Melissa Fay Greene
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Underdogs tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age twenty-four by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as a ventilator-dependent, immobile patient, who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was “too disabled.” Her nurse encouraged her to tone down the suicidal thoughts, find a puppy, and raise her own service dog. Karen did this, and Ben, a German shepherd, dragged her back into life. “How many people are stranded like I was,” she wondered, “who would lead productive lives if only they had a dog?”A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen Shirk’s service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Long shunned by scientists as a manmade, synthetic species, and oft- referred to as “Man’s Best Friend” almost patronizingly, dogs are finally paid respectful attention by a new generation of neuroscientists and animal behaviorists. Melissa Fay Greene weaves the latest scientific discoveries about our co-evolution with dogs with Karen’s story and a few exquisitely rendered stories of suffering children and their heartbroken families.Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, what could have been merely touching is a penetrating, compassionate exploration of larger questions: about our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love
Summary
Describes the unbreakable bond between humans and canines through the story of a severely disabled woman who began training her own service dogs after she was deemed “too disabled” to receive one by every agency in the U.S
Tone
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10492349
Cataloging source
BT
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Greene, Melissa Fay
Dewey number
636
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Nature
  • Biography
  • Health
Target audience
adult
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children, dogs, and the power of unconditional love
Label
The Underdogs
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:HUS_248837
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780062218537
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Underdogs
Control code
BORROWBOX:HUS_248837
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780062218537
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
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