The Possibility Dogs

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With her critically acclaimed first book, Scent of the Missing, Susannah Charleson was widely praised for her unique insight into the kinship between humans and dogs, as revealed through her work in canine search and rescue. Now, in The Possibility Dogs (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Charleson journeys into the world of psychiatric service, where dogs aid humans with disabilities that may be unseen but are no less felt. This work had a profound effect on Charleson, perhaps because, for her, this journey began as a personal one: Charleson herself struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder for months after a particularly grisly search. Collaboration with her search dog partner made the surprising difference to her own healing. Inspired by that experience, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, to train them for work beside hurting partners, for whom these second-chance dogs bring comfort and hope. (Blurb by Powells. Book available from Powells City of Books, Portland, Oregon –www.powells.com)

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