A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home

2013
A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home

This was not what I expected, but I found it to be a fun and uplifting read. The cover is what drew me in of course. I am a huge proponent of therapy animals in nursing homes, hospitals, schools; wherever there are hurting people. The star of the story is Pransky, a Labradoodle with a huge capacity for love and an unerring sense of the 'right thing to do'. Certainly we can forgive her chasing the lamb during the Easter service. She is, after all, a dog! But the real story goes beyond the visits and interactions with the residents. Halpern chooses a public nursing home as the place she and Pransky would work. That alone brings to mind a less than pleasant environment. Instead, we share unexpected depths of warmth, humor, compassion and joy. We accompany Pransky on many visits, meet many friends, celebrate accomplishments and mourn inevitable losses. But this is not a sad book. The dog goes through the training, but she is really the teacher. It is through her eyes that the author, and reader, sees the true nature of virtue and kindness.

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