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A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other - And the Lives They Transformed Along the Way | [Lisa Edwards]

A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other - And the Lives They Transformed Along the Way

The last thing Lisa Edwards needed was a new dog. But when she came across an abandoned litter on Halloween, her heart went out to the runt who walked into walls and couldn't steady his feet. Lisa - healing from past abuse and battling constant pain from a chronic medical condition - saw a bit of herself in little Boo. And when he snuggled, helpless, against her, she knew he was meant to be hers. The dunce of obedience class with poor eyesight and a clumsy gait, Boo was the least likely of heroes. Yet with his unflappable spirit and boundless love, Boo has changed countless lives through his work as a therapy dog.
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The last thing Lisa Edwards needed was a new dog. But when she came across an abandoned litter on Halloween, her heart went out to the runt who walked into walls and couldn't steady his feet. Lisa - healing from past abuse and battling constant pain from a chronic medical condition - saw a bit of herself in little Boo. And when he snuggled, helpless, against her, she knew he was meant to be hers.

The dunce of obedience class with poor eyesight and a clumsy gait, Boo was the least likely of heroes. Yet with his unflappable spirit and boundless love, Boo has changed countless lives through his work as a therapy dog - helping a mute six-year-old boy to speak, coaxing movement from a paralyzed girl and stirring life in a 94-year-old nun with Alzheimer's. But perhaps Boo's greatest miracle is the way he transformed Lisa's life, giving her the greatest gift of all - faith in herself.

©2012 Lisa Edwards; ©2012 AudioGO

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-07-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-07-13 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Soothing, relaxing, inspirational"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dog Named Boo the most enjoyable?

    Realizing that dog's, being a best friend, is true. Dog's can and do fulfill and make a life complete. They require love, like all living creatures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loving does not require perfection.


    What about Meredith Mitchell’s performance did you like?

    Her narration helped the reader to understand that the story being told was sincere and filled with positive experiences.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Knowing that Boo was not perfect in physical ways but perfection isn't what makes the world go round. Finding good comes in all shapes and forms. Choosing Boo filled a space in her heart that needed mending.


    Any additional comments?

    The novel was an easy read. It's nice to read something that isn't filled with violence and angry voices. I find the need to change my usual choice of novel, proving that kindness also makes a good read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 02-24-13
    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Moving story but repetitive at times."
    If you could sum up A Dog Named Boo in three words, what would they be?

    A kind women loves her husband and dogs.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A sensible and bittersweet ending.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In general the theme of love and and the desire to work with the dogs as intelligent beings instead of mastering them as beasts.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been a great book with a bit more editing. There were times when it was repetitive and would have been improved by some of the biographical information saved for a second book. I think Lisa Edwards and her husband Laurence are to be greatly admired for being so patient with Boo. I had never heard of cerebellar hypoplasia and it is amazing how well they did by Boo in giving him what he needed. While I knew that therapy dogs were good for people, I was amazed by some of the stories she related about how effective the dogs were.

    I recommend this book for people who are recovering from abusive childhoods. I also recommend this book for those who love dogs or helping people with disabilities

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 01-23-13
    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 01-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I am the girlfriend to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys and two overly cautious girl cats, the Manager, Operations and Knowledge Support Services at CAMH, a blogger, a reader, a business owner, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a neice, a cousin, a twitter lady for The Puppy Rescue Mission... AND VERY TIRED! LOL!!!!

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    "Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Boo to be better than the print version?

    I don't know I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just loved this little book. A lovely story that only pet lovers will understand. The healing powers of loved animals are totally unknown.


    Have you listened to any of Meredith Mitchell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, but I really liked her readin of this book!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee-Ann Irving, TX, United States 12-13-12
    Lee-Ann Irving, TX, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A touching book about a special dog!"
    If you could sum up A Dog Named Boo in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, Uplifting, Inspiring


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lisa herself. She doesn't gloss over the bad things that happened to her. Her story has ups and downs and you can relate with many things that happen to her because she so openly tells about her life and the impact of Atticus, Dante and Boo.


    Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?

    The times she talks about SnuggaBoo/PokeyBoo and the therapy visits when Boo is able to touch others with his tenderness


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and I hope Lisa continues to tell of the life she lives with her Husband and her dogs!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte E. Cyphers Wayne, NJ 03-05-14
    Charlotte E. Cyphers Wayne, NJ 03-05-14 Member Since 2013

    GrannyGlasses

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    "May be better for reading and learning to train"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was expecting more entertainment and a whole lot less psychology of service dog. I guess I just did not read deep enough into the description


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-15-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    I enjoyed this book overall. It turned out to be more of a memoir about the various dogs in the author's life and her personal struggles, which I enjoyed; it just wasn't what I had expected by reading the book's description. I wish the story had focused a bit more on Boo and his therapy work, as I would have enjoyed hearing more personal stories of the lives he touches. I also wish some of the story lines had been explored more if they were going to be raised in the first place. For example, the author talks about the conflict with her sister, but I was never really clear as to what led to that issue and what happened in later years so that it could not be repaired. There were also things that left the reader hanging, such as Laurence's hospital stay. He was in dire straights health-wise one minute, and then all of a sudden it was a few weeks later and he was home - there was no transition from one location to the other. There were also some parts that were repetitive that could have been deleted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. LaSala NJ 07-23-13
    K. LaSala NJ 07-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartwarming, touching story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Boo to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is great. Engaging, different voices for children and just a nice, overall voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog Named Boo?

    There are lots of quirky funny stories about the different dogs.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED this book. It's a heartwarming story of an unlikely therapy dog touching, helping and saving so many lives. It shows how every dog comes into our life right when we need them.

    It's also a great inside view of the life of a therapy dog and handler and the issues and training they go through, all the various programs they can assist with and some great little anecdotal stories about the people whose lives they help.

    It made me laugh, tear up and smile a lot. Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    theresa Delta, BC, Canada 07-08-13
    theresa Delta, BC, Canada 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Works it's way into your heart"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Boo to be better than the print version?

    didn't read the print


    How could the performance have been better?

    I wasn't crazy about the narrator. But that didn't stop me from enjoying the book. Boo is so special and I fell in love with him part way thru the book. Which made the ending WAY too sad but I would still recommend the book. It captiviated me and I loved all the Characters. Especially Boo's siblings....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 01-10-14
    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Hooray For Adoption"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Most of the book I did enjoy because it was realistic. But after listening to the whole thing, I wonder if a more condensed version might not have been better.


    Would you recommend A Dog Named Boo to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably, although if you are a real fan of dogs, "A Dog's Purpose" is a much better choice.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Meredith Mitchell?

    This was couple of books ago and I don't remember Meridith not displaying good talents.


    Do you think A Dog Named Boo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think the author said what she needed to say. It just could have been more concise. It is not a bad book and you definitely got to see Boo's traits. In my opinion, anyone that adopts a dog is a Saint to start of with. I have eight dogs and while five are pedigreed and I love them, they don't hold a candle to the three shelter dogs...these dogs seem to appreciate you more and love you unconditionally, but as Lisa shows you - you have to love them unconditionally too.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story. It just could have been a little more condensed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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