A Dog Called Hope

A Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him
Narrated by: John Moraitis
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
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Lone Survivor meets Marley & Me in this inspiring buddy memoir of an extraordinary service dog whose enduring love brought a wounded soldier back to life.

A decade ago Special Forces warrior Jason Morgan parachuted into the Central American jungle on an anti-narcotics raid. He'd served with the famous Night Stalkers on countless such missions. This one turned out very different. Months later he regained consciousness in a US military hospital, with no memory of how he'd gotten there. The first words he heard were from his surgeon, telling him he would never walk again. The determined soldier responded, "Sir, yes, I will."

After multiple surgeries, unbearable chronic pain, and numerous setbacks, Morgan was finally making progress when his wife left him and their three young sons. He was a single father confined to a wheelchair and tortured by his pain. At this very dark, very low point, Morgan found light: Napal, the black Labrador who would change his life forever.

A Dog Called Hope is the incredible story of a remarkable service dog who brought a devastated warrior back from the brink. It is the story of one funny, lovable dog's power to heal a family and teach a wounded man how to be a true father. It is the story of an amazing dog with boundless loyalty who built bridges between his wheelchair-bound battle buddy and the rest of able-bodied humankind. It is the story of how one very special dog gave a man's life true meaning. Humorous, intensely moving, and uplifting, Jason and Napal's heartwarming tale will brighten any day and lift every heart.

©2017 Jason Morgan & Damien Lewis (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Good read for anyone considering a service dog

I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it a second time. I read this book because I have a service dog that is about to retire which means I'm about to get a new service dog and I'm looking for tips tricks stories on how to train my new dog even better. this book gave me a unique perspective that training books can't because it came from the perspective of the handler. he expressed that stress travels down the leash. while I am already aware of this concept the way that it was emphasized in the book really hit home with me and highlighted some things in future training that I could do better.

I don't typically do audible reviews but this topic is important because it's not written about as much as I think it should be. It's very difficult to earn public respect for service dogs and help the public understand the difference between different types of working dogs. I recommend this book to anybody considering getting a service dog are canine companion.
the organization that I got my dog through is called soldiers best friend based out of Phoenix Arizona. By far, the most complex part of having a service dog is dealing with the public for me. This book taught me how to better handle it when people act so ignorantly towards me or my dog.

The only negative about this particular audiobook as for the narrator. unfortunately I had difficulty understanding him sometimes. At first I thought maybe English was not his first language or his only language because his emphasis and pronunciation of completely random words is very strange sometimes. And sometimes it sounded like he was talking with a mouthful of marbles because his words were slurred.

I was also I bet confused in the beginning of the book because there were two different speakers/points of view- with the same voice. Later in the book, when the story got going the narrator use different voices for various people but in the beginning it was very difficult to tell unless you are paying very close attention to which speaker was speaking.

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A BEST Book ever!

I consider this book one of the best I have ever read! I respect and appreciate what our military do for our freedoms. When they become severely wounded in the line of duty the service dogs help these people reach the fullest recovery possible. This book was well written. These CCI dogs help people disabled with every possible situation. I would like to see this program expand to meet the needs of more people in need. Thank you.

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excellent book about service dogs

I learned alot about service dogs. the only part I did not like was the constant advertising of dog products such as eukanuba dog food other products were plugged also

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a great read/listen

Such a heart warming/breaking story of an amazing dog and his human! Truly excellent read

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I loved the story, however, I did find the term Mexico time a bit offensive.

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scattered

Apparently, someone tossed the pages of this manuscript on the publisher's floor. They were scooped up and read into a recorder.

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I can not say enough about this book, the man that lives the story, the people that support him, his strength.
I have spent time with this man and he is remarkable.
I cant say enough good about this book and this man.
I hope you take the time to read this book it is time well spent.
I pray for,Jason and Rue daily.

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Jim, Nepal and Jason are my heroes!

This was a great book. I think so much of Jim Siegfried who raised and loved Nepal for a year and half only to give him up for a noble cause. I am amazed by the CCI puppy raisers who raise these puppies at their own expense and time, knowing all the while that the time will come when they will have to hand their dog back over to CCI. That takes guts. Jason Morgan's story is tragic, but redemptive and his story hasn't ended yet. Severely wounded fighting drug lords in South America left him disabled and distraught. He survived, but he was broken in spirit until he met Nepal. Nepal gave Jason help, but mostly he gave Jason a purpose and that's all Jason needed because he was of strong constitution. Jason is an advocate for wounded warriors and service dogs and I am sure many veterans have benefited from his work. Nepal was an incredible dog by all accounts. Not because he knew 50+ commands, not because he was cute and loving. He was incredible because he touched everyone he came into contact with. They always remembered Nepal. God matched Nepal and Jason. "It was always going to be Nepal".

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Fantastic read!

Great book! If you love special opps and dogs this book has everything you’ll want!

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Well told story

Moving look at true warrior friends of both canine and human type. Kleenex required. Enjoy.