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What, exactly, does it mean to share one’s life with a guide dog? While there is practical merit to the human-canine bond, which developed over a period of 70,000 years, it’s not akin to any other human-animal relationship. It is unique. The person and guide dog are interdependent, and the bond of mutual trust is what makes the partnership successful and fulfilling for both.
Ask yourself how many people you would trust with your life, and after answering, ask yourself if you would trust an animal with your life. Unless you are bonded to and live with a working dog, you might hesitate to answer the second question.
To be sure, guide dogs have performed many heroic tasks and have saved handlers from innumerable dangers. However, there are smaller and subtler things that can mean so very much: the feel of your dog’s head on a foot while riding the bus, the whimpers and doggie dreaming, the way you and the dog move in sync when walking down the street, and countless other tokens of trust and affection.
With this audiobook, I hope to take the listener on a journey of understanding: learning what it’s like to overcome the darker side of disability by walking the path of independence with a canine partner.
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- Lilly Bell
Such a beautiful audiobook!
This was such a great audiobook! The author walks us through so much of her life and really shows us where she was both mentally and physically when she met her first guide dog. The way she describes her experience and emotions really had me holding my breath at times. But the story is so much bigger than that! When I finished this audiobook I really felt like I had gained friends, both with and without tails! Ann Chiappetta has shared such a moving story that I really believe everyone should hear, I truly learned so much! The narration was wonderful! I wouldn't change a bit! After listening to this it had me picturing what it would be life to see Niagara Falls without my vision, as the author describes her experience. I think the next time I go and visit a place, I will always be sure to close my eyes so I can really hear and smell it.
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