If you have ever doubted the human/animal connection and the healing power of dogs, you must read A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other – and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way. In this memoir, Edwards recalls how she came across an abandoned litter of puppies on Halloween and reluctantly adopted the runt of the litter and named him Boo. Ironically, Edwards thought she was rescuing this abandoned dog, but he turns out to rescue her from an abusive past and helps her to launch a career in dog training and animal assisted therapy. Together, the twosome bring joy and healing to all those they work with in their therapy work.
Animal Assisted Therapy is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a person’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. In April, our library is offering Rainbow Time, a program specifically for autistic children to interact with some special therapy dogs.