The Possibility Dogs – Book Review
What a handful of “Unadoptables taught me about service, hope, and healing
By the author of “Scent of the Missing” – Susannah Charleson
In one word; Inspiring
I hit the follow Susannah on Facebook button soon after reading her first book about her journey through search in rescue and her search dog Puzzle. I knew a bit about what her new book might hold. The book is not about search and rescue to which I am involved as a K9 handler. Would it have the same hold on me as her first book?
I believe everyone knows the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” So, when I slid the book out of the shipping envelope and saw a little white dog with a goofy grin, tilted head, and ridiculous half cocked bat ears, I thought, “This will be cute.” I also figured I could read a few chapters a day in between my busy schedule of studying, working, and training two search dogs. I got absolutely nothing done for the past two days.
The journey begins immersed in the confused gritty red-dust covered memories of a firefighter who survived a terrible accident. The imagery conjured a frantic feeling of desperation; a need to claw your way out of the hell that was laid before the mind’s eye. Charleston gently leads you out into the comforting fresh air with the soft touch and sweet gaze of a little mixed dog. The firefighter’s wonderful, shelter rescued dog can predict his episodes of PTSD and stop them, waken him from nightmares and flashbacks, and lead him home. She is one of many amazing canines you will meet in this remarkable book.
The author skillfully braids the stories of others with her own experience raising and training her own service dogs. This book paints gorgeous pictures that will fill you with tears, laughter, anger, and heartwarming joy. Who can forget a dog named Juice Box that completely changed the life of a young teenager who couldn’t safely leave house without him? How about a lab with a creaking tail? Or a tiny gray lilliputian with enormous ears rescued hours before he was to be euthanized? Charleson’s voice brought such vivid detail to the page, I felt as if the people and their service dogs were all very dear friends of mine.
This book is at my bedside table to read again, and again. Possibility Dogs indeed has a hold on me.
The book may be found on Amazon. Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson
Susannah does more than write a book about it. She started her own organization to help those in need of a service dog!
The name: Possibility Dogs
We identify, rescue, and train talented homeless dogs for psychiatric and utility service. We connect partners with a heart for rescue to service dogs that have love and skills to share. And we support that partnership for the long-term—through ongoing training, public education, and research
You may find out more at her website Possibility Dogs
See a great interview with Susannah and Jake Piper here: Susannah News Interview