Friday, October 5, 2012

A Dog Named Boo: Excerpt & Giveaway

A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other—and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way by certified professional dog trainer Lisa J. Edwards is a new memoir about the incredible effect dogs have on the humans they come into contact with. Specifically, it's about Boo and his work as a therapy dog, but it's also about Boo and Lisa. 

Here's a little bit about the book from the publisher:
The last thing Lisa Edwards needed was a new dog in her life. But when she came across an abandoned litter, her heart went out to the runt who walked into walls and couldn’t steady his feet. Lisa—healing from past abuse—saw a little bit of herself in Boo and knew he had to be hers. 

Think this sounds like a story you might enjoy? Great! We're hosting a giveaway of one copy of A Dog Named Booand we got permission to post an excerpt from the book right here. I got to read four excerpts, and I had a really hard time choosing. Hope you enjoy it! (I actually did receive a copy of the book as well, but I've been so ridonculously busy, I haven't had the time to read it myself. That being said, it's next on my list, and I can't wait to read a story of this nature that's written by a trainer.)

From A Dog Named Boo by Lisa J. Edwards:
     Boo loved what he was doing, especially his Blythedale Children’s Hospital visits, where often it was because of his limitations that he was able to help the kids.
     On one visit, Boo and I made our way around the room and found a teenage boy carrying a laptop and looking interested in all the dogs. As I stopped Boo to ask the boy whether he wanted to pet the dog, the teenager opened his computer and typed something briefly before the laptop spoke for him and said yes.
     I felt my heart twist in my chest as I remembered my brother Chuck typing on his computer to speak just like this. Boo and I sat down right away. The boy clearly enjoyed petting Boo’s thick, super-soft fur, but he didn’t say anything. Once I thought I heard a bit of a laugh, but I suspect it was just Boo’s snorting as he snuzzled the boy in return for the kind petting. One of the caregivers came over and encouraged the boy to speak to Boo without the help of his computer, but he seemed reluctant, preferring to keep petting Boo silently. I pulled out the big guns and put Boo on my lap in bug-a-Boo position for maximum clowning effect, hoping it would get the boy talking. Although he didn’t speak, he laughed out loud as he continued to pet Boo and fiddle with the little feet jutting out in all directions. Of course, Boo sat there with his usual silly grin, eating up all the attention.
Although Boo is pretty comfortable in that position, he can only hold it for so long, so when he began to squirm after a few minutes, I placed him back on the floor. The boy gave one last pet to Boo, and a look of intense effort covered his face before he said out loud, with a look of personal triumph, “Boo.”
     In that moment, I felt in a strange way that Boo was fulfilling, if belatedly, my desire to train him to work with my brother. A wave of gratitude washed over me, and I realized that by being less than anybody thought he should be, Boo had once again become more than anybody thought he ever could be.

And here's your chance to win a copy of the book. All entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway runs through Monday at midnight and is open to both Canada and the U.S., for residents 18 & over. If you have any trouble with the widget, send us an email.

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There's also a Facebook page for A Dog Named Boo. Like it here and get the scoop on Lisa's book tour.

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