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A secret no one dared whisper…

A Dog Named Slugger
Leigh Brill

April 2010
On Sale: April 7, 2010
248 pages
ISBN: 0984325654
EAN: 9780984325658
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Non-Fiction Pet-Lover | Non-Fiction Biography

The true life story of a dog who changed everything for one woman. For the first time in my life, I didn't need to pretend, I didn't need to be tough: I only needed to be honest. "I have cerebral palsy. I walk funny and my balance is bad. I fall a lot. My hands shake, too. That means I'm not so good at carrying things. And if I drop stuff, sometimes it's hard to just bend down and get it." I waited anxiously for the interviewer's response. She smiled. "It sounds like a service dog could be great for you." So began Leigh Brill's journey toward independence and confidence, all thanks to a trained companion dog named Slugger. The struggling college student and the Labrador with a "a coat like sunshine" and a tail that never stopped wagging became an instant team. Together, they transformed a challenge into a triumph. Together, they inspired and educated everyone they met. Now, Leigh honors her friend with the story of their life, together.


11 comments posted.

Re: A Dog Named Slugger

Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper
(Karin Tillotson 9:23am October 28, 2010)

Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper
Audra Holtwick 6:53pm November 1, 2010)

I too have a yellow lab and they are great.I recently lost my black lab Missy this past summer.My heart is still broken
Cynde Mitchell 8:52pm November 1, 2010)

Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper.The above is a comment on labs.
Cynde Mitchell 8:54pm November 1, 2010)

Miranda and Charlie and the Great
Cupcake Caper
Barbara Hightower 5:30pm November 2, 2010)

Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper
Holly Caulfield 8:49pm November 16, 2010)

About 20 years ago, I saw a TV show about the use of dogs in helping physically and otherwise challenged people with all kinds of conditions and was instantly enthralled and amazed by them. Those animals were trained by women in prison. I'm so glad that you have your loyal companions to help you out. One of my neighbors also such an illness, but she is still able to function without a companion. She rides a bike wherever she goes, even when there is snow on the ground. She makes it a point to get out every day, and goes to exercise regularly at the Y. I'd certainly love to read your book about Slugger. I've also observed dogs on the bus who've accompanied challenged individuals. I can somewhat relate to your problems because I've had repeated periods--even a year at university when I could no longer function in class--when I could no longer work. The response from others is very discouraging when I'm called lazy or pretending. I think for me it was very much a learning experience too, so that I would not judge others by what I can do when they can't do the same things. God bless you and yours.
Sigrun Schulz 1:21am November 22, 2010)

Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper

My son-in-law has Cerebral Palsy, and it has been such a learning experience for me. He deals with so much. ONe of the problems is he is viewed as "suspicious looking" in airports, due to his eye, limp, etc. He is ALWAYS searched. It makes me so mad!
Caroline Kolb 7:09pm November 28, 2010)

Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper is the next book and it sounds good to. susan L.
Susan Leech 8:19pm November 30, 2010)

Miranda and Charlie and the Great CupcakeCaper
Ann Anderson 9:18pm December 30, 2010)

I would love to win and read "A Dog Named Slugger. Her next book is "Miranda and Charlie and the Great Cupcake Caper."
Reeta Harrison 8:38pm February 23, 2011)

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