About the Book: 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.
My Comments: A Dog Named Slugger is a short, easy-to-read memoir of How Slugger changed Leigh's life. I enjoyed learning not only how she she learned to work with Slugger, but also, in some ways because of him, learned to stand up for herself. If you are an animal lover, or are or know someone who is physically challenged, or if you just enjoy a heartwarming story, this is a book you should enjoy.
I'd like to thank the folks at Bell Bridge Books for sending me a review copy. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of A Dog Named Slugger will support St. Francis Service Dogs. You can learn more about service dogs from Assistance Dogs International, Inc. or from Working Dogs.