At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash - er, lease - on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn't expected. And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern's sense of what virtue is and does - how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to.
Funny, moving and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving and sometimes prudent mutt - showing great hope, fortitude and restraint along the way (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding) - taught a well-meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.
Sue Halpern is the author of five previous books. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, The New York Review of Books and Rolling Stone.
A Dog Walks Into A Nursing Home
Allen and Unwin
Author: Sue Halpern