Boo was found by Lisa in a cardboard box outside a pet store. Lisa, a professional dog trainer, felt drawn to the runt of the litter, and decided to take him home and train him to be a companion animal for her terminally ill brother, who was becoming more physically restricted by the day. Unfortunately, Boo turned out to be the class dunce, and failed to gain certification as a companion animal. Boo's apparent failure to live up to Lisa's expectations was followed shortly by the loss of the family member she loved most. Those were bleak days for Lisa and her husband, who were quickly losing confidence in their ability to build a family, and pursue happy lives. It was when things were at their worst, however, that Boo's exceptional talent for giving love and comfort showed. This is a story of learning from failures and discovering new strengths. It's also about of the incredible power of the human-animal bond and the fascinating science that explains why calm, empathetic dogs like Boo can help patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and physical-therapy programs deal with the stress of treatment.
A Dog Named Boo / Lisa Edwards
“Priced at a reasonable $49.99, Boo was literally that puppy in the window. Though Lisa Edwards had a hunch about this particular pup, there was no way she could have foreseen the impact he would have on her life and the resulting ripple effects that continue to this day. Narrator Meredith Mitchell brings to life this story of human and canine transformation. While described as a memoir, the story is also infused with instructive information on dog psychology, an additional benefit for the dog-loving listener that is made all the more useful by Mitchell's ease with the shifts in narrative. The story is filled with poignant moments, including a particularly memorable scene from 9/11. Mitchell's delivery elicits tears of sadness and joy.” ~AudioFile (A.S.)