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By David Frei

E-book ISBN: 9781937049232

David Frei’s heartwarming number of tales concerning the treatment canines in his existence and the folks whom they contact, Angel on a Leash celebrates the “ministry” that Frei stocks along with his spouse, Chaplain Cherilyn Frei, the director of non secular care on the Ronald McDonald condo of recent York.Frei could be the such a lot recognizable face and identify within the puppy game, as “the Voice of Westminster,” the recognized ny kennel membership for which he has labored for the previous 20 years, yet his real ardour in canines is treatment work.

In the book’s eighteen chapters, Frei retells the tales of the typical miracles he’s witnessed his remedy canine practice over hundreds and hundreds of journeys to their favourite locations. at present in his moment iteration of treatment canine, Frei supplies his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Angel” and Brittany “Grace” all of the credits for the life-altering paintings they do cheering up ill little ones at Morgan Stanley’s Children’s medical institution, spending time with convalescing sufferers at NewYork- Presbyterian clinic, and putting a paw within the hand of world-weary veterans on the Washington DC VA scientific Center.

Never sappy or sentimental, Frei’s writing sort is easy and sincere with a swiftness that retains the reader turning pages (and wiping tears). past the inspiring storytelling, the e-book additionally deals functional suggestion to strength treatment puppy handlers approximately how one can get a puppy qualified with a formal registry, the tasks that accompany remedy paintings, and the significance of group involvement.

Frei’s organization with Westminster yielded the formation of a nonprofit association known as Angel on a Leash (the book’s namesake), which Frei was once the foremost founder. even if the association is now a separate entity from its recognized “parent,” top in convey winners of Westminster have often retired from the express ring into the world of treatment paintings, receiving Frei’s encouragement and suggestions. one of many beautiful moments captured within the book’s images part are photographs of Rufus, the coloured Bull Terrier; James, the English Spring Spaniel; and Uno, the Beagle, all ultimate victors of the well-known express, spending time with teenagers on treatment visits.

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Dogs are better than a lot of my passengers,” he said. We laughed together. ” “Thank you from us both,” I said, “She just had a bath. I’m glad someone appreciates my hard work. ” (One of the great things about New York City—especially with cab drivers—is the great range of cultures. indd 48 7/6/11 11:14:21 AM JUST WHISTLE IF YOU NEED ME many of them, who come from countries and cultures in which dogs are afterthoughts at best and pariahs at worst, having a dog in a hospital is unimaginable. ) Opportunity!

At the same time, they are too active and a bit too large to be hanging out with the little guys. Coming from Seattle, we—the dogs and us—were a little spoiled. There, it was relatively easy to find places to turn the dogs loose and let them run to their hearts’ content. In New York City, I had to work a little harder. We would head over to Carl Schurz (the park where the mayor’s residence, Gracie Mansion, sits) in the early morning hours and turn Teigh and Belle loose when it looked like the coast was clear—no kids, no picnickers, no other dogs.

Tara was waiting for Teigh and me at the nurses’ station. ” “I am exhausted,” I told her. “When we walked in the door, she was crying and in pain. When we walked out, she was still crying and in pain, but she was smiling. And so was I. Teigh loved her; he was wonderful. ” “That’s a nice start,” Tara said. ” “Let me catch my breath a bit,” I said. “This was very intense. I’ll go anywhere and do anything for Karen and others like her; that’s why we do this. ” Teigh was lying on the floor, accepting attention and pets from a couple of the nurses.

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