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The Underdogs - Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love

Melissa Fay Greene

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From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief, emotional, physical, and cognitive disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Underdogs tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age twenty-four by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as a ventilator-dependent, immobile patient, who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was "too disabled." Her nurse encouraged her to tone down the suicidal thoughts, find a puppy, and raise her own service dog. Karen did this, and Ben, a German shepherd, dragged her back into life. "How many people are stranded like I was," she wondered, "who would lead productive lives if only they had a dog?" A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen Shirk's service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Long shunned by scientists as a manmade, synthetic species, and oft- referred to as "Man's Best Friend" almost patronizingly, dogs are finally paid respectful attention by a new generation of neuroscientists and animal behaviorists. Melissa Fay Greene weaves the latest scientific discoveries about our co-evolution with dogs with Karen's story and a few exquisitely rendered stories of suffering children and their heartbroken families. Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, what could have been merely touching is a penetrating, compassionate exploration of larger questions: about our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christina Delaine

Length:

10h 33m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

23:34


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

32:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

56:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

53:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

27:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

34:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

40:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

38:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

39:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

33:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

39:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

36:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:39