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1st Edition

The Gifts We Receive from Animals
Stories to Warm the Heart

Edited By

Lori R. Kogan

ISBN 9781032068374
Published June 20, 2022 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

The Gifts We Receive from Animals is a book guaranteed to brighten a reader’s day. Professionals engaged in therapy work as well as those who have companion animals at home will enjoy learning about the many ways in which animals impact people’s lives. Through a series of short, true-life stories, written by professionals engaged in animal assisted interventions, The Gifts We Receive from Animals reminds readers of the core essence of the human animal bond and the reason behind the growing phenomenon of animal assisted interventions. Readers will learn, for example, about the young child who shares her inner most thoughts with a dog and, as a result, learns how to talk with people; the soldier who feels comfortable and safe with a dog, a feeling he has been lacking since active duty; and the elderly adult who works through difficult physical therapy because of his therapy dog. The Gifts We Receive from Animals takes readers on a delightful journey, offering insights into the unique impact animals have in the lives of those they help.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Large Animals 

1. Freedom 

Hilary Adams

2. A Children's Riding Lesson: How Therapautric Riding Helped a Boy to Find His Voice

Anne M. C. Barnfield

3. The Sundance Center

Erica Jex Gergely

4. My Mare, My Meditation Teacher

Emily Knitter

5. Savannah and the Cowgirl Ms. B

Arieahn Matamonasa Bennett

6. The Farm Was My Sun

Carol Rathmann and Sabrina Schmidt

7. When the Cutre Factor Becomes Something More: How a Mini Donkey Taught Me the Power of the Human-Animal Bond

Christina Moore

8. Meet Roger, the Blind Sheep Helping Children Heal

Brenda Rynders

Part 2. Small Animals  

9. Guinea Pigs Are Great!

Patti Anderson

10. The Bunnies Are In

Jennifer A. Coleman

11. Wait—My Therapy Animal Is a…Rat?

Angela K. Fournier

12. A Crystallized Connection

Julie Ann Nettifee

13.  Sullivan Anne: From Abandoned Rabbit to Beloved Campus Pet Therapy Animal

Clarissa M. Palmer

14. Can I take Chophie Home? The Simple Joys of Having Animal Co-Therapists

Georgitta Valiyamattam

15. The Rabbit Who Knew No Rules

Patti Anderson

16. Who Are You?

Niki Vettel

Part 3. Crisis 

17. Boston in Coal City

Julie Bereckis

18. HOPE AACR Responds to Devastating Mudslide

Bette Caldwell

19. Providing Comfort to Flood Victims of Rural West Virginia

Sheila Consaul

20. Magical Moments with Maggie

Yvonne Eaton-Stull

21. Can Dogs Sense Stress?

Sue Herman

22. Challenging the Assumption of Who Needs Help

Batya G. Jaffe

23. The Washington Navy Yard

Ned W. Polan

24. The Dog That Brought Hope and Brightness to a Challenging Christmas Season

Yahaira Segarra-González

25. Sometimes Silver Linings Have Tails: Sandy Hook

Heather White

Part 4: Unique Settings

26. Assessment and Therapeutic Advancement Through Human-Animal Interactions

Eileen Bona

27. Charley the Bulldog and Her Visits with Incarcerated Youth

Taylor Chastain Griffin

28. Jude and Letty

Sarah Deering

29. The Life of a Strong and Caring Therapy Dog in the Canadian Prairies

Colleen Anne Dell

30. Animal Therapy in a Hospice Setting

Caryn Friedlander

31. In Sickness and in Health: What Dogs Teach Us About Life and Death

Rachel Hogg

32. "Steven" and Shannon

Amy Johnson and Melissa Potts Kutchek

33. Comfort During Crisis

Angela Moe

34. Regaining Memories with the Help of Jaime

Anna K.E. Schneider

Part 5. Children, Young Adults and College Students

35. The Gift of Comfort

Sue Burlatschenko

36. Beignet and the Class of 2021

Kate Drescher

37. Teletherapy Dogs

Adam Duberstein

38. The Power of Prince William

Patricia Flaherty-Fischette

39. Mickey Mouse and Lyn

Tara Harevey-Gros

40. Compassion Through Canines: A Boy and a Dog

Laura Hey and Mary Jo Powers

41. I Can Listen Like Indy

Terri, Copper and Shay Hlava

42. Aksel to the Rescue

Elizabeth A. Letson

43. Gentle Giant and an Anxious Teen

Jane Jenkins

44. Therapy Dogs Help Adoption Succeed

Gary P. Cournoyer

45. Leo Awakens to the World

Shira Smilovici

Part 6. Adults

46. Jaeger's Gifts

Shannan Anderson

47. The Whirlwind That Chamged My Life... 

Ursula Aragunde-Kohl

48. My Therapy Dogs Saved My Life

Megan C. W. Bridges

49. Miss Emmie: A Big 'Braveheart' in a Tiny Package

Donna Clarke

50. Being and Becoming: The Transformative Power and Resilience of Person-Canine Bonds

Cassandra Hanrahan

51. Pinella's Purpose

Tiana Kelly

52. A Golden Tail of Inter-Generational Bonds

Jean Kirnan and Patrick Kirnan

53. You Are Here

Elizabeth Lynch

54. Humanimal Connection in the Counseling Room: Where Lester the Dachshund Partner Weaves an Interspecies Bond

Emmanuelle Fournier Chouinard

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Lori R. Kogan, PhD, is a professor of clinical sciences at Colorado State University. She has published numerous journal articles and edited several books related to human-animal interactions.