1st Edition

The Gifts We Receive from Animals Stories to Warm the Heart

Edited By Lori R. Kogan Copyright 2023
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.