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Vets and pets : wounded warriors and the animals that help them heal

Author: Dava Guerin; Kevin Ferris
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Vets and Pets tells fifteen emotional and entertaining stories of the incredible bonds between wounded warriors, veterans, and other service members and their service and companion animals. Whether these special relationships are with dogs, cats, horses, pigs, or even birds of prey, readers will discover how these remarkable animals help veterans return to civilian life and live independently while simultaneously  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dava Guerin; Kevin Ferris
ISBN: 9781510721937 1510721932
OCLC Number: 974700091
Description: xvi, 195 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Foreword / by Former First Lady Barbara Bush --
Foreword / by Animal Planet Host Andrea Arden --
Introduction --
Animals and veterans in America: their enduring bonds and healing powers --
At your service --
The army specialist : "A reason to get out of bed in the morning" --
The marine tank commander : "That's what that dog is for" --
The army nurse : "Some kind of a guardian angel" --
The army captain : "Issac has been waiting for his special person" --
The marine corporal : "Gnome somehow can read me" --
The navy Vietnam veteran : "The dog becomes a family member" --
The navy dog handler : "this was love at first bite" --
More creatures, great and small --
The Vietnam infantryman : "grab a bird, put on a glove, and go for a walk" --
The army reservist : "My God, no one is going to adopt her" --
The cowboy marine : "Here's how you saddle a horse" --
The Air Force vet and veterinarian : "Our house is a pet menagerie" --
The navy Boatswain's mate : "I just had to have him" --
Max, the horse that helps heroes : "We have all fallen in love with him" --
The army veteran : "Together, they heal and grow" --
Secrets for an enduring bond : "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" --
Epilogue --
About the authors.
Responsibility: Dava Guerin and Kevin Ferris ; forewords by First Lady Barbara Bush and Andrea Arden.

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Experience firsthand the inspiring, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching bonds between wounded veterans and their service and companion animals.  Read more...

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"These stories will make you laugh and, of course, cry--and if you don't have one, they will make you desperately wish for a pet...So enjoy this wonderful book."--from the Foreword by former First Read more...

 
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