Weekends With Daisy

Weekends With Daisy

Book - 2013
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"A heartwarming and utterly charming story about empathy, hope, and letting go. Weekends with Daisy shows us how loving a dog can make us all a little more human." --Lisa Genova, NYT bestselling author of Still Alice and Love, Anthony

"Moving... with candor that will win over readers." -- Publishers Weekly

"A deceptively simple but powerful account of family bonds, friendship, and the special relationship we have with dogs." -- Kirkus Reviews

When Sharron Luttrell, a journalist still deeply mourning the loss of her family dog, discovers a weekend puppy raiser program for a service dog organization, she knew it was just what she needed to help her move on. It seemed ideal; pick up a puppy on Friday, return it on Sunday night, get a new puppy each year. No strings attached. Well, it turns out there were strings - and they tugged at her every time she had to return "her dog" to its weekday caregiver.

This memoir chronicles Sharron's year co-parenting Daisy, a sweet Lab puppy, with Keith, Daisy's other trainer. As Sharron and Keith develop a relationship she likens to "divorced parents handing over the kids," she becomes curious about Keith's life story. When Sharron uncovers a tragic event from Keith's past, she realizes she must take a lesson from Daisy and "think like a dog"-- react to circumstances in the present, not the past.

Sharron applies this way of thinking at home too, using the lessons she learned from Daisy to mend her rocky relationship with her teenage daughter. Where once a dramatic eye roll from her daughter would have sparked a battle, Sharron has learned to employ the patience and understanding she practices with Daisy to become a better mom. As Sharron and Keith work tirelessly to ensure Daisy passes her service dog test, she is taught priceless lessons in empathy, compassion and affection. In the end, Sharron's weekends with Daisy have taught her more than she could ever have imagined.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2013
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451686234
Branch Call Number: 362.4048 LUT NVD
Characteristics: 313, [8] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 23 cm


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May 13, 2017

Wonderfully written. Insightful, honest, heartwarming, inspiring. Animals are the best. They remind us what life is all about.

Jan 24, 2017

This is a worthwhile read, and quite informative, but I offer a caveat. The first 100+ pages tell you much more than you would ever want to know about the author and all her thoughts about nearly everything she's ever had a thought about. Feel free to skim, as you won't miss anything important.
The second 100+ pages are much more interesting, as the training of the puppy is described in detail. Lots of detail. But still, it's good.
The last third of the book is the best part, as she is able to go about answering the questions she poses in the first third. Really revealing and absorbing.

NancyWilliams Mar 04, 2014

I loved this book. It was heartwarming, funny and informative. I felt empathy for Sharron when she had to return the dog for graduation into the NEADS program but at the same time knew it was the right thing to do. A lovely story.

ChristchurchLib Oct 15, 2013

"Daisy the Labrador retriever lived five days a week in a prison, where she was a pupil in the National Education for Assistance Dog Services programme, but at weekends she went to live with journalist Sharron Luttrell, who volunteered to help with Daisy's accommodation to life in the "real world." Keith, Daisy's inmate trainer, and Sharron had to learn a lot about the work of service dogs and how to train them, and Sharron often consulted with Keith and asked his advice. Sharron's memoir, Weekends with Daisy, offers both information and inspiration in this lively account of Daisy, her two trainers, and the Luttrell family." Biography and Memoir October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688879

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