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By David Frei

Publication ISBN: 9781937049232

David Frei’s heartwarming selection of tales concerning the remedy canine in his lifestyles and the folks whom they contact, Angel on a Leash celebrates the “ministry” that Frei stocks along with his spouse, Chaplain Cherilyn Frei, the director of non secular care on the Ronald McDonald condo of recent York.Frei could be the such a lot recognizable face and identify within the puppy activity, as “the Voice of Westminster,” the well-known ny kennel membership for which he has labored for the earlier twenty years, yet his actual ardour in canine is treatment work.

In the book’s eighteen chapters, Frei retells the tales of the typical miracles he’s witnessed his remedy canine practice over thousands of journeys to their favourite locations. at the moment in his moment iteration of treatment canines, Frei offers his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Angel” and Brittany “Grace” all of the credits for the life-altering paintings they do cheering up ill teenagers at Morgan Stanley’s Children’s health facility, spending time with convalescing sufferers at NewYork- Presbyterian health facility, and putting a paw within the hand of world-weary veterans on the Washington DC VA clinical Center.

Never sappy or sentimental, Frei’s writing variety is easy and sincere with a swiftness that retains the reader turning pages (and wiping tears). past the inspiring storytelling, the ebook additionally bargains useful suggestion to strength remedy puppy handlers approximately the way to get a puppy qualified with a formal registry, the obligations that accompany treatment paintings, and the significance of neighborhood involvement.

Frei’s organization with Westminster yielded the formation of a nonprofit association known as Angel on a Leash (the book’s namesake), which Frei was once the major founder. even if the association is now a separate entity from its recognized “parent,” most sensible in convey winners of Westminster have often retired from the express ring into the world of treatment paintings, receiving Frei’s encouragement and assistance. one of the beautiful moments captured within the book’s images part are snap shots of Rufus, the coloured Bull Terrier; James, the English Spring Spaniel; and Uno, the Beagle, all ultimate victors of the recognized exhibit, spending time with teenagers on remedy visits.

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Our visit with you was very emotional. I remember you crying and being in physical pain, and my guess was that you were within 24 hours of having had your surgery. I wanted to do more, but it was obvious that Teigh was taking care of things. At the end of our visit, I saw that you were still crying and still in pain, but you were smiling. Me, too (the crying and the smiling part, plus a little pain in my heart for you). I have always wondered what happened to you, but I am not allowed to do that.

Most of the time, I would set out for the hospital and just hide the dog behind a garbage can or a mailbox while I flagged down the cab. indd 47 7/6/11 11:14:20 AM ANGEL ON A LEASH dog (which some occasionally did), tossing the dog in the back and then jumping in. I sometimes would have the dogs wearing their therapy vests in the hope that it would let the cab driver know that these were clean, special dogs. That didn’t always help, and I usually did not have them in their vests for visits anyway.

But it wasn’t supposed to happen. So we were underway at the world-famous SloanKettering, visiting once a week and doing things for people in need. After the initial six months of the pilot program, we expanded into other areas of the hospital. And then… In February 2009, I was part of a television show on CNBC called American Originals: The Westminster Dog Show. indd 62 7/6/11 11:21:37 AM THIS IS WHY of the Westminster Kennel Club,” I was on camera several times, talking about the club, our show, and our history, and about dogs in general.

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