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Donnie Kanter Winokur and her husband, Harvey, never could have imagined the heart-wrenching struggle that becomes their new reality after they decide to adopt two infants from Russia. As Iyal and Morasha grow, it becomes clear that Iyal's development is drastically lagging behind his sister's. By age four, he has a devastating diagnosis: fetal alcohol syndrome. But naming their battle provides little relief as Iyal and his family try to cope with the lifelong impact of his invisible disability. As the Winokurs' marriage is unraveling, Donnie and Harvey hang on to the last shreds of their own promise.
Desperate to alleviate her son's constant rages and their crushing toll on the family, Donnie comes up with an innovative, untested, four-pawed solution: a golden retriever service dog named Chancer. Chancer is specially trained to give Iyal a unique love he desperately needs. But in this true-life tale infused with moments of despair, tenderness, and humor, Chancer turns out to be what the entire family has needed to stay - and grow - together.
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By Amazon Customer on 09-18-17
I am a court appointed special advocate for dependent, neglected and abused children. I have suspected fetal alcohol syndrome disorder in some of the children I represent. I found this book to be very helpful in understanding not only them but their parents as well. I found this book to be not only educational but entertaining and heart wrenching. I love all children and animals. Every child would benefit from having a best friend pet. Trained or untrained.
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By Baltonative on 04-10-18
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, it talked about how a service dog helped a child with mental disabiilty, a topic you don't hear much about.
What other book might you compare Chancer to and why?
none right now
Did Donnie Kanter Winokur do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
She explained the back story very well so when ever she refered to the characters it was easy to tell them apart
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When the husband was against getting a service dog for Iyal and the mom Donnie was struggling to decide to go against her husband's wishes for the best interest of her son.
Any additional comments?
Learned a lot service dogs and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Topic keep me interested.