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But Daisy, an adorable bundle of fur the color of buttered toast, captures Sharron's heart the moment she's handed the leash. And while Keith, the convict who cares for and trains Daisy during the week, seems intimidating at first, he is soft-spoken and polite. What's more, Daisy's appearance on Fridays, freshly scrubbed and sweet smelling, seems further evidence of his gentle nature. Each new command Daisy masters and task she learns suggests a man who is patient, persistent, and committed to his work. The weekly "hand-offs" soon fall into an easy rhythm as Sharron and Keith bond over their mutual love for Daisy.
Then Sharron discovers the horrifying crime that led to Keith's incarceration and her trust in him is shattered. Ultimately, it is Daisy and her unwavering trust in Keith that helps Sharron come to terms with Keith's past, and to recognize his struggle for redemption.
In an emotional and uplifting memoir, journalist Sharron Luttrell describes an unforgettable year. Sharron and Keith start their journey believing that they are training Daisy, but in truth she is the one showing them the way: gently pushing them to fulfill their own destinies, to grow up, let go, and experience what it really means to sit, to stay, and to love.
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By Library Volunteer on 08-14-14
Daisy's Smile on the Cover is a Perfect Indicator
Redemption. Dog-love. Compassion. Frustration. Life.
Woven into this heart-warming story are all these components. As fascinating as the relationship between Daisy and the week-end puppy raiser (the author) is the relationship between the inmate-trainer and the author. How does a middle-class, law-abiding citizen relate to an inmate serving a long sentence for who-knows-what? Once the nature of the offense is discovered, how is the relationship changed? How does this happy and devoted puppy redeem them both? It would be hard to dislike this book.
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By Designs on 02-19-15
Lots of self-analyzing
The basic story is good - how raising a puppy to be a service dog affects the handler. However, The story bogs down with the author's introspection. She also analyzes almost every interaction. It was too much for me and I would skip over those parts.
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