How Dogs Heal

‘Paws & Effect’ examines the intimate relationship between owners and dogs.

Posted: December 7, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

paws and effectAny dog owner can attest to the fact that dogs help us in many ways. Whether they’re a comforting presence at a difficult time, assisting individuals as service dogs, or helping save lives, there is a real reason we consider dogs our best friends. In the new book, “Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs,” author Sharon Sakson delves into this relationship to explore the human-canine bond.

Since her early childhood, Sakson had always felt a special connection to dogs, from the Wire Fox Terrier who helped her through her mother’s untimely death to the champion Whippets she would grow up to breed.

Fascinated by this intimate relationship, she decided to share her own experience and others’. The book combines the true life stories of people who have been deeply touched by their dogs with scientific research tracing our relationship with canines through history. 

The stories are powerful. From the Marine whose life was saved by his German Shepherd Dog to the developmentally disabled boy whose Whippet helped him out of his shell to the Xoloitzcuintli who relieves her owner’s physical pain, each dog helps his owner in real, and sometimes unconventional, ways.

Coupled with fascinating research on the history of our symbiotic relationship and a look toward the future, the book illustrates the ongoing and evolving relationships we have with our dogs. Dog lovers of all kinds will enjoy the touching stories and be inspired by our exciting future together.

“Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs” is on sale now.


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sal   nh, DE

12/7/2009 10:12:45 PM

wonderful article

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Sadie   Tempe, AZ

12/7/2009 5:29:16 PM

Dogs definitely do play a big part of our emotions. I really do believe that they can sense that they are making our lives better and know when they are helping us get through those difficult times.

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Elaine   New York, NY

12/7/2009 4:17:15 PM

I read this book! It was fantastic. I just picked it up thinking to read one or two chapters, and before I knew it, I was halfway through. It is great reading, and the stories are touching and exciting. Not sad and maudlin, but real and exciting. I couldn't get through the day without long walks with my two Dachshunds. This book explains in scientific detail what is going on with the bond between you and your dog. Pick it up, it is addicting.

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Gena   anycity, PA

12/7/2009 2:51:34 PM

I could not imagine my life without a dog in it.

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