• A Dog Named Boo

  • How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other - And the Lives They Transformed Along the Way
  • By: Lisa Edwards
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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A Dog Named Boo

By: Lisa Edwards
Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
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Publisher's Summary

The last thing Lisa Edwards needed was a new dog. But when she came across an abandoned litter on Halloween, her heart went out to the runt who walked into walls and couldn't steady his feet. Lisa - healing from past abuse and battling constant pain from a chronic medical condition - saw a bit of herself in little Boo. And when he snuggled, helpless, against her, she knew he was meant to be hers.

The dunce of obedience class with poor eyesight and a clumsy gait, Boo was the least likely of heroes. Yet with his unflappable spirit and boundless love, Boo has changed countless lives through his work as a therapy dog - helping a mute six-year-old boy to speak, coaxing movement from a paralyzed girl and stirring life in a 94-year-old nun with Alzheimer's. But perhaps Boo's greatest miracle is the way he transformed Lisa's life, giving her the greatest gift of all - faith in herself.

©2012 Lisa Edwards; 2012 AudioGO

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Soothing, relaxing, inspirational

What made the experience of listening to A Dog Named Boo the most enjoyable?

Realizing that dog's, being a best friend, is true. Dog's can and do fulfill and make a life complete. They require love, like all living creatures.

What did you like best about this story?

Loving does not require perfection.

What about Meredith Mitchell’s performance did you like?

Her narration helped the reader to understand that the story being told was sincere and filled with positive experiences.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Knowing that Boo was not perfect in physical ways but perfection isn't what makes the world go round. Finding good comes in all shapes and forms. Choosing Boo filled a space in her heart that needed mending.

Any additional comments?

The novel was an easy read. It's nice to read something that isn't filled with violence and angry voices. I find the need to change my usual choice of novel, proving that kindness also makes a good read.

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Moving story but repetitive at times.

If you could sum up A Dog Named Boo in three words, what would they be?

A kind women loves her husband and dogs.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A sensible and bittersweet ending.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In general the theme of love and and the desire to work with the dogs as intelligent beings instead of mastering them as beasts.

Any additional comments?

This could have been a great book with a bit more editing. There were times when it was repetitive and would have been improved by some of the biographical information saved for a second book. I think Lisa Edwards and her husband Laurence are to be greatly admired for being so patient with Boo. I had never heard of cerebellar hypoplasia and it is amazing how well they did by Boo in giving him what he needed. While I knew that therapy dogs were good for people, I was amazed by some of the stories she related about how effective the dogs were.

I recommend this book for people who are recovering from abusive childhoods. I also recommend this book for those who love dogs or helping people with disabilities

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May be better for reading and learning to train

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was expecting more entertainment and a whole lot less psychology of service dog. I guess I just did not read deep enough into the description

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A Solid Story

I enjoyed this book overall. It turned out to be more of a memoir about the various dogs in the author's life and her personal struggles, which I enjoyed; it just wasn't what I had expected by reading the book's description. I wish the story had focused a bit more on Boo and his therapy work, as I would have enjoyed hearing more personal stories of the lives he touches. I also wish some of the story lines had been explored more if they were going to be raised in the first place. For example, the author talks about the conflict with her sister, but I was never really clear as to what led to that issue and what happened in later years so that it could not be repaired. There were also things that left the reader hanging, such as Laurence's hospital stay. He was in dire straights health-wise one minute, and then all of a sudden it was a few weeks later and he was home - there was no transition from one location to the other. There were also some parts that were repetitive that could have been deleted.

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Heartwarming, touching story

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Boo to be better than the print version?

The narrator is great. Engaging, different voices for children and just a nice, overall voice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog Named Boo?

There are lots of quirky funny stories about the different dogs.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

LOVED this book. It's a heartwarming story of an unlikely therapy dog touching, helping and saving so many lives. It shows how every dog comes into our life right when we need them.

It's also a great inside view of the life of a therapy dog and handler and the issues and training they go through, all the various programs they can assist with and some great little anecdotal stories about the people whose lives they help.

It made me laugh, tear up and smile a lot. Very highly recommended.

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Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Boo to be better than the print version?

I don't know I have not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

Just loved this little book. A lovely story that only pet lovers will understand. The healing powers of loved animals are totally unknown.

Have you listened to any of Meredith Mitchell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope, but I really liked her readin of this book!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many!

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A touching book about a special dog!

If you could sum up A Dog Named Boo in three words, what would they be?

Touching, Uplifting, Inspiring

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lisa herself. She doesn't gloss over the bad things that happened to her. Her story has ups and downs and you can relate with many things that happen to her because she so openly tells about her life and the impact of Atticus, Dante and Boo.

Which character – as performed by Meredith Mitchell – was your favorite?

The times she talks about SnuggaBoo/PokeyBoo and the therapy visits when Boo is able to touch others with his tenderness

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry!

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and I hope Lisa continues to tell of the life she lives with her Husband and her dogs!

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Super true story😅, highly recommend it!!

The true story of the little special needs puppy who was found at the doorway of a strip club. He managed to become a star therapy dog for children who had deficits just like him. My grandchildren were entranced by this tale.

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A Dog Named Boo

This wasn't the story I was expecting, but it was interesting nevertheless. It would be an excellent book for people who work with special needs children.

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Inspiring and intriguing

What an inspiring book!
If you like people this is a great book, if you like dogs this is a great book but if you like people and dogs it's an awesome book!
This book offers great insight into what therapy dogs are all about. I found it especially inspiring because a special-needs dog found his way into the lives of special-needs people.
This book was well read, easily followed and very tempting. A true story of brokenness Conquered.

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