Unlimited [Humor and Comedy Book] ↠ A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the good life from an unlikely teacher - by Sue Halpern ↠

By Sue Halpern | Comments: ( 469 ) | Date: ( Jul 18, 2019 )

A joyous and moving account of how seemingly small gifts of kindness can make a profound difference And not to the recipient alone Geraldine BrooksAt loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under occupied Labradoodle, a new leash er, lease on life by getting the two of them certif A joyous and moving account of how seemingly small gifts of kindness can make a profound difference And not to the recipient alone Geraldine BrooksAt loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under occupied Labradoodle, a new leash er, lease on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn t expected And little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern s sense of what virtue is and does how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given to.Funny, moving and profound, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home is the story of how one faithful, charitable, loving and sometimes prudent mutt showing great hope, fortitude and restraint along the way the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding taught a well meaning woman the true nature and pleasures of the good life.


  • Title: A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the good life from an unlikely teacher
  • Author: Sue Halpern
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  • Page: 218
  • Format: Kindle Edition

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Comments A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the good life from an unlikely teacher

  • Lizz

    I loved this book. I see that many reviewers were hoping for more stories about the author and Pranksy, and I can understand that but as someone who works with a therapy dog in a nursing home, I was fascinated by the other aspects of the book. I originally bought the Kindle version, but I found myself wanting to underline passages, to be able to go back and re-read parts. As I'm just not that Kindle-nimble, I ordered the dead tree version. So many things that the author writes about are similar [...]


  • Diane

    Two things I'd like to point out about this book before going any further, A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home, is not just another cutesy dog story (although the cover is pretty darn cute), and, NO, the dog on the cover doesn't die in the end. That being said, this is a terrific heartwarming story about a therapy dog named Pransky and his owner Sue.Pransky, a 7 year-old labradoodle, named after the author's grandmother, lived a happy unleashed life in Vermont. When his owner was beginning to find h [...]


  • Amy

    Based on the description of this book, I was expecting lots of stories about a therapy dog working in a nursing home. Since I am the Activity Director in a county nursing home, I was really looking forward to reading this. Instead, the author intersperses dog stories with lots of research & commentary on philosophy, statistics, religion, etc.I did enjoy the dog stories. Especially touching was the story of how she had a resident walk her dog in her wheelchair it really is these little "norma [...]


  • Jamie

    Oh, I just did not like this book at all. I love dogs and I was really interested in hearing about how to train a dog to be a therapy pet. I was also interested in the people in the nursing home. What I was NOT interested in was reading a treatise on philosophy, which I absolutely hate. Unfortunately, the author focuses so much on philosophy, philosophers, and philosophic virtues that this book isn't really what it purports to be. Details about the nursing home inhabitants are vague, and the dog [...]


  • Tinika

    Is it possible for a book to have too much structure and not enough content? I think A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home has that problem. The word ‘dog’ in the title and the picture of the cute pooch on the front cover inclines one to think that this is a book about a dog. The subtitle is: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher. A dog would make an unlikely teacher so I am prepared for a book about a dog. And to a certain extent my expectations are met. Sue Halpern trains her dog Pra [...]


  • Linda C.

    Lately things have been difficult. My 92 year old stepmother, June, had to be moved to assisted living. She'd been living alone and it became apparent that she couldn't care for herself any longer. She thought she was doing a fine job and there in lies the problem. Navigating the world of home care aides, long term care insurance and assisted living facilities is not for the faint of heart. Throw in a senior citizen who doesn't want to budge and let the headaches begin. We found a lovely facilit [...]


  • Virginia

    I found this book to be more philosophical and littered with statistical data from studies than about a dog . Yes the dog is mentioned, obviously, but its really more about quality of life for the aging and the nursing home environment. I was hoping to get to know the dog not learn Aristotle theories. **Book received in exchange for a review**


  • Patty

    This book is an example of two things - that I still miss the card catalog and that I will always be a browser in libraries. As far as the card catalog, I know that there are major advantages to the computer. For instance, while I worked for our local public library, we added four new libraries. If we were still using cards, those libraries would have only had a list of some of the materials the library owned. However, the serendipity of finding something you are interested just by flipping thro [...]


  • Emily

    Full disclosure: I received this book for free in a giveaway.It's rare that I find myself at a loss for words about a book. As I sit here, pondering how to put my feelings about this book into words, it's difficult. I grew up volunteering in nursing homes. My mother was a social worker there. This book, in a way, was like reliving those days. I still keenly remember many of the residents that have long since passed on. I remember the lessons they taught me, the people they were, and the pain of [...]


  • Paul Goble

    This book succeeds in many of the areas I most appreciate in a book: it is at once fun to read, well written, educational, and insightful. I am a better person for having read it. The topic--a lady and her dog becoming a therapy dog team in a nursing home--touched me personally. I have a deep love of big, gentle dogs. I also spend a lot of time in a nursing home attending to an elderly relative.The book is roughly chronological, but it is also organized around the Augustinian virtues of Restrain [...]


  • Julie

    I am rather surprised at the number of lukewarm and even negative reviews this book has received. I thoroughly enjoyed this book of a woman and her labradoodle who begin volunteering in a nursing home. I thought her style of writing was engaging, warm, and appropriate in tone. This is not an informative guidebook on how to train therapy dogs rather the author presents lovely vignettes about the many residents that she and Pransky had interactions with in the nursing home. She highlights some of [...]


  • Nancy Rossman

    First I feel duped. The title hooked me and I expected (my problem, I know) a funny tale with some lessons. Instead this author is a preacher with too many stats and studies about the benefit of pet therapy. If anyone wants to read this book, they already know all of this. And I felt a bit too much self-congratulations at her volunteer work with Pransky, the dog, at the county nursing home. More stats about old people, and more studies that have been done, blah blah blah. No thread of a story. [...]


  • Terri

    The stories of the rest home patients are sweet, though.


  • Olivia

    This is for all intents a "mom book" so given to me by my mom and if you don't like dogs don't bother reading it because you've already proven yourself immune to heartfelt things. But it was a surprisingly well written, honest look into not only death but the act of dying - something we are eager to either ignore or fictionalization.


  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    When Sue Halpern found herself and her Labradoodle, Pransky, at a loose end, she searched for ways in which to keep them both busy. Of the options available, Sue felt Pransky would make a wonderful pet therapy dog and began the process of training for certification. Reigning in Pransky's natural exuberance was no small task but within a few months, having passed the assessment process, Sue and Pransky walked into the County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center to meet its residents.Halpern int [...]


  • Jennifer W

    A feel good kind of book which is what I needed right now. Extra special because the dog in the book didn't die or get hurt and make me sad!There is a wonderful quote from Pope Benedict on charity that was included towards the end of the book:"What hinders this humane and loving gaze towards our brothers and sisters? Often it is the possession of material riches and a sense of sufficiency, but it can also be the tendency to put our own interests and problems above all else. We should never be in [...]


  • Patrick44

    It seems that many people expect this to be another dog book and theyare disappointed that it is not so much about the dog or the trainingof a therapy dog. I am sympathetic (and empathetic) to those disappointments.However, in reading the title more carefully, it more than equally suggeststhat it is about what happens when the dog walks into the nursing home: whathappens to the dog; what happens to the owner and; what happens to the nursinghome inhabitants.What happens is that lessons are learne [...]


  • Lori

    I bought this book because of the title and the adorable dog on the cover. I am a pushover for books about dogs. When I read this was about a therapy dog who goes to nursing homes I had to try this book. I really wanted to like this book more. her labradoodle "pranksy" was trained to be a therapy dog. I was really hoping this book would be about Pranksy and the nursing home residents. Part of this book does talk about the residents and Pranksy. but not anywhere near as much as I hoped. A lot of [...]


  • TrishaCoonce

    I was really disappointed in this book. The summary on the cover boasted about a heartwarming and profound story of a dog that spends days lifting the spirits of those in nursing homes. However, two chapters in I was already annoyed, bored, and skimming the pages. The author seems to feel the need to fill the pages with facts about therapy dogs and nursing homes, along with paragraphs and paragraphs about several philosophers. I enjoy philosophy, don't get me wrong But I didn't pick up this book [...]


  • Kirsti

    This was somewhere between a three and four for me. I see other reviews like mine, wishing there was more dog stories. Seriously though, every time the author started ging into facts, or quoting philosophy or the bible, I zoned out and had to reread that part. It's very annoying to see, that shocking moment you realize you are reading a book and not living the story. They mostly felt unnecessary, and I just wasn't invested enough after being jolted into self awareness. However, I loved Pransky. [...]


  • Karen

    The author trained her dog to be a therapy dog at her local nursing home, thinking the dog needed some sort of outlet besides lying around all day while she worked at home writing. A fairly quick read, I expected this to be mostly about the dog. And there was a lot about how wonderful the dog was, but what I didn't see coming were all the wonderful stories and insight about nursing home residents. Pransky, the dog, may have made an impression on some of the residents, but equally so, those resid [...]


  • Kristi

    I so enjoyed this book. I admit that before I read it as part of a book club, I had already assumed it to be silly, emotional, and vapid. It was none of these things. I think better words to describe this book would be insightful, lovely, compelling, honest, and charming. Yes, this was a story about a dog and her owner visiting a nursing home, but it was also an educated and wise treatise on the philosophy of life, death, kindness, loss, virtue, hope, friendship, and love. It made my heart happy [...]


  • Kathy

    This book defies classification: it's that rare dog story that doesn't end with the dog's death, because it's not just about the dog. It's a book about end of life issues and the realities of nursing home life, and it's an examination of what virtue means. Philosophical, insightful, humorous, this would be a good book club read.


  • Heidi Marleau

    A thoroughly enjoyable book. Sweet, insightful and instructive. My husband is thinking about going forward with getting our dog trained and certified to be a therapy dog so this was a perfect read. But even if you aren't on that pathyou can learn some great lessons about life from this book.


  • Stephanie A.

    The bite-sized bits about actual visits to nursing home patients were interesting, but they felt few and far between amidst a sea of references to research/studies and philosophy.


  • Jan

    This overdue book has been sitting around for several weeks, but I picked it up today and read it in one sitting. What can I say - dogs are the best.


  • Sue Davidson

    Lovely book about a therapy dog and the woman who owns him. (Listened to the CD)


  • Amanda Gilles

    I happened to come upon this book on my stop into the library to pick up another book when the cover of this adorable dog caught my eye. A dog lover at heart and owner of an 7 year old shih-poo, I was instantly intrigued. I also am one to love service/do-good books since I myself worked in an assisted living through my junior year of high school and most of college. The book proved worthwhile when I began, but about mid way through it became more of a challenge to stay interested for long period [...]


  • Sharon

    Sue Halpern takes us into a world few of us visit, the county nursing home. Filled with stories of how her dog interacts and blesses the residents, it also is a reality check in how life plays out for many people. While the stories are fun, they aren't sugar coated or cry-like-a-baby sadjust how she interacts with the senior citizens in their "homes" that have now shrunk down to a room, probably shared with someone they may or may not have know previously.


  • Susan W

    I was expecting more humorous stories and not the philosophy and moral stories that were part of this book. Not sure if what I read was better than what I expected, but did find it to be a quick and instructive and worthy read.


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