By David Frei
Publication ISBN: 9781937049232
David Frei’s heartwarming choice of tales in regards to the treatment canines in his existence and the folk whom they contact, Angel on a Leash celebrates the “ministry” that Frei stocks together with his spouse, Chaplain Cherilyn Frei, the director of religious care on the Ronald McDonald residence of recent York.Frei could be the such a lot recognizable face and identify within the puppy game, as “the Voice of Westminster,” the well-known long island kennel membership for which he has labored for the earlier twenty years, yet his precise ardour in canines is remedy work.
In the book’s eighteen chapters, Frei retells the tales of the typical miracles he’s witnessed his remedy canines practice over enormous quantities of journeys to their favourite areas. presently in his moment iteration of remedy canines, Frei provides his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Angel” and Brittany “Grace” all of the credits for the life-altering paintings they do cheering up ill young children at Morgan Stanley’s Children’s medical institution, spending time with improving sufferers at NewYork- Presbyterian medical institution, and putting a paw within the hand of world-weary veterans on the Washington DC VA clinical Center.
Never sappy or sentimental, Frei’s writing type is easy and sincere with a swiftness that retains the reader turning pages (and wiping tears). past the inspiring storytelling, the ebook additionally bargains sensible suggestion to capability remedy puppy handlers approximately easy methods to get a puppy qualified with a formal registry, the tasks that accompany treatment paintings, and the significance of neighborhood involvement.
Frei’s organization with Westminster yielded the formation of a nonprofit association known as Angel on a Leash (the book’s namesake), which Frei was once the foremost founder. even if the association is now a separate entity from its recognized “parent,” most sensible in express winners of Westminster have usually retired from the exhibit ring into the world of treatment paintings, receiving Frei’s encouragement and counsel. among the beautiful moments captured within the book’s images part are images of Rufus, the coloured Bull Terrier; James, the English Spring Spaniel; and Uno, the Beagle, all superb victors of the well-known exhibit, spending time with teenagers on remedy visits.
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In any case, I would always tip a little extra and be sure to thank the drivers for taking the dog. Are these drivers going to pick up the next dog that they see? Maybe not—but then again, maybe. One night, a driver picked up Belle and me for the trip to Mount Sinai. “Hey, thanks for taking the dog,” I said as I put her on the floor and told him where we were going. “Dogs are better than a lot of my passengers,” he said. We laughed together. ” “Thank you from us both,” I said, “She just had a bath.
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I GET IT with his measured enthusiasm and his ability to draw out some difficult smiles. Cheri soon finished her master’s degree and was ready for her residency at Swedish. About that time, the American Kennel Club (AKC) asked if I would do some work for them as a public relations consultant and public spokesperson. The AKC was headquartered in New York City but told me that I could do the job from Seattle. We made a trip to New York and, while we were there, Cheri was offered a residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center.