Weekends With Daisy

Weekends With Daisy

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Still mourning the death of her previous dog, Sharron Kahn Luttrell decides to volunteer as a weekend puppy raiser in a program for prison-trained service dogs. Daisy captures Sharron's heart the moment she's handed the leash. Keith, the convict who cares for Daisy during the week, seems intimidating at first, but he is soft-spoken and polite. Each new command Daisy masters suggests a man who is patient, persistent, and committed. Sharron and Keith soon bond over their love for Daisy. Then Sharron discovers the horrifying crime that led to Keith's incarceration and her faith 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. Sharron and Keith start out believing that they are training Daisy, but in truth she is the one showing them the way, gently pushing them to let go and experience what it really means to sit, to stay, and to love.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2013
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451686234
Branch Call Number: 362.4 Lu
Description: 313 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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May 13, 2017

Wonderfully written. Insightful, honest, heartwarming, inspiring. Animals are the best. They remind us what life is all about.

Jan 24, 2017

This is a worthwhile read, and quite informative, but I offer a caveat. The first 100+ pages tell you much more than you would ever want to know about the author and all her thoughts about nearly everything she's ever had a thought about. Feel free to skim, as you won't miss anything important.
The second 100+ pages are much more interesting, as the training of the puppy is described in detail. Lots of detail. But still, it's good.
The last third of the book is the best part, as she is able to go about answering the questions she poses in the first third. Really revealing and absorbing.

NancyWilliams Mar 04, 2014

I loved this book. It was heartwarming, funny and informative. I felt empathy for Sharron when she had to return the dog for graduation into the NEADS program but at the same time knew it was the right thing to do. A lovely story.

ChristchurchLib Oct 15, 2013

"Daisy the Labrador retriever lived five days a week in a prison, where she was a pupil in the National Education for Assistance Dog Services programme, but at weekends she went to live with journalist Sharron Luttrell, who volunteered to help with Daisy's accommodation to life in the "real world." Keith, Daisy's inmate trainer, and Sharron had to learn a lot about the work of service dogs and how to train them, and Sharron often consulted with Keith and asked his advice. Sharron's memoir, Weekends with Daisy, offers both information and inspiration in this lively account of Daisy, her two trainers, and the Luttrell family." Biography and Memoir October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688879


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