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Author Annie grew up having dogs throughout her life that helped her with her Autism. Her love of animals, specially dogs, helped her find her passion in life to help animals therefore became a veterinarian. After many years of working with dogs she researched how canine companionship can help children with Autism. She explains the benefits of dogs as alternative treatment to those on the autism spectrum.
“Confidence came easily when I had acceptance every day, all day, which is what a dog provides for a person.”- Annie Bowes, DVM
If you are thinking about getting a dog, then this is the book for you. The author, a veterinarian, does a thorough job of explaining the benefits of having a dog, how to obtain a dog, what different types of breeds there are, service dogs, and dealing with the death of a dog. I love that she promotes adopting dogs from shelters rather than breeders and puppy mills. I also love that she lists the many benefits to the reader of having a dog.
“…dogs have been able to calm anxiety, decrease heart rate, and drop blood pressure just by their presence alone.”
I thought this book would be more about the benefits of autistic individuals having a dog but in reality it was more about the benefits of everyone having a dog. The author does relate her own experiences having autism and growing up with dogs and how they helped her and she has a whole chapter on how dogs understand autism and the research to back it up. Overall, this is a wonderful book for any dog lover and those looking into adopting a dog into their family.