A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life by Sue Halpern

By Sue Halpern

A layabout mutt became treatment puppy leads her proprietor to a brand new knowing of the great life.

At unfastened ends along with her daughter leaving domestic and her husband at the highway, Sue Halpern made up our minds to provide herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a brand new leash—er, lease—on existence through getting the 2 of them qualified as a remedy puppy group. clever, lively, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky became out to be not just an excellent therapist yet an unerring ethical compass. within the not likely sounding area of a public nursing domestic, she led her teammate right into a sequence of encounters with the citizens that exposed depths of heat, humor, and perception Halpern hadn’t anticipated. And bit by bit, their adventures improved and illuminated Halpern’s experience of what advantage is and does—how acts of kindness rework the giver in addition to the given-to.

Funny, relocating, and profound, A puppy Walks right into a Nursing house is the tale of the way one trustworthy, charitable, loving, and occasionally prudent mutt—showing nice wish, fortitude, and discretion alongside the way in which (the occasional begged or stolen deal with notwithstanding)—taught a well-meaning girl the real nature and pleasures of the nice existence.

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The herding instinct has not been entirely bred out of Collies; their sharp awareness of movement may trigger an impulse to “round up” friends and family. Early socializing can prevent this trait from becoming a nuisance. Like all breeds originally intended as working dogs, the Collie becomes restless when under-exercised or left alone for long periods, and may start to bark excessively. However, given an energetic daily run, it can be kept in a modestly sized house or large apartment. This dog’s long, thick coat needs regular grooming to prevent tangles and matting.

Developed in New Zealand to be a working sheepdog, it is an excellent worker and is also gaining popularity as a house dog. Bright-eyed, alert expression Other colors Tricolor Dark brindle Currently may still appear in other colors. Short, thick, black coat Long, strong legs Typical tan markings Large feet AUSTRALIAN KELPIE FCI A TOUGH, HARDY, AND TIRELESS DOG WITH A STRONG NATURAL HERDING INSTINCT Height range 17–20in (43–51cm) Weight range 24–44lb (11–20kg) Life span 10–14 years The Australian Kelpie was developed to work as a sheepdog in the vast open expanses of Australia.

In general, the dogs in this highly diverse group tend to be large, though there are a few small but nonetheless robust exceptions. Working dogs are bred for strength and stamina, and many of them are capable of living outdoors in all weathers. A collie rounding up its flock is for most people the archetypal shepherd dog, but many other types of dog are used to work with livestock. These pastoral breeds, as they are known, are used for both herding and guarding. Herding dogs have a natural instinct for driving stock, though not all of them work in the same way.

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