Item description for Dear Kilroy: A Dog to Guide Us (Capital Ideas) by Nora Vitz Harrison...
Kilroy, a yellow Labrador retriever, started life as a potential guide for the blind. His life took a detour when he was dropped from the program. Nora's sister, Alice, adopted him as a pet. The love he brought to her life eased her through a very difficult time - the dissolution of her 18-year marriage. Watching and participating in this special relationship reminded Nora that success takes many forms. Kilroy "failed" as a guide dog, but he succeeded in changing Alice's life for the better. He became her guide as she made her journey from grief to new happiness.
Some of the best teachers in this world have four legs and bark. Dogs help us make friends, transcend tragedies, grieve the loss of loved ones and just plain enjoy life. According to researchers, pets improve our human immune-system functions - a fancy way to say they make us feel good. "Dear Kilroy," a collection of inspirational stories, photographs, and imaginary canine correspondence, celebrates this magical relationship between people and dogs. The book's true-life stories follow a few special dogs and the human lives they change. As the dogs in these stories strive to fulfill their potential - whether to become a guide for the visually impaired or to become the best, most-trusted pet of someone in need - they teach us all how to become better human beings.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.28" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.73 lbs.
Publisher Capital Books
ISBN 1931868395 ISBN13 9781931868396
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More About Nora Vitz Harrison
Nora Vitz Harrison is a volunteer puppy-raising leader for Guide Dogs for the Blind and active in animal-welfare organizations. She has been a writer for corporate America since 1979. Her human-interest essays have appeared in "The Oregonian" newspaper and other publications. She lives in Oregon with her husband and her dog, Riley. When she is not writing, she loves to hike which is Riley s favorite hobby, too.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dear Kilroy: A Dog to Guide Us (Capital Ideas)?
Fond Memories & Tears Mar 17, 2007
What a wonderful story about our best friends. It brought back fond memories and tears of our first Golden Retriever, Riley. He was adopted but developed a severe medical problem. Riley poured out his heart with love. I would recommend this book to anyone who owns a dog, owned a dog, wants to own a dog, or is wondering what it would be like to own a dog. You will fall in love with Kilroy and his friend Riley. It is a touching story of friendship and bonding and the service Guide Dogs provide to those in need. Definitely Five Stars!
Dear Kilroy Sep 15, 2004
For those of us who have a compassion for animals and the people who need them, "Dear Kilroy" is a must have book. Through pictures, stories and letters, the author gives us a glimpse into the hearts of both people and animals and reminds us just how much we really need one another. If you're an animal lover, rescuer, trainer or if you just enjoy a book which is inspiring, you will love this book. "Dear Kilroy" is the number one gift for all my animal-loving friends this Christmas.
A Book to Touch Your Heart Jan 13, 2004
I have just finished reading Dear Kilroy. From the first few words, I knew that I didn't want this book to end. I was totally immersed in every page. Harrison's ability to put emotions into such descriptive language left me yearning to cuddle my own dogs. It's beautifully written with equally expressive photos. I can't remember a book that has touched my heart in such a meaningful way as Dear Kilroy.
Life Lessons Dec 19, 2003
I am a teacher. "Dear Kilroy" is a terrific book for the classroom. Through the stories and photos about dogs, the author shares meaningful lessons about human relations and living more fully. Students can relate to the stories--they "get" it. The story "Riley's Eye" is particularly good when discussing tolerance and acceptance of others. This book is also an excellent example of evocative storytelling; the writing is descriptive yet tight. Every word counts. "Dear Kilroy" is not a children's book, but it is appropriate for all ages. Highly recommended.
Uplifting and Compelling Aug 19, 2003
Nora Vitz Harrison's collection of inspirational stories, photographs and imaginary correspondence captures the magic of the human-canine bond. The common characters among the stories tie the book together so one story flows to the next. I sat down to read the introduction and discovered several hours later that I had read the entire book in one sitting -- it's that compelling. As I read, I came to care for each of the characters, both human and canine. I yearned for a happy ending for all of them. But Harrison's very personal book is true to life; not every story has a happy ending. While DEAR KILROY elicited tears, it also made me laugh out loud many times. It may be about dogs -- guide dogs, animal-shelter dogs and pet dogs -- but DEAR KILROY is more than a "dog" book. It is a book about life, love and becoming better humans. As I read the last page, I felt uplifted, and I was reminded of the very important lessons our animal friends can teach us if we would just pay attention. DEAR KILROY has become my gift of choice to all my animal-loving friends. A beautiful book.