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Skilled in the art of combining vivid in-the-moment storytelling with thoughtful analysis… [Halpern is] a deeply ethical thinker with a bright sense of humor… A profoundly affecting and edifying chronicle brimming with practical wisdom.” Booklist (starred review) 

"Affectionate and deeply affecting, written with a light hand and a keen eye, this is a wonderful story of great things--namely love, life, human kindness, and dogs.   –Susan Orlean, author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend and The Orchid Thief

“Witty and compassionate… readers will take away the knowledge that we are each given one life and we had best not squander how we live it.” Kirkus

"A joyous and moving account of how seemingly small gifts of kinds can make a profound difference. And not to the recipient alone.  –Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March and Caleb’s Crossing

“Halpern’s love of life and openness to its infinite possibilities shine through in this powerful and engaging account of her time working in a Vermont nursing home.”  Publishers Weekly

“A book about a dog that is ultimately a book about humanity… a beautiful, honest, joyful accounting of what matters.”
–Terry Tempest Williams
author of Refuge and When Women Were Birds


“A therapy dog opens many doors of deeper human communication. All people interesting in improving the lives of others should read this insightful book.” –Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

“This is a gem of a book, a beautiful, wise, and big-hearted story about companionship and the true nature of virtue."  

--Diane Ackerman, author of One Hundred Names for Love