Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch by David FreiAngel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch by David Frei

Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They Touch

byDavid Frei

Paperback | November 8, 2011

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David Frei’s heartwarming collection of stories about the therapy dogs in his life and the people whom they touch, Angel on a Leash celebrates the “ministry” that Frei shares with his wife, Chaplain Cherilyn Frei, the director of spiritual care at the Ronald McDonald House of New York.Frei may be the most recognizable face and name in the dog sport, as “the Voice of Westminster,” the famous New York kennel club for which he has worked for the past two decades, but his true passion in dogs is therapy work.

In the book’s eighteen chapters, Frei retells the stories of the everyday miracles he’s witnessed his therapy dogs perform over hundreds of trips to their favorite places. Currently in his second generation of therapy dogs, Frei gives his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel “Angel” and Brittany “Grace” all the credit for the life-altering work they do cheering up ailing children at Morgan Stanley’s Children’s Hospital, spending time with recovering patients at NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital, and placing a paw in the hand of world-weary veterans at the Washington DC VA Medical Center.

Never sappy or sentimental, Frei’s writing style is straightforward and honest with a swiftness that keeps the reader turning pages (and wiping tears). Beyond the inspiring storytelling, the book also offers practical advice to potential therapy dog handlers about how to get a dog certified with a proper registry, the responsibilities that accompany therapy work, and the importance of community involvement.

Frei’s association with Westminster yielded the formation of a nonprofit organization called Angel on a Leash (the book’s namesake), which Frei was the key founder. Although the organization is now a separate entity from its famous “parent,” Best in Show winners of Westminster have frequently retired from the show ring into the realm of therapy work, receiving Frei’s encouragement and guidance. Among the many exquisite moments captured in the book’s photography section are portraits of Rufus, the Colored Bull Terrier; James, the English Spring Spaniel; and Uno, the Beagle, all supreme victors of the famous show, spending time with children on therapy visits.
David Frei is well known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host (21 years) of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.In connection with that role, he has made many appearances on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "The Early Show," "Ellen," "The View," "Martha Stewart," "Charlie Rose" and more. He has be...
Title:Angel on a Leash: Therapy Dogs and the Lives They TouchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.7 inPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:FOX CHAPEL PUBLISHINGLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:193548463X

ISBN - 13:9781935484639

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Editorial Reviews

"Angel on a Leash will make you smile and cry and appreciate the great things that our dogs do for us and for people in need. My longtime friend David Frei has written a heartwarming book about his work with therapy dogs and the human-animal bond. So ready, put the book down, hug your dog, and repeat, again and yet again. I love it and so will you! You will want to reread this one." - Betty White"Therapy dog work helps you and your dog teach one another and learn from one another. David Frei's Angel on a Leash is a terrific lesson in how that happens. David and his dogs love and trust each other, and this has enabled him to make it his life's work to share hope with people in need. It has also given him many wonderful stories to share with us in the heartwarming book. I couldn't put it down." - Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer"When a dog wags his tail, is is connected to his heart. When David tells these stories of the dogs he has known and the good that they've done, they are connected to his." - John O'Hurley, from the foreword