The Underdogs

The Underdogs

Author Melissa Fay Greene Duration: 10:33:33 Narrator Christina Delaine Publisher HarperCollins USA
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From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief, emotional, physical, and cognitive disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Underdogs tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age twenty-four by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as a ventilator-dependent, immobile patient, who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was “too disabled.” Her nurse encouraged her to tone down the suicidal thoughts, find a puppy, and raise her own service dog. Karen did this, and Ben, a German shepherd, dragged her back into life. “How many people are stranded like I was,” she wondered, “who would lead productive lives if only they had a dog?”

A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen Shirk’s service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Long shunned by scientists as a manmade, synthetic species, and oft- referred to as “Man’s Best Friend” almost patronizingly, dogs are finally paid respectful attention by a new generation of neuroscientists and animal behaviorists. Melissa Fay Greene weaves the latest scientific discoveries about our co-evolution with dogs with Karen’s story and a few exquisitely rendered stories of suffering children and their heartbroken families.

Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, what could have been merely touching is a penetrating, compassionate exploration of larger questions: about our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love.

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  • 001 The Underdogs

    Duration: 15s

  • 002 Introduction

    Duration: 23min

  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duration: 32min

  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duration: 56min

  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duration: 22min

  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duration: 53min

  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duration: 27min

  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duration: 34min

  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duration: 27min

  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duration: 40min

  • 011 Chapter 09

    Duration: 38min

  • 012 Chapter 10

    Duration: 23min

  • 013 Chapter 11

    Duration: 34min

  • 014 Chapter 12

    Duration: 39min

  • 015 Chapter 13

    Duration: 33min

  • 016 Chapter 14

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  • 017 Chapter 15

    Duration: 24min

  • 018 Chapter 16

    Duration: 24min

  • 019 Chapter 17

    Duration: 19min

  • 020 Chapter 18

    Duration: 36min

  • 021 Credits

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