Life with McDuff: Lessons Learned from a Therapy Dog

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Judy McFadden shares the story of her nine-year journey with McDuff, the mystical Scottish terrier therapy dog, and the life lessons she learned while accompanying him on his mission to provide comfort and joy. From the moment she saved his life as a nine-week old puppy, an incredible bond deepened that couldn't be broken—even after his death. Judy witnessed five young adults with handicaps respond to McDuff in amazing ways. Steven, a fifth grader who experienced crippling reading difficulties, advanced from a "D" average to the honor roll in twelve weeks after reading to McDuff. McDuff also provided his special brand of therapy during tumultuous events in the Judy's life. He had two sides, one dedicated and dignified and the other stubborn and hilarious. Judy describes how time after time his stubbornness and off-the-chart intelligence combined to outsmart and frustrate her to tears. You will laugh, cry, and learn valuable life-changing lessons in Life with McDuff.

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Judy McFadden, a coal miner's daughter born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, has experienced a special connection with animals, especially dogs, throughout her life. As a certified Therapy Dogs International volunteer and a member of K-9 Therapists of Las Vegas, McFadden and her Scottish terrier, McDuff, were featured on local television and newspapers in recognition of McDuff's outstanding therapy dog work. She speaks to audiences to promote awareness of Therapy Dogs International, Reading with Rover, and the therapeutic benefits of therapy dogs and animal assisted reading programs.

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