In this story Ms. Brill discussed how difficult it was for her to manage through a normal day because she was suffering from Cerebral Palsy since a very young age. Constantly being unsteady on her feet and even falling at times, made her realize that maybe a service dog would be the answer for her. After looking into some canine assistance programs, she contacted Caring Canine Companions and eventually was paired up with a beautiful and very intelligent yellow Lab named Slugger.
Slugger did everything with Leigh from going to school to shopping to even helping her with laundry. He became such an integral part of her life that they had formed one of the deepest bonds a person and dog could ever share together.
This story is a true testament how highly intelligent dogs are and how they're lifesavers to individuals such as Leigh who don't want to be left behind because they suffer some debilitating disease. Slugger seemed like a canine angel on earth and no matter where he went he won the hearts of many. I loved this book and enjoyed seeing the complete journey that Leigh and Slugger went through. This is definitely a book that I highly recommend to any reader and I assure you that you'll fall in love with Slugger as I have done while reading it!
The true life story of a dog who changed everything for one woman. For the first time in my life, I didn't need to pretend, I didn't need to be tough: I only needed to be honest. "I have cerebral palsy. I walk funny and my balance is bad. I fall a lot. My hands shake, too. That means I'm not so good at carrying things. And if I drop stuff, sometimes it's hard to just bend down and get it." I waited anxiously for the interviewer's response. She smiled. "It sounds like a service dog could be great for you." So began Leigh Brill's journey toward independence and confidence, all thanks to a trained companion dog named Slugger. The struggling college student and the Labrador with a "a coat like sunshine" and a tail that never stopped wagging became an instant team. Together, they transformed a challenge into a triumph. Together, they inspired and educated everyone they met. Now, Leigh honors her friend with the story of their life, together.