The Underdogs

The Underdogs


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

    Duración: 15s

  • 002 Introduction

    Duración: 23min

  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duración: 32min

  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duración: 56min

  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duración: 22min

  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duración: 53min

  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duración: 27min

  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duración: 34min

  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duración: 27min

  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duración: 40min

  • 011 Chapter 09

    Duración: 38min

  • 012 Chapter 10

    Duración: 23min

  • 013 Chapter 11

    Duración: 34min

  • 014 Chapter 12

    Duración: 39min

  • 015 Chapter 13

    Duración: 33min

  • 016 Chapter 14

    Duración: 39min

  • 017 Chapter 15

    Duración: 24min

  • 018 Chapter 16

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  • 019 Chapter 17

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  • 020 Chapter 18

    Duración: 36min

  • 021 Credits

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  • sample

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