I’ve enjoyed all the Ace Collins books I’ve read – fiction and non-fiction. Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero contains 12 true stories about guide dogs.
There is definitely sadness along with each story because there has to be a reason that a guide dog is needed. However, the focus is on how the dogs are able to help their owners and the hope that they give.
I knew that guide dogs do remarkable things, but I had not thought about the different types of tasks they would need to do for different locations and different levels of need. These stories also made me think about the training needed for the dogs – and the owners.
I assumed guide dogs were just for blind people, but this book has stories of them working with disabled children, elderly, and stroke victims. It is amazing how they are able to respond to body language to help those that struggle with speech. Each time, the guide dog transformed their owners life physically and emotionally.
It’s a good read for any age.
Here is some back cover copy:
Not all heroic dogs wildly toss themselves into lifesaving situations. Some save lives simply by their incredible commitment to duty and service. Some lead the way to independence for people whose disabilities were supposed to limit their lives.
In Service Tails: More Stories of Man’s Best Hero, prolific author Ace Collins introduces us to leaders whose entire lives are wrapped in the banner of service. Their stories are remarkable snapshots of the value of vision and teamwork, as well as devotion to duty and unconditional love and acceptance–stretching the way we see both canine and human potential. Their training was intense, their loyalty unquestioned and each step of the way they constantly adapt to better serve those they lead. These unforgettable dogs are more than heroes; they are models from which we can learn how to love and serve unconditionally.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Abingdon Press. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.