Praise for Afternoons with Puppy
This is a lovely read and another example of the many roles dogs take on in life. It will also remind us to tune into the quiet communications with our own pets.
Dogs teach us that we are worthy of being loved, that we have the capacity to love, that courage and loyalty spawn happiness, that we must live for others, that life’s mystery requires of us humility and joy. Dogs teach us the very virtues that God asks for us, and Dr. Fine uses the human-animal bond to bring the patient into the fullness of a purpose filled life.
New York Times Best Selling Author
Animals play an extraordinary role in human lives and the tales in this book provide ample evidence that they are more than simply guard dogs or even companions. They have great power to overcome pain and distress and promote healing in their human companions. Dr Fine does all of us a tremendous service by relating his experiences with his animal "co-therapists.
Andrew Rowan Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
The Humane Society of the United States
CEO, The Humane Society International
Afternoons with Puppy is an inspiring book. It made me appreciate even more the healing powers of dogs. We are just beginning to know all that is possible with our compassionate canine companions.
Author and Artist
An African proverb claims that dogs do not talk because they know we'd put them to work. Well, Aubrey Fine offered a cadre of dogs (and a host of other animals) the chance to "work" without words, and they jumped at it. In "Afternoons with Puppy," Fine details his journey as a therapist who brought animals to "work" from the beginning of his career, and offers proof born of personal experience---the only truly legitimate kind---that animals bring something magical to the healing table that humans simply can't. Working in partnership with animal therapists, healers of many disciplines can bring a kind of wholeness to the healing process that we don't see often enough. Fine shows us the way with words full of heart and skill. Thank you, Aubrey. And thank you, Puppy.
Susan Chernak McElroy
"Animals as Teachers and Healers, and "Why Buffalo Dance."
Dr. Aubrey Fine is not only a remarkable psychotherapist; he is also an incredible storyteller. The true stories that he tells, based on his work as a therapist for children, illustrate the healing power of the human-animal bond. The interactions among Dr. Fine, his patients and his canine co-therapists show how trust, love and the joy of being in the present are a basis for emotional and mental health. In this book, he opens our eyes to the real reasons we welcome pets into our families. Through these vignettes, Puppy, Hart, Shrimp and the many other non-human members of Dr. Fine’s therapy team teach us about the balance of nature, about life and death, and about finding strength inside ourselves through unquestioning emotional support.
This book should be in the library of every therapist, veterinarian, pediatrician, and parent.
Richard Timmins, DVM
Director, Center for Animals in Society
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis
I loved Afternoons with Puppy. Fine gives us a glimpse into the therapeutic magic that he has been able to channel when he uses his animals in therapy. The stories within this book will capture your heart. They truly help you see how valuable animals can be in the lives of many people.
How fortunate we are all to have Fine share his insights on his experiences in working with his patients with his animals. The book leaves you feeling inspired as you witness first hand the healing power of the human animal bond.
Sam Ross Ph.D.
Founder- Green Chimneys
Afternoons with Puppy weaves something in it for everyone. One will be touched by the honesty and lessons of each story. It gently reminds us of how the connections we share with our companion animals can enhance not only our own well-being but also of those around us.
Dianne M. Bell