Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Dog Named Slugger by Leigh Brill

Non-Fiction, Memoir

Bell Bridge Books

Release Date:
April 2010

EBook (also available in paperback)

This is from

Book Description
Publication Date: April 7, 2010

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.

My thoughts...

This is a touching, sweet story of a woman facing many personal and physical challenges. She gets help from an unexpected source...a service dog. A very special service dog named Slugger.

"A Dog Named Slugger" is written at a fast-paced rate letting readers share Brill's difficult journey from college to adulthood as well as dealing with cerebral palsy. Slugger sounds like a sweetheart. Whether you are an animal lover or not (or a cat lover like me), I think readers will be touched by this book. This story will grab everyone's heart, just make sure to have a box of tissues handy.

For reading challenges:

What an Animal Reading Challenge
2011 Show Me The Free Reading Challenge (From Kobo)

Disclosure: This book is from my own collection and read for my own enjoyment.


  1. My Mother-in-Law would love it. Thanks for a great gift idea.

  2. I think I have this. I'll have to look for it. Glad you liked it.

  3. I would love to read this as well.

  4. This sounds like a heartwarming read. Nice review.


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