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These stories will make you laugh and, of course, cry—and if you don't have one, they will make you desperately wish for a pet. I especially love the stories where the vet and the pet actually rescued each other.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Vets and Pets: Veterans and the Amazing Animals That Help Them Heal

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Vets and Pets

Veterans and the Amazing Animals That Help Them Heal

Skyhorse Publishing, 2016

Vets and Pets tells fifteen emotional and entertaining stories of the incredible bonds between wounded warriors, veterans and other service members and their service and companion animals. Whether these special relationships are with dogs, cats, horses, pigs, or even birds of prey, readers will discover how these remarkable animals help veterans return to civilian life and live independently while simultaneously bringing joy and confidence into their lives.

Tyler struggled to adjust to civilian life after losing both of his legs in Afghanistan, until he met his intelligent and willfully disobedient red European Doberman pinscher, Apollo. Vietnam veteran Patrick regained a sense of well-being and hope through the study of birds of prey. Max the horse has helped numerous veterans learn to trust, improve their communication and increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. Mandi discovered that the intelligence and unconditional love of pigs were exactly what she needed to heal from an abusive past and a disappointing army-training injury. These are just a few of the uplifting stories that are featured in this striking collection.

In addition to exploring the unique, lifelong bonds that can develop between veterans and their animal companions, Vets and Pets spotlights extraordinary nonprofits that unite wounded warriors with service and companion animals, including Pets for Patriots, Hooves Marching for Mercy, Horses Helping Heroes and Avian Veteran Alliance, among others. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Pets for Patriots.

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