Sunday, August 11, 2013

Finding Harmony by Sally Hyner

Finding Harmony:  The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times, Sally Hyner.  New York, HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.  e-book, 224 pps.

Sally was a nurse in her twenties when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  She was married and had been used to hiking about the mountains with her husband Peter.  There was enough money to be had.  They'd taken some exotic trips to Morocco and to China.  They were living in London but later moved to Scotland.  After diagnosis, Sally went on to have three children-- a boy and two girls-- and the youngest named Melissa was diagnosed with autism.

Sally's M.S. spiraled and she needed the use of a wheelchair.  She wanted to maintain her independence and so she was accepted to get a service dog.  Harmony was that dog.  Harmony was a retriever with freckles and a delightful personality.  Harmony took to Sally and also especially to Melissa.  Sally was able to acquire a chair scooter and later on she got a sort of off-road rugged terrain wheelchair.  She and Harmony were able to climb mountains together.

sapphoq reviews says:  This book is a nice book about a service dog and a woman who did not give in easily when confronted with the great crippler of young women.  It was a bit slow-moving but an easy to read book.  Finding Harmony was not the best dog story I've ever read but it was not the worse either.  Recommended to those teen and adult readers who like dog stories.

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