Friday, January 7, 2011

A Dog Named Slugger

I have decided to add an occasional book review to my blog. Since I bought my Kindle last year I have been doing a lot more reading. I have the Kindle app for my i-phone, so I can read for a few minutes anytime I have a bit of time. I love the way that Kindle keeps up with were I am in a book whether I am reading on my Kindle or my i-phone. Modern technology really impresses us old guys.

My first review is of the book “A Dog Named Slugger” by Leigh Brill. It is a first person account of Leigh’s partnership with the big yellow Labrador Retriever that was her service dog. As Slugger provided balance for her on walks, he also brought balance to her emotionally and mentally. He was her calming and comforting companion as she graduated from college and obtained her master’s degree. Because of Slugger she was able to have a career and lead a more normal life.

The book offers a lot of insights into what it is like for a handicapped person to grow up with their disability. In the book, Leigh opens up her heart to the reader and gives you an idea of what a person with cerebral palsy goes through. She does it in a way that doesn't elicit pity but pleads for understanding. Her service dog Slugger gave her the confidence to come out of the shell she had been hiding in. He not only improved her day to day life, but he also instilled her with the confidence she needed to stand up for herself.

If you are an animal lover you will learn to love Slugger just by reading this book. I was amazed to learn what a service dog could do for someone like Leigh. Besides steadying her when she walked and helping her up and down stairs, he could also turn light switches on and off, drag laundry baskets, retrieve items and perform so many helping tasks.

I really enjoyed the book and found that it was like three books in one. First, it is almost an autobiography of Leigh. She does a great job of letting you into her life. Second, it is simply a great dog story. In a way it reminded me of the book "Marley and Me", but in a more serious vein. Third, it is a great introduction into the world of service dogs.

I really enjoyed reading A Dog Named Slugger and recommend it highly. You can find it at by clicking on this link.


  1. Thanks for the review. I have been on the fence about this book and you pushed me over and I will get it.
    I too love my Kindle to the point that in a house fire, after my pets, the Kindle gets rescued.
    See you might get snow. Enjoy.

  2. Thank you, Richard. This book is one that I most likely would enjoy and, as my sister has gifted me with a Kindle (though not yet activated as I needed to swap it for a 3-G model) I will see about downloading this book.

    Guess I'll make a milk and bread run today, just in case! I hope the white, flaky stuff passes us by. Be careful out there. - Pat

  3. I will put this book on my list and the Marley and me book. Are you going to get any of that snow? looks like we may get a hit and miss snow.
    Stay warm

  4. I will give this a try. Sounds like a wonderful book.

    I have a Kindle, too. I have resolved to get through my printed books to get to it, though. Maybe that's a crazy idea.

  5. I have read the book Richard and it is a real good testimony to man's best friend. Slugger is my kind of guy...I agree with you, everyone will enjoy it. Thanks for the review as it re-inforces what I thought about Slugger.

  6. i noticed this habit prominent among the westerners.. reading when there is a spare moment. it is a good habit. i should consider that.