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Penguin: Dutton Trade Fall 2019

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Doctor Dogs
How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine
By (author): Maria Goodavage
9781524743048 Hardcover English General Trade PETS / Dogs / Training Oct 01, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.43 x 9.28 x 1.17 in 368 pages Dutton
Sure, if you like dogs it’s nice to have one around. But as New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage reveals in this delightful, warm, globetrotting tour of canine research, dogs are good medicine for everyone.

Our definition of what a service dog does is evolving. With an unfathomably acute sense of smell and incredible neuroplasticity, dogs can be trained for a variety of tasks that go beyond commands like “fetch.” In Doctor Dogs, with her signature wit and passion, Maria Goodavage travels the United States, Europe, and Asia investigating the ways dogs are opening new avenues of health care.

We meet dogs and trainers who are keeping people safe during health crises—dogs who can interface with technology in case of emergency, if not actually ask Alexa to call an ambulance. Dogs are showing signs of being able to detect all kinds of cancer, heart disease, and seizures before any human notices them. Already, individuals with mental disorders rely on their service dog to get them through hallucinatory episodes. Maria spends time with families whose children have gotten relief from paralyzing anxiety decrease. Beyond such moving tales Maria takes readers behind the scenes in labs where, for example, scientists are testing whether dogs can be used at international border quarantine facilities—potentially protecting the health of a whole country. Maria also looks closer to home, reflecting on whether her own family could have had more time together if their pet had been trained in detection. Maria’s readers love her, and the emotional element in Doctor Dogs delivers powerfully alongside the fascinating new set of practices and discoveries in medical science.

Doctor Dogs continues Maria’s adventure into the world of dogs and how they change our lives for the better.

BESTSELLING FRANCHISE AUTHOR ON DOGS: Dutton started strong with Maria’s first book, Soldier Dogs, and her following has only grown larger. She’s landed on the New York Times list twice because she knows what dog stories readers are looking for.

PUBLICITY MAGNET:The Daily Show, 700 Club, Good Morning America, and The Today Show all love Maria Goodavage because she is poised on camera and delivers great stories; dogs and handlers add up to great interviews.

GOING PERSONAL: Maria has always excelled at giving her subjects personal touches, and in Doctor Dogs she opens up about her own experience with cancer detection in her family, registering her dog as a therapy companion, and more.

BROAD AUDIENCE: With Maria’s loyal fanbase already clamoring for her next book, Doctor Dogs has great potential for expanding her audience. Beyond her military readership, her new book will appeal to those interested in popular science, medicine, and mental health.

Maria Goodavage, veteran journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs, Top Dog, and Secret Service Dogs, lives in San Francisco with her family and yellow Lab, Gus Kilroy.

Author Residence: San Francisco, CA

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Praise for Secret Service Dogs

“A wonderful account and history of these unsung heroes at work every day to make the world safer….an important addition to the works that show how dogs really are man’s best friend.” -Library Journal

“Goodavage compels readers with stories of the bonds between Secret Service dogs and their handlers. A must-read for the dog lover.” -Booklist

“Maria Goodavage takes us into a world that few know about and shows us just how special these dogs are. Although their work is serious, none of it could happen without the special relationships between the dogs and their handlers that come shining through.” -Gregory Berns, author of How Dogs Love Us

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