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Life, Death, And Dogs

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Riverhead Books
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Penguin

Tue 5/21/13 Noon & 7 pm When writer Sue Halpern faced the loneliness and boredom of an empty nest, she decided to face it in an unusual way. She and her dog Pranksy began visiting a local nursing home as a therapy dog team. Along the way Halpern learned some interesting things about herself, and the virtues we all try to live by. 

"Nothing in my life had prepared me for the simple act of visiting strangers in a place like this - not the nursing home orientation video, not therapy dog training, and not, certainly, all my years in school."

If you have an experience with a therapy animal, or a question for Sue Halpern, send it to vermontedition@vpr.net or post it here.

Also on the show, we'll hear from Adjutant General Steven Cray about how Vermont's National Guard deals with sexual assault cases.