As an animal lover, it didn’t take me long to request Ace Collins newest book Service Tails – More Stores of Man’s Best Hero. What a treat it was to read this book. With all that’s wrong in the world today, it was lovely to take some time and learn about how service dogs have been helping people with disabilities and health challenges live full and independent lives.
Service Tails tells the stories of twelve different people, with various disabilities, whose lives were transformed for the better though the use of service dogs helping them live everyday life. For years I’ve known about seeing-eye dogs that help the blind, but didn’t realize all the other areas that dogs could be trained to help.
I found it interesting to learn about how the dogs are trained. Why one breed of dog is used over another. Each organization takes a careful look at the needs of the disabled person and puts a lot of thought into selecting just the right animal. Training may need to be customized so the dog is able to meet the needs of the person they will be serving.
In Service Tails you will learn how service dogs first started being used in the United States. I felt grateful for the courageous and pioneering spirit of Morris Frank and his determination to get a guide dog so he could regain his freedom and independence. But he didn’t stop there; he went on to share with other blind Americans the gift of guide dogs.
It was heartwarming to hear about the bonding that happens between a person and their service dog. However, it was disconcerting to read about the way people with disabilities are treated and may feel isolated, ignored or treated like a small child. I was encouraged to see how the service animal helps breakdown some barriers for disabled people. Instead of people shying away from a disabled person, they are now drawn to them because of the animal. The service dog serves as a vehicle to help people see beyond the disability and see the person for who they are and things they may have in common.
Service Tails is a book about heroes. The disabled person who won’t settle for being isolated, giving up and living the rest of their life behind closed doors. The service dogs whom God has gifted with the right temperament, skills, and intelligence to learn and help and serve people in need. Not to be forgotten are the people who train and work with the dogs to prepare them for a life of serving, loving and caring for their own special person.
I highly recommend Service Tails – More Stores of Man’s Best Hero by Ace Collins. This book will encourage you and may give you a new perspective on disabled people and the dogs who serve them.
I would like to thank Litfuse and Abingdon Press for the opportunity to read Service Tails by Ace Collins in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.