HOPE HAS A COLD NOSE
“To have a service dog like Able should be the medication any soldier is prescribed who has gone out and had trauma of some kind.”
In Hope Has a Cold Nose, Christine Hassing relays true stories of soldiers and others who rose from the ashes of PTSD with the help of their service dogs. Devoting every chapter to a different human-canine pair, Hassing shares the story of each person with PTSD and their service dog with pathos and creativity.
These powerful stories, part testimonial, part author’s interpretation using rhythm and rhyme, bring important insights about how service dogs help people with PTSD in countless ways. From sensing a nightmare and waking a soldier before terror takes hold, to placing a comforting paw on someone’s shoulder to ward off a panic attack, these dogs play a key role in helping those who’ve lived through trauma reintegrate into society.
Lovingly written, Hope Has a Cold Nose is a unique and compelling collection of survivors’ stories for dog lovers of all kinds, for those who’ve experienced PTSD and their loved ones, and for those interested in how service dogs can help people heal from the deepest emotional wounds.
AN EXCERPT FROM HOPE HAS A COLD NOSE
When asked to share in a class who I most admired and why, I sat thankfully and fretfully in the back row of the classroom pondering my answer. I was thankful I was sitting in the back row and would not have to answer first so that I had the additional time to reflect. I was fretful trying to narrow my list down to one person.
When it became my turn to answer, my reply was something like this: I stopped telling people to watch the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close when the overwhelming response I would receive was that the movie was so sad. I didn’t see the sadness when I had watched the movie. Instead I saw the purpose of each encounter between the little boy and the individuals he met. I watched the gifts that came from tragedy. I found that I, too, desired to find and build 427 people into my scrapbook, twenty-fold. Throughout the entire movie I saw hope. What do I most admire? The strength and beauty of the human spirit.
I communicated that in class sitting next to a student who exemplified these two traits of those whom I most admire. Both of us were in an organizational leadership program and learning about servant-leadership. Both of us were now learning how we could take our leadership to next levels and he had far surpassed me in his experiences and capabilities to serve and lead in his career up to this point. His career involved the willingness and the vow to lay down his life for others in service to our country. And he was in class with his service dog who was supporting this veteran’s journey with PTSD.
As our journey...
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Objective: To raise awareness and understanding about the positive impact of service animals in the support and recovery of individuals journeying with pain, trauma, sorrow, and despair (PTSD).
As a direct result of this book, I see through a new set of eyes and feel with a more understanding heart. I admit to feeling irritation and confusion after witnessing a dog accompanying an adult ,in public, with no obvious physical disability. Although I am a dog lover I felt this was crossing the line. Christine’s retelling of the stories of these Brave Soldiers and their individual struggles to adapt to civilian life taught me much. The fact that the Soldier, as well as the dog they were eventually paired with, managed to save each other was extremely powerful and left me thankful for these new eyes and open heart.
On the journey of writing Hope Has a Cold Nose, I have been blessed to have my path cross with many wonderful organizations who have bravely and unwaveringly looked grief, pain, trauma, sorrow, and/or despair in the eye and made a vow to tirelessly focus on being a beacon of compassion, dignity, and hope for humans, and for souls in fur Please visit the tab "Communities of Support" to learn more.
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