by Erin K. | | 2 Comments | Tags: ,

Welcome to Week 3 of the Online Book Club discussion of The Underdogs.

How did you enjoy this section? Are you finding your rhythm in each chapter? Do you wish each chapter was longer or more connected to the one before? Do you find yourself getting emotional every time you read about a dog connecting with one of the children?

In chapter 6, we read more about Connor, a boy we first met in chapter 3. I think my favorite part of this chapter was the fact that the dog, Casey, helped Connor connect with kids his own age. It was so cool that when he went to the playground with Casey, kids came up and talked to him, asked him about his dog, and wanted to play with him. I was glad that Connor was able to have those sorts of interactions, especially since it seemed like he wasn’t able to interact with kids his own age before Casey showed up.

In chapter 7, we finally connect back with Karen, the founder of 4 Paws for Ability. It is amazing that her experiences in life and with her dog Ben prepared and inspired her to create this organization that has helped so many people. I loved getting to read more about her in this chapter. Did you appreciate this chapter as well? Did you wish that it came earlier in the book?

The next few chapters kind of blurred together for me. There was a lot of talk about the science behind dogs, and I just didn’t find all of it to be overly interesting. I did really like reading about how Karen got dogs from the shelter at first. It was inspiring that these dogs that had hard beginnings in life could be trained to do useful things. I have a soft spot for pet adoption from shelters, so I loved reading about how some of the animals were able to be rescued.

Another thing that I have enjoyed this month is the chance to learn more about 4 Paws and how they do so many things. One cool program that I recently found out about is that 4 Paws takes puppies to college campuses during finals. This helps relieve stress for the students, while letting the puppies socialize. Isn’t that a great idea? If you want to read more, check out this article and this one, too.

I can’t wait to hear what you thought of these chapters. Please leave a comment to tell me what you enjoyed about the reading this week. And, if you’re participating in any of the Big Read activities, make sure to tell me about that, too.

Make sure to finish the book before checking back in with us next week!

2 Responses to “The Underdogs, Week 3”

  1. Carrol

    I admit I am having trouble getting through the chapters that have so much information about the psychology of dogs. I have certainly experienced times with my own dog when I thought she was more human than dog.

    I really liked learning about Karen and all of the things she has been able to accomplish. I felt her pain when she talked about her physical struggles. I was so glad Karen’s caregiver pushed and encouraged her to find a dog to help gain back some of her independence. What an inspiration!

    Great articles about the “distressing” dogs. I can so understand how that works.

    I will keep reading and hopefully find out what happens to the children who have already been mentioned in the book.

    • Erin K.

      What a great comment, Carrol, that there have been times that you felt your dog was more human than dog. I can identify with that, too.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the chapters about Karen, and I hope you are able to find some closure on the stories of some of the kids in the final chapters.

      Have fun finishing the rest of the book! I hope the reading goes smoothly for you!

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