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Welcome to Week 4 of our Online Book Club discussion of The Underdogs.

You did it! You made it to the end of the Big Read! What did you think? Did you like reading a book, knowing that so many other people across our area were reading it too? Did you talk with anyone about the book or attend any Big Read programs?

I loved how this section started out. Isn’t it cool that 4 Paws for Ability takes dogs to the prison to be trained? The dogs make a difference in the lives of many people, not just the families that they are eventually placed with. I loved reading about how the dogs had such a big impact on the lives of the prisoners who train them.

This blog post shows pictures of Eddie Hill with some of the dogs he has trained. The Reader’s Digest article the photos originally accompanied was written by Melissa Fay Greene. It mostly repeats information from the book, but the pictures are incredible to look at.

Were any of you able to read the chapter about Connor and Casey and Connor’s death without crying like a baby? That section was so incredibly emotional, and I found myself barely able to keep reading. Can you believe how Casey grieved after Connor’s death? Have any of you seen that kind of grief from a dog? I was glad that Casey eventually got Micah, his new little brother, but Micah definitely didn’t fill the void of Connor for Casey.

After reading the whole book, do you feel like the title, The Underdogs, matches the theme of the book? Who do you think the underdogs are—the service dogs, or the people who are matched with service dogs? Did you feel like the title and cover adequately prepared you for what the book was going to be about?

I’m glad you joined with us this month to learn about this special organization. I hope you were able to attend some programs and are now better aware of this organization that is making such a big difference in our area and the rest of the country.

I hope you’ll join us next month as we read It by Stephen King. The book is incredibly long, but I hope you’ll at least watch the movie and tell me what you think of the story.


2 Responses to “The Underdogs, Week 4”

  1. Carrol

    This last section was definitely my favorite. I was so interested to learn about the dogs trained in prisons and the way those dogs changed the lives of the inmates.

    Eddie Hill’s work with these dogs is unbelievable. How fortunate for the people who received his dogs. They were certainly well-trained.

    My heart certainly went out to Connor’s parents. That chapter was so touching. I was really happy with the new addition to their family. He certainly made a difference in all their lives.

    I think the underdogs are the people who are matched to the service dogs. They definitely don’t have the training the dogs have and have to come from behind to make this arrangement work.

    Thanks for the extra pictures and sites. They are always so helpful.

    • Erin K.

      I’m glad you made it all the way through the book, Carrol! I’m glad you appreciated the sections about the prisoners–those were my favorite parts.

      Can you believe how much training the owners of these dogs have to go through to make the arrangement work? It’s all worth it, though, since the dogs make such a difference.

      Thanks for looking at the extra pictures and sites. I’m glad you enjoyed them!

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