When Dogs Heal
Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them
The best medicine may not always be found at a pharmacy or in a doctor’s office. Sometimes it comes in the form of a four-legged friend.
Three well-known leaders in their fields—award-winning dog photographer Jesse Freidin, adolescent HIV+ specialist Dr. Robert Garofalo, and LGBTQ advocate and journalist Zach Stafford—offer a refreshing, beautiful, and unique portrait of HIV infused with a deep message of hope. Each extraordinary profile shows the power of the incredible bonds between humans and their canine companions, whether that means combating loneliness and stigma, discovering the importance of unconditional love, overcoming addiction, or simply having a best friend in a time of need.
When Dogs Heal shares the stories of a diverse set of people who are thriving and celebrating life thanks to the compassion and unconditional love of their dogs.
A portion of the proceeds from this book benefits Fred Says, an organization dedicated to financially supporting HIV+ teen health care.
|Interest Level||Grade 8 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Genre||Social Studies, Young Adult|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Zest Books ™|
|Number of Pages||152|
- Booklist Top 10 Health and Wellness
- Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
“Take HIV/AIDS away from the book’s 36 first-person profiles, and it’s still a remarkable collection of stories about how pets, dogs in particular, can transform lives. But the resilience those particular stories convey is intentionally, inextricably linked to the sometimes deadly disease, although one that’s now more often chronic and treatable.”—People Magazine
School Library Journal
“A unique collection that is unflinchingly honest and infused with hope. These valuable lessons of empathy, self-care, and acceptance will inspire all readers . . .”—starred, School Library Journal
“[D]eals affectingly with a subject that remains too absent in books for young readers. It deserves the widest possible readership.”—starred, Booklist
“[T]he stories are uplifting and well written . . . connecting a range of HIV-positive queer experiences with dog ownership.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Zach Stafford
Zach Stafford is an award-winning journalist who currently serves as editor-at-large of BuzzFeed and co-host of the daily news podcast News O'Clock. Zach regularly provides commentary on television and has appeared on the BBC, CNN and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He's based in New York City.
Author: Robert Garofalo
Robert Garofalo is a professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University and physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is founder of Fred Says, a non-profit charity that supports HIV+ youth
Author, Photographer: Jesse Freidin
Jesse Freidin is a fine-art dog photographer whose dog portraits are in private collections throughout the United States and have been exhibited in galleries from coast to coast. He's based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Author: Christina Garofalo
Christina Garofalo is an L.A.-based TV writer and journalist. She's covered travel, food, and culture for more than a dozen publications, including Afar, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, Paste, Resident, Robb Report, and ShermansTravel. Previously, she's served as an editor for ShermansTravel, Robb Report, and Gilt.com. Christina is also the voice of Fred Says on social media.
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