A Pit Bull Terrier Named Gracie Dances With My Son on the Autism Spectrum

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One year ago almost to the day was when I first saw the six month old pit bull terrier that we would adopt and rename Gracie. She was in a down with her big, blocky head cradled between her two front paws, as far back as she could get from the front of the kennel run. It was noisy. Most animal shelters are. Everything that I knew about her came from listening to my son. He'd noticed her when she first appeared at the shelter in January. Now, almost three months later, at my son's … [Read more...]

Did Vicki Hearne Write Only For Smart People?

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Reading anything by Vicki Hearne is a daunting experience; surely not for the faint hearted. There is an intellectual rigor to her writing that brings all of her gifts and talents to bear. She was not just an animal trainer who drew high praise from her peers - Carol Lea Benjamin, Donald Craig and Elizabeth Marshall, to name a few. Hearne was also a poet and a philosopher. She had STRONG opinions about all kinds of controversial subjects and she wasn't afraid to call a spade a spade as … [Read more...]