My Dog, My Friend: the positive impact of dogs on mental wellbeing

10th September 2014

A new book celebrating the human/dog relationship and the positive impact of dogs on mental wellbeing is raising money for the Samaritans.

MMy_DogMy_Friendy Dog, My Friend, compiled by Jacki Gordon, is described as:

“An anthology by people from all walks of life on the positive impact that dogs make to our lives, in particular our mental health and wellbeing.”

Contributors range from people using mental health services; MPs; a youth offender participating in a dog-rehabilitation programme; and children participating in the Read2Dogs scheme; to celebrities including Esther Rantzen, Alan Titchmarsh, Antony Worral Thompson, Charlie Dimmock, Simon Callow, and David Shrigley.

Talking about the book in a recent article in the Guardian, author Julie Myerson said:

“Most of all, when your confidence is at its lowest, when you feel battered – by life, death and (especially) other humans – a dog will shove her nose in your hand and tell you, with conviction and feeling, what a really good person you are.”

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