About Paws, Purpose and Possibilities: How therapy dogs and faith healed my heart by Gail Scoates
I wrote this book in memory of my sister, Karen. She was called the Animal Lady by her neighbors, but known to me simply as my little sister. We were going to live together as old ladies with our dogs. But life doesn’t always turn out as we plan, as we hope. I stayed with Karen for the last four months of her life as she lived courageously with cancer. I saw the love of her family as we all cared for and loved her on her journey to heaven. Paramount to those who loved her were her two golden retrievers, Preston and Tanner.
This book is about my journey with therapy dogs for over twenty years as my gift to Karen, as I sought to find meaning in her grief and my loss. I did not see then, nor many times along this long journey, how God was present and interceded at each moment. But I see it now.
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Gail is a retired registered nurse. She worked in hospitals, home care, and hospice; and taught nursing students at Illinois Wesleyan University. Gail earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing and authored and co-authored several professional articles. Gail combines her personal and professional experiences when working with therapy dogs in a variety of settings.
Gail currently resides with David, her husband of forty-four years, and Sadie, her third golden retriever and therapy dog, in Wisconsin. Her hobbies include snowbirding in Gulf Shores, AL during the cold Wisconsin winters, traveling, gardening, therapy dog work, Bible studies, and spending time with family and friends.