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Psychiatrist Dr. Brenden McCarthy determines he'll do whatever it takes to rescue a young marine from despair. But ultimately it's McCarthy's big-hearted and courageous black Labrador, Nelson, who teaches both men the real meaning of life after near-death.
America's sweetheart, impassioned lifelong animal welfare advocate, and New York Times bestselling author Betty White shares intimate, funny, and enlightening stories about her very best friends in the world... All her life, Betty White has had a menagerie of pets, many of them rescued, and has donated countless hours and resources to animal welfare. Animals are her passion, and that passion extends to zoos and their importance for the conservation of species and for offering humans the ability to witness the grandeur and variety of these magnificent animals from around the world. Betty & Friends is a love letter to those zoos, to their dedicated workers, and especially to the animals in them--from Gita the elephant, whom Betty used to take for walks; to Bruno the orangutan, who flaunts his affections for Betty; to Jacob the boa, who loves a good hug. Gaining access to this majestic world through Betty's eyes and her inimitable words is a beautiful thing indeed for animal lovers and Betty White lovers of all ages. INCLUDES GORGEOUS FULL-COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
America loves Betty White! From her early days in television with her first show "Life with Elizabeth," to "Password," through her mischievous years as Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and now as Rose on the delightful series "The Golden Girls," she has been loved and lauded. Now, at last, in this wonderful new book, we meet the real Betty White, up close and personal. Gathered here are Betty's wit and wisdom, her observations and intuitions. In these pages, she looks forward and back, and shares all that she sees. Somehow, Betty White has learned to take all that life can give, and has found the best in every smallest part. She recounts for us stories and adventures(and misadventures, too!) shared with many of her favorite friends. We read her warm and open thoughts about sex, grief, hope, friendship, and aging, and hear her familiar voice, as she touches upon topics like enthusiasm, people- watching, imagination, saving things, and believe it or not, things she hates! This book is a true gem. In these pages we meet the woman behind the endearing celebrity - and discover that they are one and the same. For years audiences have identified and been attracted to that singular spark of energy and enthusiasm, that "something" that Betty White brings to every role and infuses into each of her marvelous characters. Now, that unique quality provides inspiration for many more people, as readers laugh, cry, and sigh right along with her.
Much has been written about how people should take care of their pets-but here is a fascinating, documented account of how pets can and do take care of people. Noted actress and animal lover Betty White draws on personal experience and the studies of leading authorities to show how science has confirmed what pet owners have known instinctively all along-that pets contribute to the health and well-being of their owners. Pet-love-"the human/companion animal bond" -is a mutually rewarding relationship. In the past few years, scientific research has not only explained why and how but also greatly extended the possibilities for its use. For instance, "pet therapy" or "pet-facilitated therapy" is currently being used to treat the mentally ill, revitalize the elderly, and motivate the handicapped. This book describes some remarkable case histories. There are new insights now into the attitudes and feelings that humans have toward their pets and therefore new insights into what pets do for us. Many animals give owners who live alone a feeling of security. Walking a dog provides exercise for people who might otherwise never get out of the house. The companionship of pets dramatically reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness. Perhaps most important, pets provoke a strong caring response in their owners. Pets reduce stress, may lower a person's blood pressure, and in other ways can actually improve health and prolong life. Pet-Love is an entertaining book as well as a serious one-just as pets are themselves entertaining. Betty White tells many stories of her own experiences with animals and those of celebrity pet owners such as Carol Burnett, Jimmy Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Fred Astaire, and Loretta Swit. It is wonderful to read about the intelligence of Hearing Ear dogs who help their deaf owners cope with life, or how family pets can aid the learning process in children, and how pets can give everyone the happiness of experiencing their un questioning affection.
The beloved actress currently enjoying a huge wave of popularity brings her account of her life and career up-to-date with new material and photos.
The New York Times bestseller from the beloved actress who's made us laugh on shows from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Saturday Night Live! In this candid take on everything from the unglamorous reality behind red-carpet affairs to her beauty regimen ("I have no idea what color my hair is, and I never intend to find out"), Betty White shares her observations about life, celebrity, and love (for humans and animals). Filled with photos, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and straight to the point-just like Betty.
Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between.
The story of a dog, and the extraordinary difference she made in every life she touched. After sixty years in show business, Betty White has earned her reputation as an American icon. She may be a bona fide television pioneer, but throughout Betty's life, her heart has always been with the animals. But one of the most enriching episodes in her career as an animal-rights advocate arrived with actor Tom Sullivan. Blind since birth, Tom was one of Betty's closest friends and professional partners. Their dearest collaboration was a mutual devotion to a golden retriever named Dinah. This first-class guide dog was more than Tom's best friend, she was a source of unqualified loyalty and love. Most important, she enabled Tom to be truly independent for the first time in his life. However as Dinah got older, as her faculties weakened and her confidence faltered, Tom had little choice but to get a new dog. The effect of losing her purpose was devastating to the once-gallant Dinah. Then Betty gladly stepped in to give this great Lady a new lease on life. What would transpire is a heartening and inspiring story of a dog who made a difference and who, in Betty White's words, "helped Tom grow up as she has helped me grow older." It is for all animal lovers, for all Betty White lovers, and everyone who can relate to the unconditional devotion of dogs and the people who love them. INCLUDES PHOTOS
Emmy award-winning actress Betty White may be a hit on the popular sitcom The Golden Girls; Tom Sullivan, bestselling author of If You Could See What I Hear may have made his mark as a multitalented performer, songwriter, and lecturer-but the real star of this heartwarming story is an extraordinary dog named Dinah. For nine years this beautiful golden retriever was Tom's best friend, his right arm-and his eyes. A world-class guide dog trained by the Leader Dog Foundation for the Blind, Dinah gave Tom, a man who has been blind since birth, his first real taste of independence. And she gave the entire Sullivan family-wife Patty, daughter Blythe, and son Tom, Jr.-unfaltering loyalty and love. Together, Tom and Dinah traveled this entire country countless times, and she led him safely through crowded airport terminals, city traffic, strange hotels, and onstage performances. But when Dinah reached the age of eleven, she began to lose her edge. Her eyes were no longer as sharp, her step not as sure. The once-assured guide dog became defensive and hesitant. Although Tom hated the idea of working with any dog but Dinah, it seemed to be his only choice, and Nelson, a black Labrador retriever, joined the family. Dinah, however, was not ready to settle back into a life of leisure in the Sullivan household while an interloper took over her job and her master. She stopped eating, began hiding away, and simply gave up on life. Yet Dinah's story has a whole new beginning.. .and her name is Betty White. In The Leading Lady, Tom and Betty, close friends for years who have become more like family thanks to their special golden girl, take turns talking about Dinah. Here is how the super canine came into Tom's life; the hard work and frustration man and dog endured to become a team; and the adventures--some traumatic, some joyful--that cemented the bond between them. Here, too, is how Betty rescued this gallant lady in distress and how caring, courageous Dinah became a full-fledged member of Betty's family overnight, with a brand-new job to do. Most of all, here is the essence of Dinah, a dog who made a positive difference in every life she touched.
From the book "If this dog loves me enough to lay down his life for my survival, how can I just give up?" One misstep on a mountain climbing trip plunged Brenden McCarthy into darkness by stealing his sight and everything else he held dear. But a too-independent guide dog named Nelson just might lead him back to life . . . if they don't kick him out of guide dog school first. Brenden can't accept the fact that he's lost his sight. And Nelson can't accept that he's been paired with someone other than his former master. Just as Brenden starts to live again, a devastating setback causes him to try to end it all. Brenden releases Nelson and sits down in the middle of an intersection. At that moment, everything changes when Nelson freely decides he'd rather join Brenden in death than live without him. Now they need a leap of faith and a love beyond words to make it.