In a lyrical love letter to guide dogs everywhere, a blind poet shares his delightful story of how a guide dog changed his life and helped him discover a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.At the age of thirty-eight, Stephen Kuusistowho has managed his whole life without onegets his first guide dog, a beautiful yellow labrador named Corky. Theirs is a partnership of movement, mutual self-interest, and wanderlust. Walking with Corky in Manhattan for the first time, Steve discovers hes living the chaos of joyyoure in love with your surroundings, loving a barefoot mind, wild to go anyplace.Have Dog, Will Travel is the inside story of how a person establishes trust with a dog, how a guide dog is trained. Corky absolutely transforms Steves life and his way of being in the world. Profound and deeply moving, theirs is a spiritual journey, during which Steve discovers that joy with a guide dog is both a method and a state of mind. Guaranteed to make you laughand crythis beautiful reflection on the highs, lows, and everyday details that make up life with a guide dog provides a profound exploration of Stephens lifelong struggle with disability, identity, and the midlife events that lead to self-acceptance....
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Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey with an Exceptional Labrador Reviews
This book was so touching. The author conveys his journey in an elegant and matter of fact manner. I have such an appreciation for guide dogs now and the freedom,love and devotion they offer.
Wonderful. One I will need to own.
The author, Stephen Kuusisto, was born legally blind but his mother sought to raise him without accommodations. He became a poet and educator, learning to adapt to his disability. It wasn't until he was unemployed at the age of 38 that he sought out a seeing-eye dog. Stephen tells his story of learning to work with his first dog, Corky, to travel. In the process his life was changed.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs, who lives with a disability, who appreciates good writing, or jus ...more
This is a real life story of broken to whole. The author is a poet by profession, but his prose has the same illuminating quality. "Reason and flourishing were, I thought, two long thin wings, like those of osprey. I wanted uplift, possibility, and if flourishing had a preliminary step, I thought hope would be a good start."
Maimed by a mother with impossible expectations of her blind son, his turning point comes at age 38 with the 180 degree turn towards becoming his true, strong self with the ...more
There are not enough stars for this book! By turns practical and beautifully romantic, Have Dog, Will Travel is a nuanced and resonant tribute to Steve Kuusisto's first guide dog, Corky. This book not only touches the guide dog community but anyone who has ever found hope and love in a dog's wagging tail and welcoming eyes. Kuusisto interweaves facts and experiences, creating a work that raises awareness about disability and recommends love and acceptance for our fellow creatures.
Having read Planet of the blind I was happy to meet up again with Stephen Kuusisto in this book about his experience with getting a seeing eye dog.
Very touching book.
At the age of thirty-eight, Stephen gets his first guide dog. He was born legally blind in the 1950's and was taught to suppress his disability. While attending public school, he read with the books right next to his eyes. This is the true journey of a man and his dog. Stephen often quotes books and his journal as part of the story. A quick read and heart warming.