'A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home'

Therapy dog Pransky spends time with nursing home residents

A trained dog visits residents in a nursing home. (Kanwarjit Singh Boparai/Alamy)

Talented therapist dog, Pransky, greets a friend in a nursing home. — Kanwarjit Singh Boparai/Alamy

Being at loose ends, with an empty nest and traveling husband, and sensing an excess of empathy and genius in her dog, Pransky, Sue Halpern decides to get them both certified as a therapy dog team.

As it turns out, Pransky is not only a faithful, loving and snack-devouring friend, but a talented therapist as well. As she begins visiting the local nursing home every Tuesday with her new partner, she meets a range of friendly, and some rather unfriendly, residents.

In this Prime Time Radio interview, Halpern tells the story of how her encounters with the residents revealed depths of warmth, humor and insight she hadn't expected — in people or in animals. She tells how the experience taught her the true nature of life; it's all in her book, A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life From an Unlikely Teacher.

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