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“A heartwarming and utterly charming story about empathy, hope, and letting go. Weekends with Daisy shows us how loving a dog can make us all a little more human.” —Lisa Genova, NYT bestselling author of Still Alice and Love, Anthony

“Moving… with candor that will win over readers.” —Publishers Weekly

“A deceptively simple but powerful account of family bonds, friendship, an
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Gallery Books
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Marie
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sharron Kahn Luttrell’s debut memoir, “Weekends with Daisy” is a beautifully written, heartfelt story about co-parenting a service dog-in-training with a prison inmate. But Luttrell delivers much more than a story about a dog.

Luttrell’s conversational writing style and candor set a comfortable pace as she weaves together the complex emotions that accompany taking on the responsibility of training an animal to assist someone in need, accepting the fluctuating and transient role of parenting, and
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Linda
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
It was an interesting read if you've loved and lost a dog and wonder if you can love again. I haven't been able to be owned by another dog so Sharon Kahn Luttrell's moving tribute to her first dog starts the book with tears for me, it ends the same way though it's sadness tinged with happiness.

Luttrell decides to be a weekend "parent" to a service dog in training. She's paired with Daisy and also with Keith, Daisy's weekday "parent" who is also in prison serving a long sentence. Luttrell is cand
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Chris
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this advanced reader copy from a Goodreads giveaway. It is a book that I highly recommend to anyone who even vaguely thinks it sounds appealing.

I want to start by saying I am a cat lover. I am not a dog person so to have Daisy steal a piece of my heart surprised me. The book is so much more than about a dog and her weekend life with a volunteer trainer. The book is about how an animal, a dog in particular, can carry a person through difficult times. It is about love, acceptance, coop
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Nicola Clough
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great true story of a lovely pup and how he trains and how he lives with two different people so lovely to hear what is involved with the training and what you can't do with them. Also great to hear what happens once trained a great easy read.
Daisy is a lively puppy who spends his weekdays with someone in prison who trains him but at weekends he goes to Sharron's and she has to introduce the puppy to the family she's always loved having a dog but learning to give him back on a Sunday night ge
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Sherry Feeser
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite dog book! This book is a must read for all dog lovers!
Amy
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very well done! There are quite a few people out there who have written books about similar topics - trying to turn their memoirs and experiences with dogs into a book. Many fail. Luttrell hits the ball out of the park with this one. She makes this read like a novel and is not afraid to show her weaknesses as a parent and puppy raiser, which makes her even more likeable and relatable to her audience. She doesn't make excuses but rises to her responsibilities. As you are enjoying her story and ex ...more
Linda Kipper
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Sharron writes with such candor about her relationship with Daisy. We can learn a lot about ourselves from a dog who makes you self aware. Daisy is witness to her and others growth and gives unconditional love!
Wanda Ballou
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book...one for children and adults alike. You will fall in love with Daisy. This book taught me how to laugh at puppyhood then showed me how to adapt different situations into my life without me tuning the lessons out. A must read for one and all. No disappointments!
Amy
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
I’m starting to feel a twinge of dog longing. I find myself thinking wistfully about being on the human end of a leash while walking a dog. After a few rough puppy years and some dog training, our childhood dog, Heidi, grew into a lovely companion. My parents gave me the freedom to walk alone, well, as long as Heidi came too. I felt confident and independent on those walks. When I saw Weekends with Daisy, I thought maybe I’d feel better after a light dog book. I thought Sharron Kahn Luttrell had ...more
Lynda
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vickie Graham, Jennifer Jenkins
What a wonderful surprise opened before my eyes while reading "Weekends with Daisy". Author Sharron Kahn Luttrell, an experienced news writer, wrote a very straight forward and entertaining book. After finding herself unemployed due to downsizing, Luttrell wanted to involve herself in the NEADS program. Families take potential service dogs that are being trained by inmates out on the weekends. They acclimate the puppies to a slew of other experiences that a prison can't provide. Still mourning t ...more
Amanda
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books that I've read in a while, to be honest. I was pleased with the lovely Daisy. There's a grouping of pictures in the middle of the book, so I paused to look at them when I came across them and was happy to see that Daisy had been matched with a little boy (their picture was included), but disappointed to have the ending ruined for me because at that point in the book, they were still wondering if Daisy was going to make it through the training.

It's one thing to say t
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Catherine
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Luttrell volunteers with an organization that matches inmates with puppies, testing and training them to become service dogs. The prisoners in this program work with their dogs five days a week, and in this case Luttrell takes her dog in training, Daisy, out into the world, exposing her to as many different everyday situations as possible in order to test if the dog will be a suitable guide dog.

On the surface I thought her account seemed like an interesting process to follow, and certainly worth
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Lisa Ahn
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
My daughter and I met Sharon Luttrell at a NEADs graduation ceremony where she spoke about her experiences as a weekend puppy raiser. Of course, my daughter wanted to sign up for weekend puppy raising immediately (okay, me too), and I bought Luttrell's book, thinking it would be a glimpse inside the happy days of puppy raising. What I found was so much more.

Luttrell writes about her experiences with Daisy, but each one is a stepping stone on a much bigger journey -- learning to let go of her gr
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Pat Higgins
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book, especially for dog lovers. In her memoir, Sharron Kahn Luttrell describes her and her family's experience as weekend puppy raisers in the NEADS program, a Massachusetts organization which trains service dogs. Daisy spent the weekends with the Luttrell family, but during the week she lived and was trained by a prisoner at J.J. Moran Medium Security Facility in Rhode Island. Luttrell relates the challenges of raising a dog, feeling comfortable in working with Keith, the convict, ...more
April
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book awhile ago (oops) for free from a Goodreads Giveaway.

I loved it. LOVED IT. It's an amazing story with an adorable puppy at the center - what is there not to like? I also loved the humanity of the people in this story. We get to see that prisoners are people, too, despite the fact that they're incarcerated and have made bad choices in the past. That's so important, I feel, because it can be so easy for us to lump all of those who are not like us into a single category of "the
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Eliza
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of this touching, honest and witty memoir.

As a mom of a 14-year-old, I identify with Luttrell's need to find additional meaning in life as her children are getting older and moving on with their own lives. Luttrell does this by working with National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS). She becomes a weekend trainer for a dog being trained during the week with an inmate at a federal prison.

As Luttrell learns to train the dog, she lear
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Denni
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals-dogs
I am loving this book. I have been involved with Occupaws this past year and although the book is about a different organization, NEADS, they are very much alike in their purpose- raising pups to be service dogs. Her impressions are spot on and easy for me to relate to with my involvement visiting and taking classes at the prison. Reading about her experience was also reassuring-I have felt inadequate, worried that I've really messed up a dog, when I make mistakes. Sharron Luttrell is a fine wri ...more
Lisa B.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
This is a very touching memoir. We get to see how being a service dog trainer impacted the author, her family and the prison inmate. Everyone learn’s life lessons from being with Daisy. I thought the year long process of training Daisy for her new life was very interesting. I liked how what the author learned from being a dog trainer translated into her personal life. Patience, interpreting behavior and goal setting are just a few examples.

This was a well written and thoughtful story.
Kcoloney
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved every page of this book. Daisy is an 8-week old retriever who is in training to be a service dog. During the week she is cared for and trained by an inmate, and on the weekends she is socialized by the author and her family. Lots of info about service dogs and their training; about relationships between dogs and their humans; and about relationships between humans. Very real and very touching.
Nora
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a terrific book. I am not really a dog person but was captivated by the training required for service dogs and the concept of only positive reinforcement. Thank goodness for these people, like Sharron, who can love and train and yet ultimately give up these dogs so that they can help others.
Jennifer
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book covers the topic of raising and training a service dog on weekends, but it goes beyond that. Luttrell examines the dynamics of family, especially the relationship between a mother and her children and the difficult topic of crime, prisons, and redemption. This book was much more than I thought it would be.
M.liss
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Heartwarming, sure. Save time - read the blurb on the dust jacket and skip the inside.
Mary Butler davis
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book five stars-something I never do. Actually, I had set it aside for a while. But I came back to it when I was ready to face myself in it. I take abandoned senior dogs who may or may not be sick. I know the pain of knowing that our time together will end, but not knowing when. I love how she explained the end of her relationship with Daisy. She was so brave and optimistic. I found it very inspiring and, sometimes, so familiar.
Sheila
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puppy to Perfection

Guide dogs serve as vital link for a person with a disability to be able to live a safer and enriched life. Weekends with Daisy chronicled the weekends that Daisy, a golden lab, spent with a family of four. The week was spent with her prison handler. Daisy became a bridge in the emotional healing of both handlers.
Barb
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Touching true story of dog trained by prisoner during the week ...then by author on weekends...well written
Lisa Swett
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it! I could never do this..
Wendy
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laughed and cried - loved this book.
Courtney Weniger
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! So cute and fully of sweet encounters with Daisy. Truly loved reading this book and getting to know Daisy through the book.
Janet
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kristin
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a dog lover, so of course Daisy's smiling face on the front cover lured me in. Luttrell and her family were coping with the loss of their longtime family pet, but hesitant about adding a new dog to the family, as the children were getting older and their schedules fuller, such that there was concern that not enough attention would be available for the new addition. At the store one day. Luttrell saw a woman walking a dog inside and curiosity got the best of her. In conversation with the woma ...more
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