The pup, Daisy, is more interested in cuddling and snuggling than in romping and running. Everyone calls Daisy a lazy dog, except Mattie, who thinks her pup is perfect just the way she is. The notion that we are all good at something is realized when Daisy's laziness becomes an asset as she becomes a "love dog" at a hospital. This book is inspired by the mission of therapy animal programs across the country. When witnessing the human-animal bond that occurs between hospitalized children and visiting therapy dogs, one recognizes that it takes a special type of dog to be a "love dog." Lazy Daisy, the Love Dog captures this concept in an enchanting tale of a puppy's serendipity route to becoming a therapy dog. The whimsical illustrations are printed from original watercolors and skillfully convey Daisy's personality and adventures.
Marti Regan lives with her husband in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, along with Sadie, Sophie Cat, and her horses, Toblerone and Tootsie. Before moving to the mountains, Marti worked at NASA and National Institutes of Health in Maryland. She now has time to combine several of her loves—writing, children and animals.
Marti is a dynamic speaker with a gift for engaging children’s enthusiasm and combining teaching moments with a sense of fun. She is the author of several children’s books.
Daisy is the last pick of the litter and the laziest dog. It is not until her owner becomes sick that the value of a dog with a calm, laidback personality becomes apparent. I would recommend that this book be handed out to hospital patients and senior citizen facilities as they receive a visit from a therapy animal. This heartwarming story would be especially appropriate for children. Re-reading the story could invoke memories of the visit and help with the healing process.