One Boy -- One Dog -- One Dream
Life is not easy for twelve-year-old Diego Escob+ír. It was wonderful raising Aloha from puppyhood to eighteen months, but now he must return her to the guide dog school for her formal training. Diego always knew that Aloha was on loan to him, but letting her go is proving to be the hardest challenge of his young life.
In this tender, inspirational tale, based on the true-life story of Aloha, Diego discovers that the sweet and sad in life are often interwoven. The unconditional love and trust between Aloha and Diego will enable her to become the dog she was bred to be. In giving her up, Diego gains unexpected rewards.
"Wherever you go, you will walk with a piece of my heart beside you."
"This book does an excellent job of explaining the process of training guide-dog puppies, a topic that will fascinate many children. The moving scenario will have readers sniffling as Diego passes Aloha's leash to Miss Kimberly Louise, and may even lead them to consult the appended list of resources to find out about raising their own guide-dog puppies."
--School Library Journal
"What a book! Ms. Bauer Mueller has captured all the emotions from all of us who play a part in a guide dog's life."
--Michael Hingson, National Public Affairs Representative, Guide Dogs for the Blind
"This beautiful book is inspiring - giving the reader a keen insight into raising a guide dog. At the same time, it shows how one character, Kiberly Louise, deals with her sudden blindness. The story is very unique and focused, which makes it perfect for the market of those interested in raising guide dogs, but also with a broad appeal for the mass market. The research is very admirable."
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