While research has confirmed the beneficial effects of interaction with dogs, there have been no studies that present a structure/model for how canine companions might be integrated into the spiritual lives of human beings. This book presents a structure/model for this type of ministry/pastoral and spiritual care. Dr. Stephen Webb states
"This book is revolutionary. Both theologically and scientifically grounded, it could start a whole new discipline in seminary education. Pet facilitated therapy is becoming a major topic of interest in secular circles, but it has not made its way into pastoral care. This book is an instruction manual in how to use dogs with the elderly but it is also much more than that. It is personally inspiring and spiritually enriching. Every educator in pastoral care programs should read it. Let the movement begin!" Stephen H. Webb, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN.