Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!: Wonder Dogs by Maureen Maurer with Jenna Benton

Posted July 13, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, giveaway, nonfiction / 19 Comments

WONDER DOGS: True Stories of Extraordinary Assistance Dogs
GENRE: Inspirational NonFiction

RELEASE DATE: July 13, 2021
PAGES: 240

Discover the true stories of dogs who open doors, pull wheelchairs, and save lives

After a potentially devastating diagnosis at the age of thirty-nine, Maureen Maurer was given a second chance at life and took a leap of faith to pursue her childhood dream: teaching dogs to help people with disabilities.

In Wonder Dogs, Maureen shares the inspiring stories of some of the many assistance dogs she’s had the privilege to train, like

· Tucker, a puppy who visits a young girl desperately in need of a Christmas miracle
· Leader, an abandoned German shepherd mix, who becomes a loyal service dog and best friend for a boy with muscular dystrophy
· Freedom, a golden retriever who helps a disabled vet regain her independence and saves her when she is trapped in a house fire
· Pono, a sweet black lab who becomes Hawaii’s first courthouse dog, helping children find the courage to testify

If you love heartwarming stories about dogs and people getting second chances and overcoming challenges, you will find in this book a whole pack of kindred spirits.


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“Liliana loved dogs more than anything in the world,” the young mother said as she stroked her daughter’s hair. My chest tightened and I fought back tears as I heard her speak of her daughter in the past tense. I almost couldn’t bear the sadness.

She bowed her head and shared with us that Lili had an incurable disease and had not responded to anything in weeks. “She was taken off life support two days ago,” she whispered.

“I’m so sorry,” I replied, wishing I could think of something better to say. Will leaned in toward Lili with Tucker in his arms. The woman placed her daughter’s hand on Tucker’s head, guiding it, as she stroked his soft fur. We all watched in silence. Tucker was completely calm, but his twinkling brown eyes stared intently at Lili’s face.

The sound of steady beeping from the machine above her head suddenly grew faster. I glanced up at the screen and noticed that the zigzag line on the heart monitor was changing too. I looked at Lili, whose hand was still resting on Tucker’s ear. Almost imperceptibly, her fingers began to move. Her mother stared in disbelief as we watched Lili move her fingertips over Tucker’s ear. “NURSE, NURSE!” the mom’s shout echoed down the hallway.

“What is it?” a nurse asked as she rushed in and checked the screens above the bed.

“She’s moving!” cried the mother. “Her hand. LOOK!”

We all looked—Liliana’s fingers were deliberately touching the crimped hair on Tucker’s ear. The nurse’s eyes widened as she checked the numbers on the screen and pushed a button attached to the bed. Suddenly there was commotion everywhere, as doctors were paged, and more hospital staff came rushing into the room. Will picked up Tucker, who smiled at Lili and seemed unfazed by all the activity.

“I’m sorry, you’ll have to leave,” said the nurse as she herded us toward the door.

“Wait,” said the mom. She came over and hugged Tucker as tears spilled down her cheeks onto his soft fur. “Thank you, Tucker. You’re our Christmas miracle.”

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2021. Used by permission.

Maureen Maurer is the founder and executive director of Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and Assistance Dogs Northwest. Born and raised in Seattle, she holds a master’s degree in canine studies. She and her husband, Will, have dedicated their lives to helping people with disabilities and other special needs live to the fullest with the help of their assistance dogs. Mo and Will live on Maui and on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with their two dogs, Sadie and Samson, along with a constant stream of future heroes in training.

Jenna Benton is a writing coach, editor, and freelance writer from Southern Oregon. She loves research, coffee, and helping people and businesses tell their stories (not necessarily in that order). You can learn more about Jenna by visiting her website at

Wonder Dogs by Maureen Maurer is currently on tour with JustRead Tours & the publisher is offering a print copy of Wonder Dogs, Second Chance Dogs, and a $25 Amazon gift card to one winner!! Click the banner below to enter on Instagram where you can also find the giveaway terms & follow along with the tour.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Wonder Dogs by Maureen Maurer with Jenna Benton?

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19 responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!: Wonder Dogs by Maureen Maurer with Jenna Benton

  1. Would love to win a print copy of Wonder Dogs, especially since our one son has a Golden Retriever. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway!

  2. Trixi

    My grand-girl loves stories like this that feature service dogs! There’s a series of kids books like this at the library that’s right at her reading level. They are written by Catherine Stier. My grand-girl can’t get enough of them 🙂 They feature all kinds of dogs that do all kinds of service and one that even is a star on TV! They’re fun books for sure….for both kids and adults alike.

  3. Megan

    Love animals, especially dogs! Plus, I could stare at that adorable puppy on the cover all day.

  4. Connie Scruggs

    My five year old grandson loves dogs! He and I would love to read this book together.

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