From being an 'unmanageable' puppy with big barking problems and an uncertain future to one of the best-loved therapy dogs at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital - a heart-warming and inspiring story about how the love of a good human can change a dog's life and how a loving dog can bring life and hope to those in great need.
Ralf the Giant Schnauzer was once a small puppy with a big barking problem. He was facing an uncertain future until Caroline Lovick and her loving family came along. They rescued Ralf from Tasmania and welcomed him into their family home in Melbourne.
Ralf was the recipient of daily cuddles from Caroline's four children who would spend hours playing with him. He became an important part of their daily walk to school and a celebrity at the school gates where children would stop and pat the friendly visitor.
One day Caroline and her family took Ralf to compete at the Royal Melbourne Show. It was here that his potential as a therapy dog was first spotted.
Shortly afterwards Ralf began working at Trinity Manor nursing home followed by The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne where he became an instant hit with children and their families. Soon Ralf was a permanent fixture, earning fans far and wide.
Ralf's story is by turns heart-warming and inspiring, and is full of the amusing antics of this endearing animal. It is a true tale of how the love of a human owner can change a dog's life and how the love of a dog can bring hope to those who need it most.
ANNE CRAWFORD was a feature writer for The Age and The Sunday Age for more than 10 years and is co-author of Doctor Hugh: My Life with Animals, Forged with Flames: A True Story of Courage and Survival, and Shadow of a Girl. Great Australian Horse Stories was published in 2013. Her most recent book, Women of Spirit, was released in May 2014. A horse-owner and horse- lover, Anne has ridden everywhere from the Victorian High Country to Patagonia to the deserts of Morocco. She lives in country Victoria where she rides a small mare with a lot of attitude called Poppy.
Biography & Autobiography
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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