A Dog Named Boo

How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other – and the Lives They Transformed Along the Way

by Lisa J. Edwards

The best animal stories are about relationships, and nothing is better than a story like A Dog Named Boo, in which a person and an animal together find hope, strength, purpose and their place in the world. Lisa and Boo’s joy at helping others is inspiring; but it’s their belief in each other, even when no one else believed, that touched my heart.

– Bret Witter, New York Times bestselling co-author of Dewey and Until Tuesday

She thought she was rescuing an Abandoned Puppy…Turns out, he was rescuing her…

The last thing Lisa Edwards needed was a new dog. But when she came across an abandoned litter on Halloween, her heart went out to the runt who walked into walls and couldn’t steady his feet.

Lisa—healing from past abuse and battling constant pain from a chronic medical condition—saw a bit of herself in little Boo. And when he snuggled, helpless, against her, she knew he was meant to be hers.

This is the inspiring true story of “the little dog who could,” but more than that, it’s the story of how one woman and one dog rescued each other—a moving tribute to hope, resilience and the transformative power of unconditional love.

Lisa J. Edwards is a full-time professional dog trainer and behavioral expert. She has been a registered Pet Partner (formerly Delta Society) with three of her dogs and has made more than 400 visits with her pets to hospitals, schools, nursing homes and residential care facilities. In 2008, Boo was honored as one of five finalists for the Delta Society’s national Beyond Limits Award for his therapy work with Lisa.

Publication Dates

1st printing October 2012

Harlequin Non-Fiction – North America
Little, Brown and Company – United Kingdom
AudioGO – Audio

Re-release printing July 2021

Hanover Square Press


  1. Just finished the book almost in one sitting. I learned a great deal about the variety of situations a therapy dog can be used in. I loved the placid meandering of Boo through crowds.

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