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.

The dunce of obedience class with poor eyesight and a clumsy gait, Boo was the least likely of heroes. Yet with his unflappable spirit and boundless love, Boo has changed countless lives through his work as therapy dog—helping a mute six-year-old boy to speak, coaxing movement from a paralyzed girl, and stirring life in a ninety-four-year-old nun with Alzheimers. But perhaps Boo’s greatest miracle is the way he transformed Lisa’s life, giving her the greatest gift of all—faith in herself.

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 consultant. She has been a registered Pet Partner (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 Date:

October 2012

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