A truly insightful recollection of childhood and trauma that too many have felt yet not many were so brave as to write. I felt I could reach out and pull them from those situations as I walked beside them as I read. A very descriptive writing in the way the scenery and the people are seen and portrayed. I am intrigued to read what the next book will bring. -UK Amazon Review
I was Raised and Loved by Dogs
The story of an abused child whose life was enriched and saved by the Dogs she met.
Who am I?
Whose child am I
to walk this earth
Orphaned and alone?
Whose child am I
to take the blame
in a prison known as home?
Ahh Yes, ’tis I,
some sixty odd years later
that now can see and understand
the child in me,
who left her footprint in time’s shifting sand,
by some cruel twist of fate,
was churned out
from a mother’s womb to a father’s world,
where parental love had long since curdled.
Whose child am I? Loved and cherished
By the Dogs I met
Until my sorrows I’d forget.
Canine hearts with Love so mild
Uplifted me that little child
They listened to my every word.
And in each Dog’s heart
I knew that I was loved and heard.
This book is dedicated to all of the Dogs that I have met throughout all of the years of my life.
Each and every Dog I met along life’s journey has blessed me so richly with healing love and gifts that money could never buy.
Thank you for all the canine love and understanding that I have received throughout my life helping me to live and heal and love again.
This book is also dedicated to young people the world over who have suffered abuse at the hands of a parent, family member or close friend.
It’s okay to feel angry, it’s okay if you are at this moment in time so numbed by life that you are feeling nothing at all. It’s okay if you have forgotten how to feel or even what you feel- wherever you are at, in this particular moment, it’s okay, because it is enough that you are here and alive and able to read this. You are not alone, and above all you are not at fault or to blame in any way for the actions of your abuser.
Its never too late to reach out for help, even if, like me, the abused child within you is now in his or her mid sixties.
Don’t be scared to hope at the dawn of each new day that today things will be different, because one day everything WILL be different, and the abuse WILL end.
Last but not least, this book is dedicated to my human friends who have walked a mile or two with me, along life’s journey, encouraging me to write about and to share my story.
To all of you I extend a heartfelt Thanks!
About the Author
F.P. Trainer began her Dog training career as the much loved pupil of the Dogs of the village in the rural setting in which she grew up as a child. These Dogs, for the most part, were farm Dogs who somehow reached across the canine/human divide of the species barrier to tune into a frightened and lonely child’s heart, helping her cope with anger, pain and abuse. Later, at age 9, F.P. Trainer became the pupil of one Dog in particular who taught her much about life, how to survive, and how to live and love again. The book entitled “I was Raised and Loved by Dogs” is all about this wonderful learning experience where Dogs were her primary teachers, educating her during her formative years, teaching her some of the most important skills and lessons that she would ever learn in life.
Later, F.P. Trainer served an apprenticeship as a Service Dog Trainer, and upon completion she embraced an international career in Service Dog training, training both Service Dogs and Service Dog Trainers for a 501c3 nonprofit. Now, in retirement, F.P. Trainer only takes on a very small number of select clients with cases that interest her. She enjoys writing and plans to write another book soon, however, her focus, first and foremost, are her Dogs and Parrots. She enjoys many hours each day in their company, marveling at their extraordinary ability to learn, and also learning from them anew, because her Dogs and Parrots too, always have something new to teach her. F.P. Trainer believes that if we take the time to listen to them, encourage them, and offer them the opportunity to communicate with us, that our Dogs, our Parrots, and any other creature that we happen to share our lives with, will, (provided we permit a mutual learning process to occur by creating the correct learning environment that enables such a process to take place) teach us a whole new perspective on life, as well as assisting us in educating our Dog or Parrot. F.P. Trainer, from years of experience as a certified trainer, knows that Dogs and Parrots are always listening to us, endeavoring to understand and to learn from us.
According to F.P. Trainer, training should never be solely about cues, commands, tasks and work, instead she believes that the bond of true partnership is key to success when educating any species, and with a Dog the success of the journey we call, “training” (for want of a better word) begins with the Human Partner’s willingness to open their mind and heart, to listen, to learn, and also to develop the ability to hear. These days, listening to her Dogs and Parrots and being open to what they have to say is among
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