What a difference a dog makes- the tail of the k9 project

Author Chris Kent

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A story to warm the hearts of all dog lovers… This is the story of the K9 Project. The desire for connection is a fundamental human need, and for some the closest they come to feeling connected can start with a dog. This is the story of 6 dogs, once abandoned by their owners, who ended up living together and inspiring the development of this unique project. It’s the story of the people they met, the ones they helped, the ones they didn’t. Heart-warming, educational, inspiring, funny, and sometimes sad this book tells the story of human and canine companionship, courage, determination and resolve, and the impact the very special dogs of the K9 Project have had on so many people’s lives.

Reviews..

Dr Daniel Allen journalist, nature writer, columnist for Mental Health Today  …

“Life-changing canine companionship is the theme of Chris Kent’s new book, What A Difference A Dog Makes. The ‘Tail’ of the K9 Project. Chris describes herself as ‘an ordinary person who has managed to create something extraordinary’ with a ‘motley crew of mixed breed ex-shelter dogs’ ‘and some very special people’. The K9 Project, based in Cambridgeshire UK, values dogs for being themselves, and works alongside them to ‘reach vulnerable, lonely, isolated children, teenagers and adults”.

Marie Yates of Canine Perspectives CIC …

“If you love dogs and you know that they have the power to change lives, you need this book in your life. Chris Kent takes the power of the human-animal bond to a whole new level. The beauty of this book is the raw honesty combined with true passion for the development of both the human and the animal. Chris, the founder of The K9 Project, shares stories of the humans and the animals that have made The K9 Project the incredible success it is. ”

Pen Farthing, the founder of Nowzad Dogs and winner of CNN Hero of the Year 2014.

‘To most people having a dog in their lives is like having another best friend with four legs, but to Chris and her team at the K9 project they realised the unique ability of dogs to be much more than just a companion’.
In the chapter called ‘Giving Up Or Letting Go’, Chris writes: ‘Sitting patiently, placing their head on someone’s lap, greeting people warmly and enthusiastically, saying hello to stranger … Inspiring, motivating, giving feedback without judgement, love without strings’. What a difference a dog makes! Everyone in life needs to feel connected. In recognising this and helping so many vulnerable people experience this, Chris Kent is an extraordinary person, and the story of The K9 Project deserves far more attention.

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Chris Kent is a multi skilled professional who established the K9 Project in 2008 with her husband Kevin.  The Project brings together her passion for working with people and with animals, delivering programmes that help people make positive changes. Her unique blend of knowledge, skills and interests have been gathered through many years of working as a social worker, probation officer, consultant trainer, life coach, and skilled group facilitator as well as years of sharing her life with various animals including lots of horses and dogs. This has allowed the K9 Project to develop in a unique way. This is Chris’s first book and having already said- never again- is now planning the next one!

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