From Poodles to Papillons

Reprinted from PN December 2012

In teams of humans and canines, neither partner is perfect but together they make a magical union.

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Kathy Nimmer is an award-winning teacher, author and motivational speaker. Blind due to a rare retinal disease, she enjoys working out at the gym, reading mysteries, following sports and going for long walks with her third guide dog, Elias.

From blindness to deafness, mobility issues to psychiatric needs, and diabetes to autism, the array of disabilities in her bookTwo Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dogs is as vast as the tasks performed by the canine partners. All the breeds mentioned, from Labradors to German shepherds to Chihuahuas, are trained to assist handlers who have disabilities.

This book includes more than 100 stories and poems written by or about men, women and children, all with disabilities or connected to those who have them. In the team of human and canine, neither partner is perfect, but together they add up to an equation where two hands/feet/eyes/ears plus four paws equals one magical union.

Two Plus Four Equals One is available as a paperback book (268 pages) at


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