One cold February night, a terrified feral dog was carried into the author's home, and began a very different life to everything he had previously known. This is the true story of the extraordinary bond that developed between Lisa and Charlie, a one-eyed Romanian feral dog, who had lived wild until he was captured and sent to the UK to be homed. Unused to the presence of people, Charlie had no coping skills other than to follow his instincts. Although Lisa had worked with many deeply troubled dogs, the challenges posed by Charlie's background were unique. Wild, fearful and highly reactive, more wolf than dog, Charlie needed a great deal of understanding, patience and compassion in order to help him adjust to his new life.
Despite numerous obstacles and setbacks, the developing relationship between Charlie and Lisa, and Lisa's daughter, Amber, and resident dog, Skye, transformed all of their lives. Charlie's gradual shift from fearful feral to happy, affectionate, fun-loving family dog is touching and heart-warming, and clearly demonstrates the transformative power of love and kindness.
Passionate about dog welfare, Lisa Tenzin-Dolma is the founder and principal of The International School for Canine Practitioners, and founder of the Dog Welfare Alliance, a non-profit organization which brings together members of the public and dog professionals, and supports rescue organizations across the globe. Lisa is the author of 21 books, including three about dog psychology and behaviour, and is a consultant for the BBC on dog-related issues.
Marc Bekoff, is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2000 he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior. Marc is the author of more than 1000 scientific and popular essays, and 30 books about animals and animal behavior.