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    Sally Hyder(Author)

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Heartwarming, inspirational and genuinely touching, Finding Harmony is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary dog that rescued a woman from the depths of depression and transformed a family for ever.

A keen mountaineer, Sally Hyder was in her prime and loving life. She shared her passion for climbing with her partner Andrew and it was a dream come true when Andrew proposed at Everest Base Camp. For them, climbing mountains made anything seem possible and represented their attitude to life.
But a year after Sally and Andrew were married Sally was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was only 28 and was training to be a Macmillan nurse – she wanted to care for the terminally ill. But Sally was determined the disease wouldn't slow her down: she went back to work looking after others and, despite warnings that her condition could deteriorate in pregnancy, went on to have three beautiful children.
But it was when her youngest child Melissa was diagnosed with severe autism that Sally began to spiral into depression. Sally felt guilty about the pressures faced by her elder daughter Clara in her role as carer. Sally worried that she was missing out on the freedom of childhood.
She needed help. Unsure who to turn to, she happened upon Canine Partners and an extraordinary dog called Harmony. They formed an instant bond; Harmony can perform over 100 chores – from putting groceries into the trolley to handing over Sally's purse at the till. Harmony is an unending source of comfort: she intuitively knows when Sally is in pain and calms Melissa when she suffers panic attacks.
Harmony has given Sally the ability to start living once more, and become a mother again in her own way. She has shown Sally that the sky's the limit and, with a taste for independence that she hadn't felt since her mountaineering days, Sally set her sights on the peaks of Ben Nevis once more.
In August 2010 Sally planned to climb the hardest of the Munro Mountains. Sadly her first attempt was thwarted after her motorised wheelchair short-circuited. But Sally is a fighter and reached the summit in June 2011 with her husband by her side. And Harmony too, of course.

Sally Hyder was only 28 years old when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was a keen mountaineer and had been training to be a Macmillan nurse to care for the terminally ill. Now confined to a wheelchair, Sally has help with everyday tasks from her Canine Partner, Harmony, who has enabled Sally to lead an independent life. Sally lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Andrew, her three children and Harmony.

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  • PDF | 304 pages
  • Sally Hyder(Author)
  • HarperTrue (February 3, 2011)
  • English
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  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By chehalis bearcat on December 26, 2017

    This story is less about the dog and more about a family of five with two disabled members. At times it is tedious to hear of the selflessness of the "perfect" members of the family and the perfection anxiety of the 's mom. It does paint a picture of the daily struggles of MS and autistic people and their families.

  • By Guest on September 30, 2017

    The human canine relationship at it's very best. I loved this book!

  • By Mountain Girl 64 on December 24, 2013

    I thought this book was about how Harmony the dog helped this family. It started out with some groundwork information about Harmony then the book made a drastic turn. The focus was on the droll details of every aspect of her life with nothing about the dog. It was chapter after chapter of job details, births of children, moving, etc... I tried hard but couldn't finish this book. There are only about 4 books I've not been able to finish and this was one of them. It was not what I expected and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who thinks they are reading a book about a dog.

  • By jkwdo on January 12, 2017

    I really admired and liked this author as I read . What a trooper she is, not giving into the nightmare of MS. Her service dog Harmony actually comes quite late in the tale , but it works; it's nicely balanced between humor and seriousness , set in Scotland , written in 1st person. We see her as both a wife and a mother of an autistic child plus 2 other children, who enjoys mountain climbing both before and after she has to be in a wheelchair . It's a heartwarming story , well-told.

  • By Martha Levy on August 6, 2017

    I enjoyed the book very much because I too have MS & I have thought about The Canine Partners too. What I liked about the book is it went thru Sally's life & the problems she had, but also the solutions she used. Yeah it was nice talking about the Dog but also the problems that Sally had gooding through what she was before the MS hit & what she goes through now. I enjoyed the book very much Sally.

  • By vbayer on August 23, 2013

    Storyline was more about the author's travels and dealing with her MS diagnosis. She was a tough, spirited woman who refused to be stopped by MS. Harmony, the dog doesn't come into the story until long into the book. But it was interesting to read about the canine (and human) training program.

  • By Loretta Hartman on June 24, 2017

    I enjoyed reading Finding Harmony. It was hard to put down. I would recommend it to every one who love s dogs and love s to read inspirational stories.

  • By Carla E Boyle on July 4, 2014

    An interesting book providing insight into one person's life with MS. Also, very frustrating. Why would a person struggling emotionally and physically with 2 children proceed to have a third? It was very surprising that O.T. was not mentioned a lot earlier, both in regard to the MS and the child with autism. Given the author's clear and detailed description of her daughters behaviors, I was shocked that the diagnosis of autism or of a related disorder took so long.There were inconsistencies. If she employed an "au pair", why would a pen dropped in the morning have to wait until her daughter's return in the afternoon to be picked up? Surely the "au pair" could do it, or maybe she would possess more than one pen!Throughout the book, she appears to be trying to be a "supermom". With or without MS, everyone has abilities and limits..She also seems to take credit for her children's talents such as music. They may have inherited musical ability and she gave them opportunity but she did not "make" the children musical.The father, while credited with providing support, appears to have been more of an onlooker. The children are referred to as "my children", not "our children". The impact of the author's MS on Andrew seems to have almost been ignored. She appears to be very self-serving and self-absorbed.When the book finally gets to the section where the author receives a service dog, Harmony, it provides wonderful insight into the training and the partnership of dog and person. I applaud the author for promoting service dog organizations and appreciating the gift that she has been given.


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