Canine-friendly book is launched with author royalties going to Samaritans

A collection of short stories from dog owners, including many celebrities, about the benefits they can have on health and well-being is being launched this week (Thursday 4 September). All author royalties will be donated to Samaritans.

The book, entitled My Dog, my Friend is written by Jacki Gordon, a mental health researcher and dog-lover. The book contains lots of stories of canine companionship from well-known public figures including David Blunkett MP, Alan Titchmarsh and Esther Rantzen.

My dog my Friend also explores the positive impact dogs have on those experiencing mental illness, homelessness and chronic illness.

Samaritans Trustee, Professor Stephan Platt, wrote the foreword for the book and says there is a lot of research which shows that owning a pet – especially a dog – is beneficial to human health and wellbeing.

Professor Stephan Platt, said:

We believe that My Dog, my Friend will increase awareness about the important role that animals – and dogs in particular – can play in helping people who are struggling to cope. What is striking from the contributions in this book is the many different ways that dogs support us in our daily lives.

Described as an ideal bedside or coffee table book that can be read cover-to-cover, My Dog, my Friend, shows that dogs can have a positive impact on the way we feel and live.

You can see a trailer about the book or buy a copy of My dog my Friend from Amazon and other outlets.

All author royalities will be donated to Samaritans.

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