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Finding Harmony: The remarkable dog that helped a family through the darkest of times [Paperback]

Sally Hyder
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Book Description

3 Feb 2011

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's sights are set on the peaks of Ben Nevis once more.
In August 2010 Sally planned to climb the hardest of the Munro Mountains. Sadly her attempt was thwarted after her motorised wheelchair short-circuited. But Sally is a fighter and is training for her second attempt, which she will complete with her husband by her side. And Harmony too, of course.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrue (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000739358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007393589
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Harmony 8 Feb 2011
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It's hard to believe that Sally Hyder is a first-time author. The narrative that runs through her book draws you in in a way that few autobiographies do. The story of a vibrant young woman diagnosed just after her marriage with MS could have become a depressing tale full of self-pity. But through it all Sally's determination, quirkiness and passion for life (even in the darkest of moments) come through. I found it uplifting without being cloying, and honest without being smug.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational 15 Feb 2011
Once I picked this up I couldn't put it down - I laughed and I cried. Deeply moving, disarmingly honest and utterly without ego or self-pity the book details Sally's life before her diagnosis of MS. This would have been remarkable enough, however it's the journey after that that is really inspiring. The challenges of life with the illness, her love for her family, and ultimately finding something that would change her life so positively. How appropriate that she should find a dog that has an independent spirit to match her own!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming and inspirational story 6 Feb 2011
I started reading this book, and couldn't put it down! The amazing true story of multiple sclerosis sufferer Sally Hyder and how she came to find Harmony, her assistance dog, and the massive difference it made to her life. This was a great read, and also it raises awareness of Canine Partners, the charity which trains dogs to help disabled people achieve greater independence and a better quality of life. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Alan
This book made my day. I enjoyed it so much, I read it in one sitting. It was beautifully written and Sally and her family show no matter how dark it seems, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. With friendship, love and family (and assistance dog called Harmony!) you will always get through it. Well done Sally.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Harmony 9 Feb 2011
By S Ellul
This is such a wonderfully inspirational book that I found difficult to put down. Sally's drive and zest for life are truly amazing and her immense love for her family and Harmony really shines through. Can't wait for the sequel.....!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great read for anyone who is into dogs and how k 9 partners work to help people with various conditions to enhance their quality of life and overall well being.
The story tell's of a woman who contracts M S and follows her and her family life through the up's and down's to the point when harmony (labrador retriever), came into her life and changed it for ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book about people and animals 30 Mar 2011
By Xtal
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This was an easy read book and it covers the difficulty faced by the author and her family when she is diagnosed with MS. Her youngest daughter is then diagnosed with autism, adding to both the love and stress in her life. Harmony comes into their lives and gives the author back her independents and her daughter responds well to the calming effect that Harmony has on her. The family cling together and support each other and Harmony is their glue. Lovely book. X-tal
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best read ever 20 Mar 2011
By anne
Format:Kindle Edition
this book is such a well written account of Sally and her life. i cried and smiled and admired every feeling so well portrayed throughout. you really feel you are looking through a window into someones life!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars finding harmony
was a good read although I got pretty bored half way through nice read if you can relate to this
Published 2 months ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers a lot of questions
This is a well written and interesting book. Explains so much about assistance dogs and the matching process. A very good read.
Published 5 months ago by Jane Wallington
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
If you like animals this is a must to read. Even if you don't like animals you'd be a hard person not to be moved by what this dog did for the individual concerned and the family... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
Another book about a dog and how that dog changed the lives of its people; for the better - a super read.
Published 8 months ago by CAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Sally is diagnosed with MS AND her daughter has autism but when they meet harmony there lives change enormously. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrs caroline reeve
Published 9 months ago by Mrs M Hutt Mavis Hutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining and informative.
A book I couldn't put down. I hope she writes a sequel when she has enough anecdotes. Best wishes for the future.
Published 10 months ago by Nanajan
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and the BIG picture....
Wonderful and uplifting story - makes you consider your lot in life and really to appreciate it plus how the small things in life can make a BIG difference! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Catriona
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant heart warming book
Very well-written, captivating book. Other people have complained that the book is about Harmony and that you don't get to hear about her until half way through, and although this... Read more
Published 11 months ago by thevicster82
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Being a massive dog lover this book well written, very comical in place and proof that dogs are the best friend's
Published 14 months ago by denise.reeves
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