When Dogs Heal

When Dogs Heal : Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them

4.78 (18 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , By (author)  , By (author)  , By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 7-12 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


The best medicine may not always be found at a pharmacy or in a doctor's office. Sometimes it comes in the form of a four-legged friend.

Three well-known leaders in their fields--award-winning dog photographer Jesse Freidin, adolescent HIV+ specialist Dr. Robert Garofalo, and LGBTQ advocate and journalist Zach Stafford--offer a refreshing, beautiful, and unique portrait of HIV infused with a deep message of hope. Each extraordinary profile shows the power of the incredible bonds between humans and their canine companions, whether that means combating loneliness and stigma, discovering the importance of unconditional love, overcoming addiction, or simply having a best friend in a time of need.

When Dogs Heal shares the stories of a diverse set of people who are thriving and celebrating life thanks to the compassion and unconditional love of their dogs.

A portion of the proceeds from this book benefits Fred Says, an organization dedicated to financially supporting HIV+ teen health care.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 203 x 251 x 13mm | 499g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 154158676X
  • 9781541586765

Review quote

Love, connection, and survival provide the theme of this collection of 20 profiles of persons who are HIV-positive or who have full-blown AIDS. Those profiled represent a cross section of society: they're straight, gay, cisgender, and transgender; white, Black, and Brown. What they all have in common, though, is the dog or dogs in their lives that they credit with having saved them from despair and even death, all through the canines' unconditional love. Each profile, told in the subject's own voice, is accompanied by a full-page color photo of the subjects and their dogs by noted photographer Freidin. The profiles themselves are unsparingly candid and some are painful to read because of the suffering they reveal, but it is the dogs that, in every case, bring healing, hope, love, and light to each of these memorable lives. The profiles have been collected by Dr. Robert Garofalo, an HIV adolescent specialist who, himself, is HIV-positive and has founded a nonprofit charity called Fred Says, which supports those affected by and living with AIDS. The charity is matched in importance by the significance of this excellent book, which deals affectingly with a subject that remains too absent in books for young readers. It deserves the widest possible readership.--starred, Booklist

-- "Journal" (2/15/2021 12:00:00 AM)
show more

Rating details

18 ratings
4.78 out of 5 stars
5 78% (14)
4 22% (4)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X