The unique journey of the therapy dog inspires the children’s book – FOX 9
Sully’s unique path to becoming a therapy dog inspired a children’s book. (Christie Lindemann)
COON RAPIDS, Minn. (FOX 9) – A Twin Cities therapy dog rescued from a forest in Turkey has earned well-deserved attention, including a nomination for a national award for work during the pandemic and a book documenting his trip to the United States.
“It was really remarkable to be able to smile and change lives,” said Christie Lindemann, owner of Sully.
The unique journey of the therapy dog inspires children’s book
A therapy dog’s unique trip in Minnesota inspired a children’s book.
Sully the Golden Retriever has had a pretty remarkable spring – the result of a pretty remarkable life.
“He was found on the side of the road with a bag of chips in his mouth. He was just licking the inside of the bag and watching the world go by,” said Lindemann.
Brought to the USA by Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM), he became a therapy dog. During the pandemic, he marched past countless nursing home windows to help so many people overcome their isolation.
“That means so much to me and you can see the loneliness of the people and often many of us who go to these visits cry on the way home because we are so touched,” said Lindemann. “And we are very grateful that we can do something like that.”
That spring, Sully was one of 48 therapy dogs in the nation nominated for the American Humane Hero Dog Award. At about the same time, Christie published a children’s book telling Sully’s remarkable rescue story. She said she was inspired to do this during a virtual visit to elementary school children.
“This first grade little girl said, ‘Well, I think you have to write him a book.’ And it was something like the kick that I had to say: ‘You know what, it’s time,’ “said Lindemann.
She sat down and wrote it in an hour, took a few more months to edit and illustrate it herself. Now all proceeds go to the RAGOM rescue group.
“It has such a remarkable history and it gave me a platform to let people know what a therapy dog does,” said Lindemann.
They learned a few weeks ago that Sully failed to be a finalist for the Hero Dog Award, but she is proud of the nomination and what Sully has achieved to date.
“When you have love and hope in your life, things will be fine,” she said.