International Assistance Dog Week  began five years ago as a way to honor the hardworking pups in our midst and to raise awareness of their contributions to both individuals and society. This year, IADW is celebrated August 4 - 10.
Read these books and find out how these incredible pooches change lives through their intelligence, obedience, and hard work:
Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs  by Sharon Sakson
A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog  by Dean Koontz
A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher  by Sue Halpern.
Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero  by Michael Hingson
The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing  by Susannah Charleson