Mika Ryan, author of “Hank, the Therapy Dachshund”, has shared 38 years with her husband Pat raising and loving a menagerie of dachshunds. She has raised dachshund pups and adopted adult dachshunds for companionship and pet therapy. Mika is a retired collegiate women’s basketball coach and TV color analyst. These days she can be found reading, writing, enjoying her family and caring for dachshunds Connor, Penny and Paddy.

My Book Hank, The Therapy Dachshund Amazon Review

Hank, The Therapy Dachshund - Mika Ryan

Hank, The Therapy Dachshund is the perfect children's book for school libraries, dog centered gift shops and dog training facilities. It tells a lovely story about a real Therapy Dog, Hank, and his long life helping others. As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer I administer the certification test for Therapy Dogs International and this book is a wonderful way to familiarize children and their adults about the important work these dogs do every day in many situations. I highly recommend this book! 

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Hank, The Therapy Dachshund - Mika Ryan

The touching and true story of Hank, a silver dappled dachshund, who discovers he may have a talent to comfort people as a therapy dog. Does he have the “right stuff”? Grab Hank’s leash and look over his shoulder with author, owner and handler, Mika Ryan, as Hank narrates his heartwarming journey from young pup to old dog. Hank introduces you to his family members along with his real-life dachshund friends. Young readers will discover a variety of dachshund sizes, colors and personalities. Hank spotlights their differences and how he becomes friends with them all. Read about Hank’s challenges as he shares the tests he must pass and the commands he must learn to become a therapy dog. Does Hank have the courage to complete the task? Many children will be able to read this story on their own or with help from an adult. It is also appropriate as a bedtime story for infants and younger children who will enjoy the color, the story and the dog illustrations. This book is the perfect gift for Dachshund fans. However, anyone who loves dogs will find this a sweet and informative book about a little dog with a big personality who lived an extraordinary life.