These special animals are more than just man's best friend, sometimes they're a literal lifeline.

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Looking for your next inspirational read? Look no further than Hope Has a Cold Nose by Christine Hassing — which came out this September — about the special bond between military veterans and their service dogs. The author and inspirational speaker was moved to work on the project after learning the grim statistic that 22 U.S. military veterans die from suicide each day.

While earning her master’s degree, Hassing met a veteran and his service dog, and after hearing about the tremendous impact the dog had on his owner's life, she knew she wanted to do something to bring this story to the wider public. As she researched the subject, she learned of the amazing role service dogs play in helping military veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). To help shed light on this important issue, she decided to team up with 23 veterans who wanted to share their own special relationships with their pups and how the dogs helped them return to civilian life. Thus, this new compilation was born.

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Each chapter brings one of those incredible stories to the page, illustrating the beautiful dog-human connection in helping veterans recover from trauma. “It is my hope that the stories within this book can raise awareness about service dogs as a healing modality for those journeying with PTSD,” says Hassing in a press release. “and to inspire those who are struggling to not lose their will to live.”

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During these dark and uncertain times, a little bit of light from human's best friend certainly goes a long way. We're definitely adding this one to our reading list.

Share with us: Have you experienced or witnessed the impact of a service dog or have you trained a service dog? It sure takes a lot of work, but the difference these pups make in people's lives is so powerful.