Val Silver lives in northern New York with her husband and Bichon/Shi Tzu mix, Teddy. She is a lifelong animal lover and advocate with a heart for animals and humans in need of compassion and healing. She wrote her first book, Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends, as a fundraiser for homeless dogs, to raise awareness of their plight and needs, and to show what wonderful companions these dogs make when given a chance. Val is a reading teacher, healer, and holistic wellness educator. She believes that it takes education, positive action, and compassion to create better lives for all creatures-animal and human.
Our dogs are our teachers and healers. They help us see ourselves and be better people and to give back because we receive so much love from them.
It was wonderful for me to read these words written by my sister, Judy Ambrosio about her dog Frances from her short story, "A Tale of Two Judys" in Rescue Me.
Sometimes it takes a dog for even sisters to reveal their hearts to each other like we did in our stories.
Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends
Frances is clearly different from any other dog I’ve owned. Spending time with her and talking to her is motivating. My corporate job and home life have a tendency to be very stressful. When I get home and open the door, there she is. She waits, not to be loved, but to give me love. It seems as if she says, “How was your day? Whenever you are ready, I am ready for our four mile power walk.” During my most tiresome times, she is there for me, not letting me go it alone. She has taught me that I was really the one who needed to be rescued. She taught me not to be selfish with my time, and that I don’t have to run home to get on a treadmill or run to the gym by myself because our time together is much more meaningful.