Fifty Years of Walking with Friends

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
The author’s 9 guide dog are described in loving detail: their appearance, personalities, and why each had to retire. Noriega describes her family, her life as a blind college student, and her work experience. While she accentuates the positive, she does not shy away from letting us know that there have also been more than a few negatives in her life. But touches of humor lighten every chapter. More
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Reviews of Fifty Years of Walking with Friends by DeAnna Quietwater Noriega

Sarah Calhoun reviewed on Dec. 26, 2021

This well written book is a must read for those wanting to learn about guide dogs, bonding with the handler and a view into the world of blindness with a positive attitude and a zest for life! Heart warming, full of emotion and a book to enlighten your life!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Ann Chiappetta reviewed on Feb. 18, 2021
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An in-depth story about the author's life written in a strong and creative voice. I learned so much about Deanna, how she grew up and her values at a time of cultural extremes. She described the 1960s and early 1970s with a real and personal narrative and with sensitivity. Her inner strength also reveals itself in many circumstances that may have left others at a loss, but not Deanna.
While her dogs are always a partner in her writing, I felt that she wrote about them with a sincere and kind heart and balanced their stories with her own and it was well done. This is a book that will leave the reader with a smile, reflect on what is treasured and how respecting self and others encourages love, happiness and fosters hope.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Abbie Johnson Taylor reviewed on Feb. 1, 2021

Years ago, I met the author, DeAnna Quietwater Noriega, through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled authors to which I belong. Before that, she worked with my late husband, Bill, on the Colorado Council of the Blind. I’ve enjoyed reading her poems and stories, most of which were about her guide dogs and Native American heritage.

Fifty Years of Walking with Friends didn’t disappoint me. Through DeAnna’s narrative, I was with her and her dogs through their trials and tribulations. I laughed a lot at the dogs’ antics and got mad once when a rehabilitation center where she worked banned one of her dogs because people were complaining about his barking when someone entered her office.

I love the way DeAnna’s poems are inserted throughout the book. My favorite is one in which she compares one of her dogs, a chocolate Lab, to a cup of cocoa. Even if you don’t have a guide dog, and maybe even if you don’t like dogs, you’ll find Fifty Years of Walking with Friends heartwarming, educational, and entertaining.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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