Avalanche-a white, seventy-four pound Labrador retriever-developed a special bond with Susan's husband, Joe. When Joe died suddenly on a family vacation, both Avalanche and Susan mourned his loss. But the relationship between dog and owner thrived when they became volunteers at a local hospital and enriched the lives of patients in their small hometown. Molly-an orange-red Newfoundland mix-was rescued by Emily. Naturally friendly, Molly was an excellent candidate to be a therapy dog. Molly and Emily visited hospitals and hospices and also listened to children read at an elementary school. Through it all, Molly was patiently teaching Emily an important life lesson. Stories about dogs like Avalanche and Molly form the basis of Transformation of the Heart-a collection of engaging tales about eighteen therapy dogs and how they help each person they visit. But equally important, the stories show the power of partnering with a loving canine. It provides a unique insight on how the therapy dogs also heal the souls of their handlers. Heartwarming and inspiring, Transformation of the Heart demonstrates animals' unconditional love and their capacity for understanding situations that humans cannot. It reveals how dogs have the power to transform our hearts.