LET BUSTER LEAD
Discovering Love, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Self-Acceptance
By Deborah Dozier Potter
“I'm not a dog person, but I became just as emotionally involved reading about Buster, in Deborah Dozier Potter's memoir, as I did as a youth reading Alfred Payson Terhune's books about his collie, Lad. He became a person. I felt for him. I cheered for him. I ultimately grieved for him. Buster is a dog who truly made a difference during his life, and Mrs. Potter's love for her subject matter illuminates each page.” (Dominick Dunne)
“Deborah Potter vividly elucidates a much under diagnosed illness affecting an estimated 6 to 7 percent of the U.S. population at any one time. As a physician I have witnessed first hand how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can destroy families and relationships. I strongly recommend this book to my colleagues and to those who desire a first person account of this illness and its manifestations." (David A. Gonzales, MD)
“'Let Buster Lead' is a love story that begins in the pound, but the adopted pup is beyond ordinary. He rescues a woman who falls prey to a devastating and seemingly incurable illness and saves a marriage in the process. You will weep for joy and heartbreak in the course of reading about this creature, who must be gamboling in heaven with Lassie and Rin Tin Tin and every other legendary dog in literature." (Sylvia Chase, television news correspondent for 20/20, Primetime and NOW on PBS)
“Those suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as their family members will enhance their own healing through this warm, honest, and poignant story. The book is a touching and vivid reminder to us all of our hidden inner struggles and can give hope to the many who learn that their recovery will be through relationships--of all kinds! Potter writes in a warm, open and easy personal style; this is a story of courage and commitment.” (Marilyn J. Mason, Ph.D., former family psychologist and celebrity author)
"Hats off to a talented new writer Deborah Potter. In her first book she spins a touching, charming, altogether winning love story, the likes of which has never been told quite so tenderly before. It will lift your spirits and make you feel good about the world at a time when we need it most." (Robert Osborne, columnist for "The Hollywood Reporter" and host of Turner Classic Movies)
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Let Buster Lead is a personal memoir about love, courage and healing. Deborah Potter shares her relationship with her Border Collie, Buster, from the day she met him at the animal shelter until the last moment of his life. This isn’t a typical pet love story; it's an inspirational self-help book wrapped around a dog treat. The author met Buster while in a state of cynicism and grief following the death of her father. Her new pet helped to restore her faith in life. Buster then helped her cope with a high-powered marriage, intense stress and faltering self-esteem. When she suffered major trauma in a horse accident, Buster stayed by her side, his herding dog instincts protecting her vulnerable and broken body from harm. A year after the accident she became too tense to be touched by others or leave her home, unaware that she had developed a severe case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
She tells us how she discovered she had this disease and how Buster became her official service dog. She describes her struggle with PTSD symptoms, and what it was like to travel on airplanes and function in public with a disability and a therapy dog. Helping to restore her mental health and self-assurance, Buster led her back into a normal life. This is their story.
Deborah Dozier Potter was born into an entertainment A-list family. Her mother, Joan Fontaine, her aunt, Olivia de Havilland, and her stepmother, Ann Rutherford, were 1940s era movie stars. Her father, William Dozier, a popular film and television executive, produced and narrated TV's Batman series. Seeking a "regular" environment, Deborah settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she continued her international career as an actors’ representative. She and her husband raised two sons, developed a politically charged real estate law firm, and have formed partnerships that own several businesses. Among her many volunteer positions, she has served as the founding organizer of Santa Fe's Plaza Community Stage, a member of the Kennedy Center's President's Advisory Council on the Arts, and as a trustee of a college, an orchestra and two museums. A traumatic accident, an often un-diagnosed disability and a life-changing relationship with her Border Collie inspired her to write their story. Let Buster Lead is her first book, a tribute to her devoted best friend.
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