Review: A Dose of Tia by Dina Mauro

A Dose of Tia: How a Woman and Her Rescued Dog Embraced Life Through Volunteering - and How You Can, Too

A Dose of Tia: How a Woman and Her Rescued Dog Embraced Life Through Volunteering – and How You Can, Too by Dina Mauro

Published: October 2012

Purchase: Amazon


How does one create an exceptional life? Wife, mother, and animal lover Dina Mauro sets out to answer this question in the unlikeliest of places, her local hospital. A Dose of Tia explores love, life, and healing. As the human member of her registered animal-assisted interaction team, Mauro recounts her experiences at the hospital in this journal-style memoir with humor and candor, providing life lessons gleaned along the way.

A Dose of Tia inspires readers to tap into their authentic selves, listen to what makes them joyful, and find their exceptional life. Through the lens of volunteerism, this registered team challenges readers to see the world with fresh eyes, challenge one’s perspective, and take action. “A personal and enlightening glimpse into how giving of yourself to help others is rewarded in unexpected ways through the journey of self-discovery and reflection.

This book will speak to your heart and stir you to revisit what really matters in life.“ Diana M. McQuarrie, MSOL / Executive Director |Denver Pet Partners Tia, an English Pointer, was minutes away from being euthanized before she was rescued four years ago. “I guess you could say that a rescued dog rescues patients and staff at the hospital. Tia is now giving back to the very species that at one time had no use for her,” explains author and publisher Dina Mauro.


This book is not one I would normally read. I read for enjoyment so I don’t read books that are non-fiction. I am happy that I decided to make an exception in this case.

A Dose of Tia is a kind of memoir filled with small stories about how the author, Dina Mauro, fills her time volunteering at a local hospital. She and her dog Tia visit the patients, family members and staff that they come across, trying to brighten their day with a little bit of kindness. In each story Dina comes across a thought or idea to focus on in her own life.

As an owner of two rescued dogs, I appreciate what she has made an effort to help these dogs in need. I also admire her wanting to bring some happiness into the lives of people who are going through different struggles in their own lives. She really gives you a unique look into what volunteering not only does for others but how it also feeds your own spirit.

This is not a long book and it is very easy to pick up and read. I do recommend this to anyone who had a heart for animals and an interested in helping others.

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