Chancer: How One Good Boy Saved Another

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Donnie Kanter Winokur

Narrated By: Donnie Kanter Winokur

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: August 2017

Duration: 9 hours 51 minutes


Donnie and her husband, Harvey, never could have imagined the heart-wrenching struggle that becomes their new reality after they decide to adopt two infants from Russia. As Iyal and Morasha grow, it becomes clear that Iyal's development is drastically lagging behind his sister's. By age four, he has a devastating diagnosis: fetal alcohol syndrome. But naming their battle provides little relief as Iyal and his family try to cope with the lifelong impact of his invisible disability.

Desperate to alleviate her son's constant rages, Donnie comes up with an innovative, untested, four-pawed solution: a service dog named Chancer. Chancer is specially trained to give Iyal a unique love he desperately needs. But in this true-life tale infused with moments of despair, tenderness, and humor, Chancer turns out to be what the entire family has needed to stay-and grow-together.

"Chancer is a moving and elegantly written memoir about marriage, motherhood, and a faithful dog who saves the day. Winokur has an elegant voice, and her humor fills even the most harrowing moments with hope. While this is a very personal tale, anyone who has ever been a parent, a partner, or a dog lover will relate."

-REBECCA ASCHER-WALSH, author of Loyal: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism, and the Devotion of Dogs


  • Jo Ann S

    I enjoyed the book. I learned a lot about fetal alcohol syndrome and I love books about dogs. But it didn't keep my interest like I had hoped it would. It was just rather slow.

  • Finn K

    This book really reminded me of a book I read when I was just a young lad about a boy saving a dog.

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