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Jesse Freidin & Dr. Robert Garofalo, When Dogs Heal
Jesse Freidin & Dr. Robert Garofalo, When Dogs Heal

Thu, Mar 04



Jesse Freidin & Dr. Robert Garofalo, When Dogs Heal

The best medicine may not always be found at a pharmacy or in a doctor's office. Sometimes it comes in the form of a four-legged friend. Powerful stories of people living with HIV and the dogs that saved them.

Date, Time & Location

Mar 04, 2021, 6:00 PM MST


About the Event

To join us on Zoom, please register here. Once you are registered you will receive your link to join the event. 

Dogs are not only welcome to this virtual book reading, but encouraged!  We want to see this Zoom event full of all your beautiful dogs (cats welcome too, of course), so make some room on the couch as this will be a reading we know your animal companions will love.

We’ll be randomly selecting two participants from the Zoom room to share their personal story of how their dog has helped them through difficult times, and can’t wait to see you at this interactive and emotional event.

You can pre-order When Dogs Heal here (hardcover) or here (paperback)

Three well-known leaders in their fields--award-winning dog photographer Jesse Freidin, adolescent HIV+ specialist Dr. Robert Garofalo, and LGBTQ advocate and journalist Zach Stafford--offer a refreshing, beautiful, and unique portrait of HIV infused with a deep message of hope. Each extraordinary profile shows the power of the incredible bonds between humans and their canine companions, whether that means combating loneliness and stigma, discovering the importance of unconditional love, overcoming addiction, or simply having a best friend in a time of need.  When Dogs Heal shares the stories of a diverse set of people who are thriving and celebrating life thanks to the compassion and unconditional love of their dogs.

Find out more about the project and book here.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will benefit Assistance Dogs of the Southwest.

About the Contributors to the Book

Jesse Freidin is a fine-art dog photographer whose dog portraits are in private collections throughout the United States and have been exhibited in galleries from coast to coast. He's based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

Robert Garofalo is a professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University and physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is founder of Fred Says, a non-profit charity that supports HIV+ youth. For more information on ‘Fred Says’ visit

Zach Stafford is an award-winning journalist who currently serves as editor-at-large of BuzzFeed and co-host of the daily news podcast News O'Clock. Zach regularly provides commentary on television and has appeared on the BBC, CNN and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He's based in New York City.  

Christina Garofalo is an L.A.-based TV writer and journalist. She's covered travel, food, and culture for more than a dozen publications, including Afar, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, Paste, Resident, Robb Report, and ShermansTravel. Previously, she's served as an editor for ShermansTravel, Robb Report, and Christina is also the voice of Fred Says on social media.

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