Charmaine Hammond's first career was as a Correctional Officer, after which she pursued her passion for conflict management, specializing as a dispute resolution expert
Now as the President of Hammond International Inc., Charmaine helps individuals, teams, businesses, government departments, and corporations improve resilience, and inspired performance.
When she and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever who proved to be a holy terror, little did she know what Toby would also bring and how he would take Charmaine almost full circle and lead her down a literary path that would become almost a cult following.
About “On Toby’s Terms: (Taken from Amazon)
When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, they figured he might need some adjusting time, but they certainly didn't count on what he'd do in the meantime. Soon after he entered their lives and home, Toby proved to be a holy terror who routinely opened and emptied the hall closet, turned on water taps, pulled and ate things from the bookshelves, sat for hours on end in the sink, and spent his days rampaging through the house.
Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then pushing the lid of the toilet off the tank, smashing it to pieces. After a particularly disastrous encounter with the knife- block in the kitchen-and when the couple discovered Toby's bloody paw prints on the phone-they decided Toby needed professional help. Little did they know what they would discover about this dog.
On Toby's Terms is an endearing story of a beguiling creature who teaches his owners that, despite their trying to teach him how to be the dog they want, he is the one to lay out the terms of being the dog he needs to be. This insight would change their lives forever.
This book became an Amazon number one best seller and will soon be made into a major motion picture. It also enable Charmaine to raise a large amount for charity.
As ‘Jen Panteluk Director of Development Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta wrote…
On Toby’s Terms is a wonderful book and Charmaine Hammond has done an amazing job sharing their story of Toby. I completely admire what they have done with Toby – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll walk away with some great life lessons. I highly recommend this read!’
Charmaine did not stop writing for her other job and has produced several help books as well as a follow up to “On Toby’s Terms”. “Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends”. This second Toby book beautifully illustrated by a lifelong friend of Charmaine’s, follows Toby the service dog for a day, and see how he makes friends with the children, helps make them happy and forget that they are sick and away from home.
With a new Toby book about bullying on the way and further TV and radio follow up the name of Charmaine Hammond will continue to be to follow, showing how lessons learned in the business world can also relate to the lives of children.
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Charmaine Hammond
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