1. Sharron is struggling with a deep sense of loss at the
beginning of the book. She’s getting older, her role as mother is
diminishing.How did that year with
Daisy help her come to terms with this? Have you had a similar experience where
you realized time was passing and your role in life was changing? How did you handle
2. Some people criticize the prison pup program, saying
prisoners shouldn’t have “pets.” What do you think of that point of view? What
do you think it must be like for a prison inmate to spend a year training a
service dog? Do you think programs like this have a benefit to society?
3. Bringing Daisy home for the first time brought out
Sharron’s insecurities. She was afraid she would give the dog a bad experience
and let everybody down. Have you ever been unsure that you could handle a
responsibility? What was that like and how did you get over the fear?
4. When they’re out in public together, Daisy opens the
world to Sharron. People talk to her and spill their own stories. What is it
about being with a dog that makes a person seem approachable?
5. It didn’t take long for Sharron to fall in love with
Daisy and secretly hope the dog would flunk out of the program. Were you rooting
for Daisy to make it as a service dog or fail the program so Sharron could keep
her? How would the story have been different if Daisy had failed and Sharron
got to keep her. Would you consider that a “happy ending?”
6. Sharron had constructed an opinion of Keith that was
based entirely on the way he cared for and trained Daisy. Her trust in him was
shattered when she learned of his crime.Was it fair for her to judge him so harshly for a crime that happened so
many years ago and when Keith was just a teenager? Are you the same person you were when you were
16 years old? How have you changed? What would life be like for you now if you
were judged by the things you did as a teenager?
7. Why do you think Sharron couldn’t look at Daisy after she
learned what Keith did? (p. 191)
8. Discuss the ways that Daisy improved the relationship
between Sharron and her daughter. Do you feel that Josh benefited from that
year with Daisy as well? How?
9. Loss and change are themes that run throughout Weekends
with Daisy.Both Sharron and Keith
suffer losses, but each loss leads to growth. Is loss necessary for there to be
transformation and growth?