Love where you live!
LA MESA -- On July 16, 2014 I wrote the following words regarding the loss on June 2, 2014 of my dog, a 10-year-old Newfoundland named Ben.
"The expression “reeling from grief” fit the state of my broken heart. I looked on the internet for books about the loss of a dog who was like a soulmate. But finding nothing, I decided perhaps once I got over my deep sadness, I would write something. Something about how the heart of a dog never dies because no dog is constituted to leave his owner. The loyalty, affection, intelligence and courage, to say nothing of the humor, companionship, mischief and feel of a dog must be immortal.
I know there will be people who think I am turning my dog and all good dogs into something they are not, but I know I am right. Everything in my heart and soul tells me that it is the nature of a dog to STAY.
Now in what seems like a lifetime since, I would like to report that I did indeed write a book about the loss of my dog Ben. Well not just about my dog Ben, but about all dogs who seem to leave us. I wrote and wrote and tossed and tossed and finally after weeks of trying to say what I wanted to say, I decided the only thing to do was get out of the way of the message I had so badly wanted to read when Ben died. And then late one afternoon, the words just poured out onto the page and the book I had so earnestly wanted to write was finished. I titled the book Dogs Don't Die: Dogs STAY.
In a burst of optimism and hope I immediately sent a mock-up of the book to my editor at Andrews McMeel Universal and within days I had sold the book that had pretty much written itself. It will be out in September of 2015 and I think it will be the book I am the most proud of of all the books I've written. Such pain inspired it, but what joy will accompany its publishing. And I'll be happy that there will be a book out there to help people who have lost dogs and are trying to get through their own grief.
As I wrote in my new book, our old dogs find us new ones when they know we are ready. Ben found me a sweet "little" puppy born on August 4, 2014. I named him Sky. He weighed seven and a half pounds when I brought him home two months ago. Today he weighs 40 pounds on his way to 155. He is every bit the wonder of a puppy and I am blessed by his sweet presence sleeping beside me at night. Ben picked a good one!