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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: PublishingWorks (September 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933002794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933002798
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,463,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yborgal on July 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
We've had our hearts broken more than once when a beloved furbaby has passed away. Reading this book has given me comfort in knowing/believing/thinking that our departed companions are now giving other humans the love they once gave us.
Yes, the book is sad, but the overall feeling it left me with was one of comfort and a sense of acceptance of what must be.
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If you've never had a truly beloved pet in your life, you're probably not going to care too much about this book. While you might find it a charming little fantasy about "doggy/kitty heaven" with an interlude about a man and his dog, you read it, think "that's nice, there are some funny bits and sad bits", put it in the bookshelf and go on with your day.

However, if a "four-walker" of your own has passed through your life and left pawprints permanently embedded in your heart, you will be reaching for the tissue box time and time again in between chuckles and foolish grins. I read the last part with eyes streaming, remembering my own relationship with my cat (who has returned to... Everlife? Heaven? Tir na nOg? who knows, but I hope that wherever she is she is content, with all the whipped cream she can eat) and dreading the day when my Keeshond will leave us too. I don't know if it's because the Keeshond and the Samoyed are pretty closely related breeds but I saw so much of Murphy in my own dog, especially the excitement of fresh snow and being glued to his humans. That's one thing that Grayling does particularly well, the expressiveness of the nonhuman characters. Although I realize that Peaches the cat is a far lesser character than Murphy or even Cambium, I wish we could have seen more into him the way we could Murphy. I also thought I saw a nod toward reincarnation, with Aunt Millie's personality traits showing up in Peaches, and I would have enjoyed further exploration of that possibility. Perhaps fodder for Grayling's next book?

I gave it four stars instead of five because in places it IS a touch predictable, the dialogue can be a mite stilted, and some of the animals' "lessons" in Everlife after returning from their assignments are heavy-handed.
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By KDC on June 18, 2014
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This is a must read for anyone who believes the animals are sent to us for a purpose. Purchase of this book goes to help animals in need. I have recommended that all my friends read it.
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