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Grieving the Death of a Pet Paperback – January 1, 2003
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Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"...offers the nurturing supportive hug that we all need when we experience the loss of a kindred spirit." -- Allen M. Schoen, DVM, author of Kindred Spirits
"...poignant and sometimes heartrending, filled with personal stories of love and loss." -- Publishers Weekly
"This book will touch your heart and help it to heal..." -- Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles
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Top Customer Reviews
I am about halfway through this book, and it is actually making me feel worse. The reason that it is making me feel worse is that included in this book are stories where the pet owners -- out of their sheer stupidity, ignorance, and irresponsibility -- actually caused the death of the pets that they should have been protecting.
One pet owner caused their German Shepherd to get heat stroke. Another couple put their friendly Rottweiler to sleep because he had bitten other dogs, and they were afraid he would bite a child. There are numerous other alternatives to euthanasia in circumstances such as those. Even the author caused the death of her first dog by actually pulling her dog overboard into a fast-moving river and then let go of him, causing him to drown. The author never should have jumped in the river herself let alone pull her dog in.
I just can't finish this book because I can't read any more stories where pet owners caused the death of their pets. I am very sensitive in that regard, and I think other animal lovers are the same way. I would never put any of my pets in harm's way like the author did. I know accidents do happen, but many of these people could have and should have been better informed and made better decisions concerning the safety of their pets. Many of these people set the stage for an accident by making a series of bad decisions. This just angers me at a time when I already feel sad.
Furthermore, this book has not told me anything that I did not know already.Read more ›
This book has made me think about the impending death of one of my dogs along with the loss of my childhood dog. It was a way to look back and realize that the feelings that I have had all these years were real and were "ok"
I think one of the main themes of this book is that it's "ok" to feel what you are feeling. It's not just a dog, it's part of your family and greiving is natural and expected part of healing.
Betty Carmack also tells us that it's ok to move on. That we will know when the time is right to get the next pet.
I also liked how it didn't just focus on dogs or cats, there were people who were greiving the loss of their beloved bird.
This is a must read for anyone who has a pet or who has lost a pet. I will recommend this book to everyone I know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book let me know that I'am not alone in feeling extreme grief in the loss of my beloved pet. I will share this book with someone else who might need it.Published 9 months ago by Beverly Schoborg
We had to put one of our cats down who had cancer of the kidneys. It was the hardest thing to go through after having to watch my father pass away. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joshuaone9
This book was ok reading but, not at all helpful in any way. It was very misleading with the titlePublished 23 months ago by smocking
I bought this for my mom when her dog Mitsy died. I am sorry it took so long to review it. More books like this should be written that bring true comfort to those who have lost... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by H.C. Heartland
This book was given to me by a wonderful couple after we lost 2 of our girls. I now give this book to friends and family when they lose a pet. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by KPaints
Years ago, I bought Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty Carmack because the topic interested me. When I recently lost my cat of eight years, I picked it up again to once again... Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by NebraskaIcebergs
Not much help when I had to put my cat to sleep. Again, maybe I expected too much and it's something I have to work through myself.Published on December 12, 2013 by vem
This book really helped me when I was grieving the loss of my dog, especially because I had to put her down and felt guilt. This book helped me feel much better. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Renee P.
Well written with a heart. It helped me to deal with my grief of losing my best friend of 22 years.Published on April 26, 2013 by Mongoose