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Humphrey Was Here: A Dog Owner's Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go Kindle Edition

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"Humphrey Was Here speaks for all of us who loved and lost a dog."
—Urban Dog Magazine

"In the best memoirs of beloved canines, the universal and the personal meet and tell a tale of healing that speaks to all who need it. Mark Asher has written such a book."
—Best Friends Magazine

About the Author

Mark J. Asher is the author of several dog books, including Humphrey Was Here, a memoir on pet loss, and Old Friends, which features portraits of senior dogs. Mark's most recent release, All That Ails You, is his first work of fiction. Told from the point of view of a house dog, who lives at an assisted living facility for seniors, it has quickly become his best-selling book.

In addition to his love of dogs, Mark is also the author of an entertaining series of fact books, which currently includes: Fascinating Facts About Classic Movies and Fascinating Facts About Famous Musicians.

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  • File Size: 2290 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V1I4F4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark J. Asher is the author of nine dog books, including: All That Ails You, Humphrey Was Here, and Old Friends. His work has been featured in People Magazine, The Bark Magazine and Best Friends Magazine, among other national publications.

In addition to his love of dogs, Mark is also the author of an entertaining series of fact books, which currently includes: Fascinating Facts About Classic Movies and Fascinating Facts About Famous Musicians.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Briggs on January 31, 2010
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I also own Mark Asher's Book "Old Friends" (wonderful) and was excited to read his memoir about the love and loss of his beloved dog Humphrey. Mark's story resonated with me in particular after the loss of my own dog, and I feel that dog owners everywhere can relate to the highs and lows Mark experienced as he progressed through the grief process. Honest and unsentimental, Mark deftly weaves the unfolding events of his own life with Humphrey's, demonstrating how intertwined our lives become with those of our canine friends. Mark evolved his grief into an opportunity to serve at Best Friends animal sanctuary and other shelters, a decision both inspiring and poignant. I appreciate how Mark doesn't "tell" readers how to feel about his experiences: rather he shares his story simply and honestly, allowing readers to complete the picture themselves. Thanks, Mark, for another wonderful contribution!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Appel on January 24, 2010
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The author, Mark Asher takes you to a place where he shares through his own personal experience the loss of his beloved companion, Humphrey. His poignant story of his emotional roller coaster of overcoming guilt, grief, acceptance and learning to let go and love again is moving. For me the book brought back memories when confronted with having to let a family pet go and the emotions one goes through. Mark Asher does a wonderful job of telling his story and how he dealt with his grief by learning to give of himself to homeless animals and thereby overcoming his sadness. I highly recommend this book. The book would be an excellent gift to anyone who has recently lost a family pet.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jan Berman on December 22, 2009
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The sound of Mark Asher''s voice through his words is irresistible. Though I am writing a review of Humphrey Was Here, I have to say that I fell in love with Mark's words in his first book, Old Friends - which celebrates the spirit and wisdom of the older dog, and captures so exquisitely, in words and photographs, what is good and delicious about a long-tem companion. It is a reminder to all of the importance of recognizing and celebrating what our old friends become -- in their own right and for us.

And so it is, that with my appreciation of Mark's ways, that I eagerly got my hands on his latest book about his beloved Humphrey. Ironically it comes out just as I am morning the loss of my own sweet father, which broke my heart into a million pieces. Loss is loss. As usual, Mark is charming and through his pain he delivers perspective and hope that goes directly to the soul.

You don't have to be sad or even a dog owner (I am not) to resonate with Mark's view of the world and the place that animals hold in it. He presents of world of people and animals sharing the planet that is compelling. It's personal. It has depth and meaning. These books have a kind of magic. They get a hold of your heart and don't let go.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet Mark through his canine friends or to invite yourself into his private world of joy and pain in his life with Humphrey. He makes you want to love those who are with you -more and better. But watch out- you might want to get a dog!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By corgi lover on December 12, 2012
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I am a devoted dog lover, and this book is clearly written by someone who loved their dog. The story didn't seem to be gathering any kind of momentum, was rather a long apology that became painful to read. So I put it down about half way through. I hope this book helped the author find closure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By charis on February 29, 2012
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Back in November of 2011, I lost my very best friend of 11 years. I miss him everyday with all of my heart. Little has brought comfort, this book has. To read about how important Humphrey was to his owner who loved him, the greif experienced, the journey that lead to healing has helped in my own journey. This book is a MUST for anyone who has ever loved and lost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hazel Brigz on July 27, 2013
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Generally, I steer clear of stories, especially dog stories, that have the potential to be sad or "too traumatic" for me to handle. Even the "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover" stories can upset me for months to come. Currently, I am dealing with the imminent death of my 18-year-old Plott hound, so I definitely had a degree of trepidation when I ordered "Humphrey Was Here."

Humphrey's story was deeply profound and, as hopefully you will soon read, he was taken from this world way ahead of his time. While this could have been a story with a whole lot of blame to go around, Mr Asher spent little time on that (other than blaming himself, which was undeserved, though certainly understandable). Rather, he took his experience and put it to positive use. The relationship that he shared with Humphrey glowed throughout every word. The healing that took place after Humphrey died was a long, arduous process, but the end result was truly remarkable.

As a result of having read this book, I feel like I am in a better place to handle Hazel's death. Unlike Mr Asher, I have been granted the "luxury" of knowing that her "time" is going to be here soon. For anyone who has struggled with, or may potentially struggle with, the death of their beloved pet, I heartily recommend this book. Even if you don't have a pet, reading "Humphrey Was Here" will explain what you are missing by not having a pet and may even expand your horizons to consider getting one.
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