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

Mark J. Asher
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The loss of a beloved pet breaks your heart in a way that animal lovers know all too well. Author, Mark Asher experienced losing his German Shepherd/Chow mix in the worst of ways: while out of his care, at a boarding facility. At the time, Mark had just finished work on his first book, Old Friends, a loving tribute to senior dogs, and his dog, Humphrey, had been the inspiration. The sudden and devastating loss sent Mark into a debilitating state of anger, grief, and guilt, wondering what he could have done to prevent the incident from happening. Lost and empty without his four-legged companion—who had seen him through a divorce, relocation to a new city, and a new job—Mark decided to go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, to volunteer and find his way through the pain. Humphrey Was Here is about how one carries on after the death of a pet that means the world to them. It is an emotional and cathartic story of grieving and recovery that will deeply touch any dog lover.

Editorial Reviews


"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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  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449580408
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  • Language: English
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A loving tribute to a devoted friend... 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend reading "Humphrey was here" 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't miss the voice of Mark Asher! December 22, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None February 29, 2012
By charis
Format:Kindle Edition
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could not finish this book 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading! February 1, 2012
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This looks like a book limited to dog lovers only. Not so, this is a story about coping with the loss of a loved one. It really is unimportant that Humphrey is Mr. Asher's dog, as the emotions and grieving are the same whether the lost loved one is a spouse or a child or a dog or a cat. This story is one man's journey through grief, reconciliation and finally allowing yourself to move forward. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a Letter from a Dear Friend January 3, 2010
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Having purchased several copies of Asher's beautiful photographic books for gifts, I was interested to hear his voice as an author. Reading this book was like enjoying a long letter from a dear friend. The writing is straight from the heart, and I couldn't put it down as I accompanied the author through his emotional journey. My husband and I are the companions/housemates/caregivers to two amazing canines and I deeply understand the connection Mark Asher speaks of, although you don't have to be a 'dog person' to enjoy the book. It is a sensitive narrative of what we all must face at some point in our lives, and one man's process in dealing with and moving through the loss of a dear friend. If you have no interest in reading this book, buy it anyway and give it to a friend in support of Mark Asher's work. He is a gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dog Lover's July 17, 2013
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I am an animal lover, but this book went to the extreme. It seemed to go over and over the same feelings. The book might be helpful to someone who has recently went through the death of his/her own pet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK
I have not had a chance to sit down and read this book yet but I plan to read it soon.
Published 1 day ago by Beth Alderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Heartwarming read. Anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a dog will love this book. A must read for dog lovers everywhere
Published 19 days ago by Heather Shriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read!
As a dog owner myself, I was able to relate to Marks story of unconditional love, and the loss of that love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kris k
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who love dogs
I absolutly loved this book. We had just suffered the loss of a precious dog and I coujld feel the pain of this man . Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Schaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Marie was here
My Rottweiler, Marie was here. I have often thought this as I have gone to places where Marie and I had been. Marie was so much fun. She loved people, especially children. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Ewing
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad story that was told by a brave author
I don't even know why I picked this book up. Maybe it's because I have a dog who I love more than anything in the world. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karina
4.0 out of 5 stars Grab a tissue!
I enjoyed this book. As a dog lover though, the story of Humphrey's death is heartbreaking. The stories the author tells about volunteering at dog shelters were very inspiring, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darlene P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
This is a wonderful story. I understand the feelings in this story. I too lost a dog way before his time and it makes you always question yourself if you did all you could do. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. A. Coale
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but sad story
This is a good story of the special bond between a man and his dog. It gets very sad so keep tissues handy.
Published 3 months ago by D. Gates
4.0 out of 5 stars a pet lover's book
Anyone that has every loved a pet will love this book. It is a warm story about the bond between man and dog and does a great job of showing how they are able to "fill in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Helen J Barrett
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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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