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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: One World Books (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983260125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983260127
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,850,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book about the love and the care of a dog that grew ill and died.
J.D. O'Shaughnessy
And through this effort, aided by her meticulous documentary story telling style, she may have given us insight into breakthrough therapies and how they work.
Npoet9
My hats off to Jan and Richard for the love they had for Oscar as well as their other dog Winston.
Richard J Blanchard

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lionsdendaniel on October 12, 2011
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"Last Summer with Oscar" is a detailed book, though not meaning lengthy, by Jan Schwartz about the efforts of her and her husband to find alternative methods of treating their Golden Retriever for gastrointestinal cancer. This was in lieu of permitting their beloved dog to go through the torture that is chemotherapy, knowing that even chemotherapy would not ultimately cure the dog. Oscar himself led them to their first discoveries, beginning to devour slippery elm leaves on their property and turning them toward their first discoveries about alternative, natural elements for curing cancer. As one who always has questioned the "cut, poison and burn" methods for fighting cancer, which also kill immune cells, I found the book to be an eye opener. It is detailed because Schwartz, a forensics scientist among other academic accomplishments, is meticulous in maintaining a record of the treatment and care of Oscar. But the detail is important in this story, because the only hope for the dog was its diet as the veterinarian had told them, these dogs usually die within 60 days because they cannot eat.
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I just finished reading a book that chronicled the final year in the life of a Golden Retriever named Oscar, and to some extent, that same year's experience for his companion in that household, another Golden Retriever named Winston.

Now some may find that the last year in the life of a dog, unless that canine has suddenly acquired a remarkable ability to speak, and for most of us...speak English...somewhat uneventful. But if you love dogs, I would say to you: withhold your judgment, because you are the person for whom this book was written.

Let us first stipulate that almost all dogs, ("dog" is "god" spelled backwards...you probably didn't realize that) are without guile and therefore eminently, almost universally lovable. Golden Retrievers are among those with the most pleasing characteristics.

Just in case you have never been on a suburban sidewalk in the United States, a Golden Retriever is a medium sized dog, approaching the knee or slightly above on most adults, with a typical hunting dog face, that often grows lighter with age, floppy ears and a slightly shaggy tale.

Anyone who has seen one or both of the "Homeward Bound" films will recall what a Golden Retriever looks like--a golden coat and an open, appealing look of innocence and simplicity.

These are the characteristics of the two dogs into whose daily lives we are introduced by the circumstances of this book, "Last Summer with Oscar" by Jan Mielke Schwartz.

On returning home from a short vacation, the author and her husband learned that one of their two beloved Golden Retrievers had been afflicted with cancerous tumors that would shortly take the dog's life.
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By Npoet9 on August 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Jan Schwartz has written a memoir that combines the detail of a scientist with the doting care of a sincere dog lover. She weaves a story that calls the reader into a world of struggle - struggle to save the lives of dear close friends.

In this case it is the lives of Oscar, her Golden and his brother, Winston. Not only is this a story of a warm, quirky, and devoted pet owner seeking remedies and detailing her passioned work to extend life, but it is a psychological blueprint for any of our work with any loved one who is suffering. We seek to comfort, to nourish, to research ways to expand our knowledge of how to make things whole. And we learn to say goodbye.

Jan gave us a view of a highly personal therapy, one that goes beyond the distance set between the healer and the patient. And through this effort, aided by her meticulous documentary story telling style, she may have given us insight into breakthrough therapies and how they work.

Jan's book is a wonderful gift idea for dog-loving friends. This is quite a revealing and courageous work by this writer, and worth reading, and for having remedy ideas ready on the shelf next to your medicinal, herb remedy, and cook books.
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This is a great story about dog owners dedicated to supporting their loving pet through a very difficult time. Lots of love and valuable information if you have pets and want only the best for them.
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More About the Author

Dr. Jan Schwartz brings warmth, enthusiasm and a wealth of experience in forensic behavioral science to all of her projects. Noted as "one of those who show high promise of significant contribution to society and progress," "Last Summer with Oscar," an International Bestseller on Amazon.com, is her first book. Heartfelt thanks to all who made this happen!

The how-to-do-it "Last Summer with Oscar Workbook" was published in December 2012. I have two new books in process: "Anywhere Town, Everywhere County, USA: How to Detect the White-Collar Criminal," and "How to Tap into Your Creative Genius."

I love creativity, believe in humanity and care about changing the world! For more information, please see http://www.LastSummerwithOscar.com. Also, my Linkedin profile shares details about my work as a forensic behavioral scientist: http://linkedin.com/in/janetmschwartz.