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Zellwood: A Dog Story Kindle Edition

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"I put off reading this story for a long time because I was afraid it would make me too sad. I know the pain of losing a beloved pet. But to my surprise, I was actually uplifted. Zellwood is much more about life than it is about death.

Jake's and Annie's personalities really come across so that you can see both dogs. The tale is economical, but the language is lyrical...Thank YOU Rebecca, for writing a truly moving story! It is indeed a release and you've helped many people embrace healing. A wonderful gift!" - Susan J. McLeod, New York

"This is the second of Rebecca Stroud's works that I've read. The other one was a full-length work about revenge. This one is quite different. The language in this short story is perfect. The words are precise. It's an emotional read that brought a tear to my eye. The language used is so precise and perfect that it captures something magical...simple yet eloquent. Anyone who has ever loved a pet or really loved at all would enjoy Zellwood. There is a lot packed into this little story. Simply beautiful." - Doug DePew, Missouri

"Yes, this is a very short piece, but it is a gorgeously-written one. I was able to picture the whole thing as I went along to Zellwood. It made me cry and that is a rare thing for me as a reader. Congratulations to Rebecca on this beautiful story!" - Maggie Plummer, Montana

"I cried, then smiled through my tears as I read Rebecca Stroud's touching tale of love, loss, grieving, and healing.This is a short story, but it's one you'll long remember. Stroud's writing is flawless, beautifully poetic and evocative. It's also wonderfully cathartic with an ending that, I promise, will leave you smiling and uplifted..." - P.L. Blair, Wyoming

From the Author

This story is based on personal experience...one that all dedicated pet owners will face sooner or later. Hopefully, much later...

Product Details

  • File Size: 93 KB
  • Print Length: 6 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rebecca Stroud (July 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAA9PC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I am a former newspaper reporter/columnist and am now an independent author who - in the last few years - has published eight books. In addition to writing, I've also taken on the task of editing for those who need a polished product at a reasonable price.

An avid animal lover, I live in Florida with my beloved husband and our adored catahoula-boxer mix.

**To contact me regarding my books or editing services, please go to RebeccaStroud@aol.com with "Comments" or "Editing" on the subject line. Feedback is essential so please don't hesitate to let me know your thoughts.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By G. Smith on January 25, 2012
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Laurie's and Tim's old dog Jake died exactly one year ago. While Laurie is over the worst of it, Annie, their ten-year-old wolf-dog child is still grieving. Laurie tells her ever-patient husband that she wants to make a two-hour trip to take Annie to the Zellwood pet cemetery where Jake was buried.

This is a touchingly beautiful short story. I cried for my dog, gone for seven years now. Those of us who have had a true bond with a pet never forget them, and maybe never truly get over the loss.

I hope that Ms. Stroud writes more. She certainly has a flair for storytelling and a gift for writing that draws you in and touches your heart.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By schoolhouse on December 5, 2011
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This is truly a lovely story of what it means to experience love, loss and healing. There is no question that our beloved animals are emotional beings who experience joy and sadness. This story shows how dealing with shared loss can lead to moving forward together. This reminds me of the very poignant YouTube video of the faithful dog keeping vigil at the side of his master's flag draped coffin. Rebecca Stroud understands how complex animals are and how it our responsibility to help them however we can.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mustang Fyant on December 25, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book. It drove home the simple fact that animals do have emotions and if they let us, we can help them through a hard time.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Karen Burroughs on February 15, 2011
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The author has an amazing gift of imagery and emotion. Ms. Stroud obviously understands the bond between a dog and owner and writes of that never ending love. Well worth reading!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles P. Spencer on April 26, 2013
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This is a beautifully written short story about dealing with loss. The author uses well-crafted and unique metaphors to express her emotion. When she described visiting a certain location in the story, I immediately envisioned the grey almost gothic environment. The passing of a loved one, no matter the species, invokes deep feelings in us all. This story is about the loss of a dog, but that doesn't marginalize the pain. The author opened a window to her soul. She let me in. I felt what she felt. Jake was her dog, her son. For me, as the reader, Jake represents more than a pet. He transcends the canine classification. Jake is the loved one we lost. The trip to Zellwood is our closure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lady_of_a_day on April 6, 2012
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"Zellwood" is a very short story, but it packs into its few pages a lifetime's love and devotion. If, like so many of us, you have ever lost a pet with whom you had shared that deeply personal bond, this story will speak to you.

If your loss is recent, and your grief is new and raw, "Zellwood" may give you some comfort and hope that, one day, the future will become less bleak.

I found this little book by accident, but I'm so glad that I did.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Plummer on March 5, 2013
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Yes, this is a very short piece, but it is a gorgeously-written one. I was able to picture the whole thing as I went along to Zellwood. It made me cry, and that is a rare thing for me as a reader. Congratulations to Rebecca on this beautiful story!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana M. Hockley on February 16, 2015
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The information accompanying this story was quite clear that this is a short story, so those who lambasted the author because this was not a full length book were not paying attention to what they were buying.

A simple story of love and loss, it is beautifully written and brought tears to my eyes. Animals know when their beloved companion dies and anyone who says they don't have souls - for me - is an idiot. Everyone knows that they go to the Rainbow Bridge where they are safe, loved and young again.

Great little story.
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