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Zellwood: A Dog Story [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Stroud
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An "Awesome Indie" short story...

Have you ever lost a beloved pet? Have you grieved and mourned yet still feel empty? May the road to Zellwood help you find an end to that sad journey.

*Note: Albeit quite poignant, please be aware this is a very short story. However, I hope you find the message within as cathartic as it was for me when I wrote it...


Smack in the center of the state, there sits a small town whose only claim to fame is spring-bottled water and an annual corn festival. It is a blink-of-the-eye beautiful burg with gently sloping hills and towering oaks laden with silvery, spidery Spanish moss. Boasting few traffic lights, it nevertheless has one spectacular pet cemetery.

Zellwood. Rarely does one go there on purpose. But since I have one - though some might say it's silly - I'm going. For somewhere in that tiny town, an old dog named Jake is buried...

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This story, written over ten years ago, is based on personal 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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAA9PC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dogs are forever 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grieving together 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great love story. 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but packed and sweet 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Closure 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Short Story February 7, 2012
By barb
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A sweet and compelling short story, but the impact is much more. Very touching and shows the impact the loss of a pet has in our lives and the lives of our other pets. Very nice read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want tears of joy this will give them to you
If you want tears of joy this will give them to you. Best Book Ever!! Great item! I always buy everything from amazon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna S Magee
2.0 out of 5 stars Zellwood
It was too short. Although it showed emotions, it was not interesting.because it left blanks spaces between events. It was not a book.
Published 3 months ago by Eleanor B McCown
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story about dealing with loss
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a very sweet short story about dealing with the loss of a loved one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. VanZwoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully heartwarming and enlighting to all who have pets.
Wonderful heartful story of love given and received between real human beings and their four-legged family. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs grieve too, an inspiring story of loss and hope
Wow, this very short story really reflected my experience with human and dog grief.

A dog named Annie is spending Christmas Eve under the tree looking listless. Read more
Published 14 months ago by digsblues
3.0 out of 5 stars Read for yourself
This is so short you should just read it for yourself since you can read it in the time you are taking to read reviews.
Published 16 months ago by D. Booth
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry I read alot of dog books I don't know how this can even be...
This is a "short story" beyond short, read in a few minutes.I love dog stories and I am sure the person who wrote this loves dogs as I do,but I am sorry this cannot even be... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Aussie
5.0 out of 5 stars Zellwood: A Beautiful Dog Story
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. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Susan J. McLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars Zellwood Touching, Cathartic
I cried, then smiled through my tears as I read Rebecca Stroud's touching tale of love, loss, grieving, and healing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by P.L. Blair
5.0 out of 5 stars short but good
usually i dont get books about dogs because i usually cry since i lost my dog Fred he was the best dog and in this short story Jake is the best dog
Published 18 months ago by Meg Haggard
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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 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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