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A great comfort to me and all whome I am associated with. Thank you Gary for writing it. -- Terry Hickey, Founder, Halton/Peel Pet Loss Support Group

I read both of Gary's books and experienced great joy and blessing. -- Dr. Jack Van Impe, TV Evangelist letter of September 2001


Losing a pet is a very difficult experience for most pet owners. The isolation one feels when dealing with this specific kind of grief can be overwhelming at times. After all, most people seem to think, 'it was only an animal.' Gary Kurz, author of Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates, wants you to know you are not alone. Not only are there others who understand your intense feelings of loss, but there is also reason for great hope.

In the introduction to his book, Mr. Kurz explains that it was the loss of his beloved Chihuahua, Pebbles, that led him to research the concept of animal afterlife. In the wake of Pebbles' death, a friend reacted to Kurz's grief with the cold response of someone who has clearly never shared a close relationship with an animal. Her sarcastic remark about "doggy heaven" led Kurz to turn to the Bible for comfort and understanding of what had become of his cherished Pebbles-and we should all be glad he did.

The result is a book offering great comfort and peace to anyone, young or old, who has ever lost a pet. No, there isn't a doggy heaven. In fact, there is only one Heaven and it is a place where we will all live together. All of us humans and our lost, but not forgotten, pets.

Mr. Kurz leads the reader through a convincing analysis of the spiritual state of animals. Do they have a soul? Yes. Are they loved by their Creator? Yes, indeed. Mr. Kurz explores several other topics in the book that I found quite thought-provoking. In one section he proposes that animals will have the ability to speak in the afterlife. Initially, even I (a diehard animal lover myself) reacted with skepticism to this concept. But, once I read what the author had to say on the subject, it seemed a natural, logical assumption. I looked at my dog and half-expected her to open her mouth and talk to me.

Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates is an incredibly well researched book offering true and lasting peace for individuals coping with pet loss. The author's concern for his readers is made evident throughout the book. He wants you to know you are not alone and that the Word of God offers you hope in your grief and salvation through Jesus Christ. I would recommend it to all animal lovers. -- Terry Wilson, Faith Writer's Book Reviewer, February 2007

I read this fabulous book. It is brilliantly written, sensitive, heartwarming and uplifting. It will bring you hope and comfort. -- Susan Peterson, Hollywood Producer

Thank you for your book and for the gracious inscription. -- White House, First Lady Laura Bush letter of April 9, 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gary Kurz is a retired Coast Guard officer who served his country faithfully and honorably for over 30 years. He and his wife have a love for animals and a concern for others who share their love. He lives in Kansas. Visit his website at www.coldnosesbook.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806528877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806528878
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author has done a wonderful, inspired job of writing; we are certainly left with real hope that we may reunite with our precious animal companions in Heaven. In addition he shares some marvelous stories of animal-human interaction, including some that we have all seen in the news.
I would like to make several other recommendations here as well, since there is no category as of yet specifically on animal afterlife, on-line (or in any other lists for that matter).
Because of this and the fact that there are so few books written on this subject, those in grief over the loss of a pet often find themselves desperately searching, and miss out. Here is a list of all the books that I know of dealing with afterlife of animals;
Amazon.com has sites on all of them where can visit to learn more on each respective title.
"Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates".Excellently done: inspired compassionate, fully-Biblical
"The Soul of Your Pet". Convincing, credible evidence regarding animals' existing after death.Interactions with pets that have passed on. Will defy skeptics.
"Will I See Fido in Heaven?". Solidly Christian, inspired,loving; includes passages from 2 books of the Apocrypha that address the topic, as well.
"For Every Dog an Angel". Angel stays with pup from birth, on; we eventually are reunited, each "forever person" with his or her "forever pet(s)". Written for children, adults will love even more. Wonderful!
"Dog Heaven". For children; adults will enjoy as well
"Cat Heaven" Children/adults
"All Dogs Go to Heaven". Well-known, has a story-line.
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I was completely devestated at the untimley death of my beloved Caleb a one year old yorkie. I just could not imagine life without him. I never knew that something so small could weigh so much in your heart and totally captivate your world. The hole that his death left in my heart was so great, I felt as if there was nothing that could be done to fill it. My heart and spirit was broken and so sad that I thought I could not get past it. The day after his death, I went in search of something, anything to help me understand his death, anything to help ease my pain. That's when I came across the book "Cold Noses At the Pearly Gates". I read this book it in only two days. The encouraging words and the warmness of the aurthor helped me deal with this horrible loss. I felt as if Gary was talking to me personally telling me that it was going to be alright. I now understand that we only have those precious little creatures for a season, some seasons being much shorter than others. Why this is, no one knows. The one thing I now know is that with Gary's words, I will absolutely see my precious Caleb again and the bond we shared in his earthly life will continue throughout eternity. My Caleb had to much love and devotion to give only to have lived those few short months. I know now that he will be waiting there to greet me when I pass into his world and until that day, I will love my little forever dog and keep his memory alive in my heart and in my heart he will stay. "Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates" is an exceptional work for anyone grieving and dealing with the loss of a four legged baby, it is an absolute must. My hat is off to the aurthor for giving so much to the animal lover and by his words, our pains are eased.
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I think Gary Kurz did an excellent job of getting his view point across in a very possitive manner. I appreciate the fact that he took the time to make sure he got the Gospel message across as well. The salvation of souls is of primary importance. I share his love for animals & have always felt that animals will be in heaven. It is hard to find someone to agree with me, but Gary Kurz not only agrees with me but gives plenty of evidence to support that view as well. For those of you that don't believe that animals will be in heaven, where do the horses come from spoken about in scripture? And, if God expects us to care for His creatures, what makes you think God hasn't made provision for them as well. Though not in the same way as He has provided for people, animals have their place here & they will have their place in heaven also. Again, I want to congratulate Gary Kurz for a job well done & not being afraid to tackle a controversial subject. Excellent job, Gary.
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Losing a pet can be such a difficult time in our lives, sometimes it hurts as much, if not more, than losing a person. Society doesn't seem to address the trauma associated with coping with this sort of loss, and/or the afterlife of our treasured faithful companions.

Finally, a book that will walk us through answering those questions about where our companions go, if we can expect to see them again and the afterlife they will experience. As well as helping us cope with our sorrow and depression and our ability to walk through the pain and move foward.

The author is sensative, gentle and will touch your heart. A must have for any pet lover going through this great loss.
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Our family lost two of our beloved dogs within 5 months. Coping with their loss and not knowing how or what to say to our children has been difficult. This book does an excellent job of explaining the spiritual side of loss along with some personal insight by the author. I appreciated Mr. Kurz sharing his own feelings of grief and loss. It made it much easier for me to identify and realize there are other people who feel the same way about losing a friend. I also E-mailed Mr. Kurz, and received a prompt reply that was respectful and empathetic.
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