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Remembering Ruby: For Families Living Beyond the Loss of a Pet Paperback – August 25, 2007
From the Author
During the difficult time after our beagle died in April 2003, I was unable to find a book on pet loss that our family could share; nothing "spoke to me". That summer, I wrote a book on the subject-geared towards families with young children-after it occurred to me that writing our story would be therapeutic while also helping other families going through the same thing. My story, accompanied by black and white photographs and the stunning cover designed by my sister, has been transformed into a book that I know will make an impact on families of all kinds.
About the Author
Melisa Wells wrote Remembering Ruby: For Families Living Beyond the Loss of a Pet shortly after losing 13-year-old Bijoux to cancer, when it seemed difficult to find "just the right book" on pet loss for her sons. She is a freelance writer and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Jim and their two sons. The Wells Family now includes another dog, a beagle named Roxie.
In keeping with the familial theme of Remembering Ruby, Melisa chose her sister Julie Witcoff to create the cover and interior design of the book. Julie is a graphic designer, photographer, and web-blogger. She has used her design talent on many things --a board game, greeting cards, product packaging, posters, travel brochures, and wrapping paper to name just a few--but this is her first children's book.
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Reading Remembering Ruby, a children's book about families living beyond the loss of a pet, reminds me of the important role pets play in most of our lives. They are loved by us, but offer support for our families as well.
Remembering Ruby is a delightful little book with attractive black and white photos and illustrations. It is a true story about a boy and his dog, Ruby, and how the entire family survives Ruby's passing. It is a book that would be appropriate for any age reader and had me smiling and crying all the way through because of its beautiful and simple message.
Also, Melisa Wells has written a lovely blog chronicle about her experience with Ruby - [...] Please go take a look.
5 star book - I highly recommend it!!!
Well, I am feeling rebellious today so I can only pray for leniency from the man-law judges because I am going to break the law today.
I grew up on a farm and we had lots of dogs. Some of them were my best friends who are all long gone now. Unconditional love is a wondrous and wonderful thing that of all the animals on this planet perhaps dogs along are capable of. That unconditional love from all my old friends got me through many tough times, they helped to shape me and they are part of who I am forever.
Somehow, over the 20, 30 years since then I had forgotten about my dear friends. Can you believe that? They gave so much to me and I simply forgot about them? What a heal I have been.
Reading "Remembering Ruby" helped me to remember all my old friends, as it should be.
Melisa Wells, thank you for bringing my old friends back to me, back to where they belong.
Most recent customer reviews
We just passed it on to our son in Florida who lost his 16 year old Bichon - Jake "the dawg" and his girlfriend who lost her #1 Cat Phoebe.Read more