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Three Cats, Two Dogs: One Journey Through Multiple Pet Loss Paperback – April 13, 2000

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From the Publisher

The Dog Writers Association of America has named Three Cats, Two Dogs, One Journey through Mutiple Pet Loss the 2000 winner of the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award.

About the Author

David Congalton lives in San Luis Obispo, California. He is a charismatic radio/news talk-show host with his own daily two-hour show, "The Dave Congalton Show." In addition, Congalton was a columnist for the "San Luis Obispo County Telegram-Tribune" for eight years. Congalton now uses his talking and writing skills as a humane educator on behalf of animals.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: NewSage Press (April 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939165376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939165377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,588,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a love story.
Too often we skirt around the edges of grief...especially when we feel belittled by a society that doesn't allow for the depth of sadness one feels upon losing an animal companion. Sensing this from his family and many of his acquaintances, the author did his best to stifle the weight of his loss(es) and "act normal." Fortunately, for him and for us, what comes naturally, what is normal, is to pour one's heart out onto the page. A page doesn't judge your feelings. A page absorbs the the grief, the anger, the frustration. It just listens.
I encourage you to listen to the pages in Three Cats, Two Dogs. If you are quiet, you will hear the purring, you will see the talking dog-eyes, you will smell the smoke, you will taste the tears shared by this couple when only they could understand how it was to lose five of their best friends, and you feel the not only the weight of that loss, but the celebration of each animal's life as well as the joy in gradually re-opening their scarred hearts to animals in need.
I read this book in two parts, and I'm glad I did. It gave me the chance to absorb the feelings of loss, confusion, fear, emptiness and sudden change. It reminded me of how precious each moment is. In the second half, I found myself rejoicing in the healing and the eventual footfalls of new paws, new friends, and a renewed spirit of animal advocacy.
An inspirational, honest, and boundless telling of a story certain to touch you for a long time.
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By A Customer on January 6, 2004
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First some background--A few years ago some stray and ferel cats started adopting me. Due to the life they led they all came with major medical problems (FIV, FeLk, FIP, kidney failure and more). I loved them all, I cared for them all through very long, painful, illnesses. I had to make agonizing choices, put them through painful proceedures, watch them suffer, and watch them all die. I loss 6 in the course of one year. And others before and after that year. That's why I bought this book.
I don't want to discount the author's grief over the loss of his pets, which I can wholeheartedly understand and commiserate with, but his "journey" is so unlike anything that any other pet owner on the face of the earth is ever likely to go through, and he was so blind to the gifts that he received that the rest of will never even come close to, that I found myself incensed at his bad attitude and behavior. I could not in any way relate to this mans "journey."
His animals died quietly in their sleep. He didn't have to live with long terminal illnesses, painful treatments, or horrible decisions. I don't want any of my pets to die, but as they have to, I would pray to have them pass as his did rather than suffer through illness. But was he even remotely grateful for such a quick and painless passing? No.
He was a public figure so hundreds (no joke!)of people offered their sympathy and support to him. But there were two people who did not...and he was so angred by these two people that he felt it necessary to write about them, by name, in this book. A whole whopping two people were insensitive to his ordeal and this so enraged him that he felt it necessary to lash out at them? Poor baby.
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"Three Cats, Two Dogs" by David Congalton is an important contribution to a new genre of books on pet loss. The author has stepped forth with a deeply moving account of life and death, in his family of many beloved pets. Although most of us do not have multiple companion animals, this book offers us a new awareness and perception. Until now, it has been too easy to pass off anyone with many pets as some sort of benign eccentric. Indeed, there are many pet lovers who do not appreciate what this is really like.
David Congalton came home one evening, to find his house in flames, and his five beloved pets dead from smoke inhalation. Most of us know the grief than a single such loss can create, but this was an experience in multiple horror and bereavement, which we can only imagine.
These pages honor a loving home life with these pets. Each one was a distinct member of the Congalton family, and through the author's skill we are able to begin to understand what this must have been like for him. When understanding is added to empathy, we have a breakthrough in appreciation.
There are many new books coming out on pet loss and bereavement, but this one is different. The author's experience and poignant presentation is reminiscent of the fabled Phoenix, rising from its own ashes. We discover how the tragedy expressed here is overwhelming, but endurable. And through this we also can learn so much about ourselves. The monumental message given is that we all can survive terrible loss, without allowing ourselves to be destroyed.
After finishing these pages each reader will be left with a keener love and appreciation for all his/her pets - past, present and future. And because of them, we can become better people, as well.
We recommend this book, and are confident that this will be a positive reading experience, as well as an appreciated addition to any pet lover's library.
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