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Three Cats, Two Dogs: One Journey Through Multiple Pet Loss Paperback – April 13, 2000
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heh. I'm in the middle of this right now. And it's heart breaking. I have 5 cats and 1 dog, and I cannot fathom losing them all in one swoop - it nearly kills me to lose them one... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
After reading David's book about losing his 5 pets in one tragic night, I looked down into the faces of our 3 rescue dogs, with tears in my eyes, and catch a glimpse of curiosity... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Pamela Barrett
This was a hard book for me to read and I had to put it aside for over a week after reading the part where they lost all their pets in a fire. Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by Jeannie Howard
I was first skeptical of reading this novel. I'm 18 so, I don't enjoy much non-fiction. In fact I can say in the total sum of about 375 books I have read in my years of reading,... Read morePublished on November 23, 2009 by Adi
Mr. Conglaton took a heartbreaking event and turned it into a joyous remembrance. His skillful writing enables the reader to acquaint themselves with his pets. Read morePublished on February 15, 2005 by P. Layton
Just finished another interesting paperback book I bought thru Amazon.com titled
Three Cats and Two Dogs--One Journey Through Multiple Pet Loss by David Congalton. Read more
Having suffered pet loss in two different forms, ( as a result of death and as a result of a divorce) I could empathise and sympathise with David and Charlotte on losing not just... Read morePublished on May 28, 2002 by Cheryl Elvin
This book tells me it is okay to grieve and it does it very well. The problem is I already knew it was okay to grieve because I was grieving - terribly. Read morePublished on November 26, 2001 by Mae
In the last year, my wife and I have lost our dog and cat, both to old age. We were devastated and I'm surprised by how deep our grief went. Read morePublished on August 15, 2001