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When a Pet Dies Paperback – April 13, 1998
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About the Author
He has received virtually every major award in the television industry for work in his field, and dozens of others from special-interest groups.
Fred Rogers lives in Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
"This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service. Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her. You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith
and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I
told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope.Read more ›
Carol E. Watkins, M.D.
As a near 75 year old man, I bought the book to see how Mr Rogers handled this subject and he did extremely well. I can remember some of the pets that I have had over the years and even the ones that i knew and had 65 years ago still have a place in my being.
"When a pet dies, we can grow to know that the love we shred is still alive in us and always will be.", is the concluding sentence of the book and is a great one because it is always true.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 5yo and 9yo were crushed by the loss of our golden retriever last week, and I struggled with words myself. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Rich
Mr. Rogers always knows just what to say. This was very helpful for our child.Published 24 days ago by Krystal
I read this in preparation for needing it for my daughter. I know it will be just what we need during a hard time.Published 1 month ago by Susanna Fraass
Just what I needed to give my niece after the loss of her dog.Published 4 months ago by KitKat's mama
Outdated pictures, and a little too real for younger children. I don't feel it's suitable for my 3 year old, but it does a good job of matter of factly explaining death, so it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hoppe
My 7 yo grandson was able to talk about his sadness of his kitty dying, more after reading this book with GrandmaPublished 4 months ago by EDITH B WELCH
Mr Rogers always knows what to say, this book is a must for any family that is going through the loss of a pet.Published 5 months ago by just mum