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Reading for Healing the Broken Heart

Losing a beloved pet is never easy. Members frequently offer comfort for those who have said goodbye to their dogs in the Coping With Loss discussion forum, and there are various memorial items in the Tripawds Gifts blog to help honor lost loved ones. But sometimes it helps heal the broken heart to just curl up with a heartwarming book.

If you’re facing the loss of a furry friend, or know someone who is, consider these compassionate books. Descriptions courtesy of Amazon.

The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog

by Eugene O’Neill

In the early 1940s, famed playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote a moving piece of prose about his dog, Silverdene Emblem O’Neill (Blemie). In The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog, O’Neill eloquently and compassionately articulates what all dog owners feel as their pet nears the of its life. O’Neill’s elegy has been lovingly restored to print and is beautifully illustrated by the award-winning quilt maker Adrienne Yorinks. Yorinks complements the text using twenty-five machine-pieced and hand-stitched quilts with color photographic transfers of dogs. The Last Will says everything that needs to be said to someone you love who is losing or has lost a beloved canine friend.

Angel Pawprints: Reflections On Loving and Losing a Canine Companion

by Laurel E. Hunt

This poignant and elegantly designed collection of stories and verse provides comfort and healing for anyone experiencing the grief of losing a dog. An essential resource for veterinarians, bereavement counselors, pet loss support groups, and, of course, pet owners themselves, Angel Pawprints is a heartwarming book for anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog.

Help Kids Cope With Pet Loss

I’ll Always Love You

by Hans Wilhelm

(Pre-school through Grade 2) In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. When she is young, Elfie is full of pep and pranks; but as her master grows taller and taller, Elfie grows fatter and slower. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her, and the boy refuses a new puppy. He is not yet ready for another pet; but when he is, he will tell that one, as he told Elsie every night: I’ll always love you. The watercolor illustrations, tender and warm in color and mood and cozily rounded in form, suit the simple text perfectly. Elsie’s gradual change from a lively mischief-maker to a portly old dog is treated with a sweet humor.

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