It’s time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.
Today’s topic is: Books that would make great gifts
I know this is probably geared toward books you could get someone for the upcoming holiday, but there’s a book that’s going to be released next month that I plan on getting for all my pet parents any time they lose a pet. I’ve had the pleasure of reading this book ahead of time and I sobbed my way through, and loved pretty much every moment. I lost the dog of my heart nearly five years ago, and I swear my heart is just as broken today as it was when it happened. And the fact that I still mourn her loss, deeply, always feels a little disingenuous … I mean, she was a dog. I shouldn’t have felt her loss THIS much, right? She wasn’t a human, wasn’t my mother or my child or my husband. What right do I have to miss her this deeply?
This is her, by the way. The truly amazing Dakota:
I honestly died a little when she passed, very unexpectedly at a relatively young age from an aneurysm. One moment, she was perfectly fine and healthy, the next she was gone. In a matter of just a few hours we lost her and I lost a bit of myself. I’ve loved all my critters, but sometimes there is an extra special one, one you’ll never quite stop looking for around each corner or reaching down to pet. My heart hurts a little every day, missing her. Small things remind me of her, and they’re in every room, along every road I walk, and sometimes in the things my current dogs do.
The book I’m talking about today honors that. For the first time, I felt as if I could mourn her honestly and without guilt or recrimination. It validated everything I felt, and everything I still feel for her. And I think it should be handed out by every veterinarian when a pet passes.
That book is Griffin’s Heart by Reagan Pasternak
It’s not available yet. Originally, I thought it would be available this month, but her site now indicates January 1, 2021. Whatever the date, I have a couple folks in mind who need this book. I’ve signed up on her website to be notified when it’s available. I’m getting myself a print copy, too (I read it in digital format, and since it’s also a journal, it really needs to be print).
If you have any pet parents who have suffered a loss, you might consider it as a gift for them. I know I will.
PS. I actually have a couple of Christmas themed short stories if you’re looking for some “happy”. They’re oldies but goodies (no cell phones included!).
Now That We’ve Found You (this was the first story I ever had published, and I still adore it)