|Isn't that a beautiful cover?
"The death of any dog is hard. The death of a Heart Dog – a canine soul mate – is much, much worse … Even if you’ve experienced pet loss before, losing your canine soul mate is different. Typical grief advice isn’t nearly enough. Heart Dog answers all the big questions about canine soul mates, offers practical ideas for coping with each day’s dose of grief, and provides inspiration for finding your place in the world after such a profound loss. Others have survived the grief. You can too. Let Heart Dog be your guide."
|Roxanne & heart dog Lilly (photos courtesy of R. Hawn)
I was honored to have Roxanne send me an advance copy of the book to review.
Here's my review
When I lost my Heart Dog, luckily I had a few long-distance friends who knew what I was going through, and they were an immense help. If you’re experiencing the shock and devastation of losing your canine soul mate, and none of your friends and family seem to understand, Roxanne Hawn’s words in Heart Dog can be that long-distance friend that you need. Told from the vantage point of her own devastating grief, along with input from a survey of 500 others who’ve lost their heart dogs, the book helps you understand what to expect in the coming days, weeks, months and more as you slog through your grief and find your new normal. Heart Dog would make a great gift, for yourself or a loved one suffering the profound loss of a heart dog.
A Sad Topic, But Ending on a Happier Note...
We try to be all about the laughs and smiles here at Pooch Smooches. Heck, even when we started the blog and it was mostly about Abby's cancer journey, we still tried to always find the humor. (I mean, come on. Where else are you going to find a blog that names the dog's lung mets after Boris and Natasha?)
I wanted to share Roxanne's book with you, but I also wanted to end on a happier note, so I asked Roxanne if she could share the story of how their adorable puppy Clover came to live with them after the loss of Lilly.
Here's the story:
After Lilly died in December 2013, especially after such a long and troubling illness, the truth is that we were not planning on even thinking about adopting a new dog or puppy until spring 2015. Maybe even beyond that. Since we weren't sure how things might go with our elderly dog, Ginko, we even toyed with the idea of being completely without any dogs for a while so that we could travel without any worries. To be honest, that concept freaked me out. Other than a few years in college, I've always lived with at least one dog since I was born.
|Roxanne & Clover (photos courtesy of R. Hawn)
So when I happened to see the adoption profile and photos of Clover online in early September 2014, and I asked my husband if I could see about doing a long-distance adoption, you should have seen the look on his face. Priceless.
It wasn't easy to pull off a cross-country adoption (some 1600 miles between the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado), but fate and luck were on our side.
It took countless phone calls and emails to adopt Clover and bring her home to help soothe our grieving hearts. My husband said it sounded like I was planning a military-style "black" op.
I learned a lot from that experience. At the top of the list? The women of dog rescues will pull off miracles to get the right puppy to a broken-hearted girl.
Thanks, Roxanne, for sharing your story of Lilly's loss with everyone via this book. I know it had to be so hard to write, but I know it will help so many folks. And thank you for sharing the story of how Clover came to be part of your family. A new pup gives us something to smile about again, even while we still grieve for our lost furry family member.
What about you? Do you have (or have you had) a heart dog?