The death of any dog is hard. The death of a Heart Dog – a canine soul mate – is much, much worse …
Canine soul mates may happen just once in a lifetime. With such great love comes epic grief after your Heart Dog dies. Even if you’ve experienced pet loss before, life without your canine soul mate is much harder. Typical grief advice isn’t enough. Sometimes challenging traditional thinking about grief, 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. Strategies and insights come from the author and 500 people who participated in an online survey. Others have survived the grief. You can too. Let Heart Dog be your guide.
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Praise for Heart Dog !
“Honest, concise, and ultimately hopeful, veteran author and dog-lover Roxanne Hawn has transformed the deep pain of losing her canine soul mate Lilly into an empathetic guide that provides wisdom and comfort to any of us who have experienced the loss of a much beloved pet. Balancing her own story with those shared by her readers, Hawn walks the reader through the painful process of loss from the early stages of grief through the memorials that help us heal. So many people struggling with their feelings ask themselves, ‘Am I alone in feeling this way?’ and ‘Will I ever get better?’ Heart Dog will assure them, with candor and compassion, the answers -- in order -- are "No" and "Yes."
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, veterinarian and author of All Dogs Go to Kevin (Heart Dog, Emmett - July 21, 2009)
"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."
Jackie Bouchard, USA Today bestselling author of Rescue Me, Maybe (Heart Dog, Abby – January 10, 2012)
“Roxanne Hawn has the rare gift of melding emotion and logic in good writing. She offers the practical advice of dealing with the day-by-day, step-by-step acceptance of the loss of a heart dog. Never preachy, never judgmental, this book offers the reader tools and the space to deal with the emptiness of losing a best friend.”
Leland Dirks, author of Seven Dogs in Heaven
"A hopeful, encouraging read.
Heart Dog is like having your best friend put their arm around your shoulder and tell you everything’s going to be okay."
Peggy Frezon, author of Faithfully Yours (Paraclete Press, October 2015. (Heart Dog, Brooks -- April 6, 2013)
"Roxanne’s experience mirrored so many of my own emotions I felt after losing my Maltese, Angel, nearly 20 years ago. Having had multiple dogs throughout my life, I really hadn’t considered any of them a Heart Dog until remembering my grief over Angel. I wish I had this book then."
Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell, Author of Living Large in our Little House: Thriving in 480-Square Feet with Six Dogs, a Husband and One Remote (Heart Dog, Angel – April 28, 1996)
“Roxanne Hawn has written a poignant book that should appeal to anyone who has suffered significant loss in their life, in particular the death of their Heart Dog. Hawn relates her own experiences with severe grief, and personal struggles, following the death of her Heart Dog, Lilly. She offers the reader numerous valuable insights, along with thoughtful advice for understanding and trying to cope with such a momentous private hurt. As a veterinarian, I highly recommend this book to any member of the veterinary medical health care team, who would like to gain knowledge and understanding regarding the strong feelings and severe stresses, which their clients may undergo, following the loss of a beloved pet, specifically their Heart Dog.
Dr. Ted Cohn, veterinarian and American Veterinary Medical Association president 2014-15
“Heart Dog does an amazing job of capturing and exploring the personal, and often indescribable, feelings of grief and loss that come with the death of a treasured pet. This book is a great resource for anyone currently grieving the loss of their Heart Dog.”
Dr. Stacy D. Meola, veterinarian and board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care specialist (Heart Dog, Casey - December 24, 2009)
“Some dogs come into our lives for a reason. When that reason also brings heartbreak, the road ahead may seem impossible. Heart Dog gives you fresh ideas for working through your grief.”
Dr. Rainier Ko, veterinarian and board-certified veterinary neurologist / neurosurgeon / surgeon (Heart Dog, Belle – September 11, 1995)
“You might feel alone in your grieving over your Heart Dog, but you are not. Through the gift of this book, Roxanne Hawn will be by your side every step of the way. She gets it. She has been there, and she will skillfully guide and comfort you through your process. You will realize you belong to a community of people who have had that life-changing experience of living with, loving, and losing, a Heart Dog. You will be offered many helpful ideas for how to work with your grief and how to honor your Heart Dog's memory. Most importantly, in Roxanne you will find a friend, a wise and nurturing friend, who knows just how you feel.”
Leslie McDevitt, MLA CDBC CPDT-KA, author of Control Unleashed and Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program
"When my Luna died after a chronic illness, I was more than devastated. Even though I knew it was inevitable, the loss was overwhelming. I was lost without her. I turned to Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate, where I found comfort in learning ways to mitigate the depths of my grief. This insightful book enabled me to grieve in a more healthful way, getting through the mourning roadblocks that so engulfed me. I would recommend it to everyone going through a loss."
Hilary Lane, dog trainer - owner of Fang Shui Canines (Heart Dog, Luna - February 24, 2015)
"Roxanne Hawn's gentle, supportive, and practical advice is one of the only things getting me through the agonizing recent loss of my own Heart Dog. She has written from the depth of her soul to help others experiencing this terrible grief and her wisdom, coupled with the extensive survey she did of others in this situation, has helped me know I am not alone and that there is a path out of the darkness. I'm reading parts of this deeply insightful book over and over as a lifeline."
Brette Sember, author / blogger, BretteSember.com
"I have lost my brother and my Heart Dog, Jasmine, a month apart. I confess that the loss of Jasmine struck me harder. I have witnessed the love and bond Roxanne and her Heart Dog, Lilly shared. I saw their struggles and her pain after Lilly's passing. Roxanne's book offers a beacon of light in the darkness of the terrible grief; a fully loaded first-aid kit for Heart Dog loss survival."
Jana Rade, blogger / author Dawg Business: It's Your Dog's Health