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Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die

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Praise forGoing Home    "For the country’s 77.5 million dog owners and 93.6 million cat owners, this account of the essential grieving process should be extremely helpful."--Library Journal    "(R)eaders … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Pets, Dogs, Jon Katz
Author: Jon Katz
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Villard
Date Published: 2011
1 review about Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die

Nothing New Here for Pet Owners

  • Jan 20, 2012
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I hate to give a negative review to such a well-intentioned book but I must. 

There are two underlying themes to the book, which are certainly good ones.  The first is that for most pet owners, putting a dog down, for whatever reason, is a hard, cruel choice that often has to be made.  And the guilt that accompanies that decision can be emotionally crippling.  Katz encourages one not to feel guilty over a well-informed, reasonable decision to take this action.  And second, one should not feel ashamed about the grief that accompanies the death of a beloved pet.  Non-pet owners may not understand how one could grieve over a dog.  Who cares?  I don’t.

The problem I have with the book is that I already know this.  I don’t feel the book really provides a lot of good coping mechanisms for the grief after a pet dies.  There simply, for me, was nothing new here.

And the afterward by Debra Katz is pure, utter, psychobabble garbage.  I laughed at how ridiculous the afterward was.

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January 20, 2012
What a shame...I'd feel bad for someone that would turn to this book for some coping wisdom and the fact that they'd only find what they already knew. Great write-up and thanks for the heads up!
January 20, 2012
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