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
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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