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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"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 will find this book refreshing in its honest depiction of grief over pet loss."--Kirkus
"(A) must-read while your pet is vibrant and healthy...the perfect guidebook for both preparing for and coping with that eventual loss most painfully approach with trepidation."--Seattle Kennel Club
Praise for Jon Katz
“With wisdom and grace, Katz unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal.”—John Grogan, author ofMarley & Me
“Katz’s world—of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit—is a place you’re glad you’ve been.”—The Boston Globe
“From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But no one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz.”—San Antonio Express-News
“Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“I toss a lifetime award of three liver snaps to Jon Katz.”—Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio’sFresh ...