“Truly heartwarming and inspirational! Dogs Still Know Best is a story of love, loss, the long road to healing, and the anti-fragility of the human spirit”
A must-read for dog lovers and anyone who has loved – and lost – a beloved dog! In this touching sequel to Dogs Know Best: Two Dogs’ Training Guide For Humans, follow one woman’s very personal account of how two German Shorthaired Pointers sparked her spiritual journey, one that allowed her to open her heart, open her mind and in the process, receive amazing gifts, the biggest one of all being her new love, a sweet little Pointer puppy named Minnie. Along the way, there has been a lot of grief, a lot of learning and an infinite amount of love.
The result is a dramatic shift in perspective about life, grief and embracing a new way of thinking. And with all three of her beloved Pointers by her side, every step of the journey is filled with love and support. In fact, there’s a whole cheering section along for the ride!
On the other side, love is everything.
An award-winning finalist at the 2019 International Book Awards (Animals/Pets – Narrative, Animals/Pets – General).
Targeted Age Group:: 25+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
In 2016, I lost my two beloved dogs just three months apart. I was devastated. Their loss started me on a spiritual journey, and with their help and guidance I was able to work through my grief and learn more about myself and the path I was meant to take. Writing was my way to cope, and it's my hope that my journey helps others who are experiencing the pain of a deep loss.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In 2015 I wrote Dog Know Best: Two Dogs’ Training Guide for Humans as a love letter, a thank you for the wonderful life lessons my two dogs taught me. It was a simple little book in which I chronicled the things I learned from my two beloved German Shorthaired Pointer siblings, Bimmer (a sweet, laid back boy) and Bertram (his girlie, feisty sister). It was a way to remind me and others of the simple things we can do in our everyday lives that will make us happier. I shared the emotional story of our first meeting, coming home together and how they quickly claimed their place in the hearts of me and my husband, Tom. I had a lot of stories to share and lessons learned from our journey together, and in sharing them, hoped that others would learn to appreciate the many things around us for which to be thankful every single day.
Sadly and suddenly at the end of an already-crappy 2016, I lost both of them, just three months and two days apart: Bertram on September 26 and Bimmer on December 28. You can’t imagine how grateful I am to have written the book while they were by my side and I could celebrate its success with them; I wrote it for me and for them, but along the way it struck a chord with devoted dog parents around the world.
Little did I know their lessons would continue long after they were gone. But they did and still do. As a result, I embarked on a new journey to do everything I could to open the communication lines with my silly, wise Spirit Angels and learn how to recognize every sign and message they give, me. I do everything I can to live the lessons they came into my life to teach me. And believe me, there are a lot! I also knew they would play a big role in finding the next fuzzball who would come into my life and heart, guiding him or her and me, and helping us navigate our new life together. I knew they would have advice and wisdom to share with both of us, and they haven’t let me down yet. Hopefully after reading my story, you’ll look at your own dogs a little differently, and be able to recognize any signs that your beloved, departed fur babies are sharing with you.
But let me start at the beginning and catch you up on what’s been happening since Dogs Know Best.
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