NEWS JUST IN!
We’re strutting about and wagging our tails because we’ve just learned that
I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED is a Silver Medalist
in the 2017 Ben Franklin Awards for excellence in publishing given annually by the Independent Book Publishers Association
Have a biscuit (virtual, no crumbs in your computer) on us!
Here is a story that will forever change how you feel about the loss of an animal companion in your life.
I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED: Imaginings for Those Who Have Lost a Pet follows a youngster’s journey through sorrow after the child watches helplessly as a car strikes the family dog.
Unable to find solace with the grieving family, the child finds consolation in chats with a caring neighbor. Together they explore the mystery of “why” things happen in the context of a Big Play. Digging deep into personal experiences of loss and imagining life as a Big Play, the neighbor offers perspectives on death and animal souls and the roles animals play in our lives to help the youngster work through blame and anger. Together, the pair processes the wrenching emotions of deep loss. As the child gradually shifts from anger to acceptance, the story reaches a surprising conclusion that neither neighbor imagined.
I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED: Imaginings for Those Who Have Lost a Pet harnesses the power of parable to guide its readers out of the pain of a relationship loss. Read it and weep…for joy!
“An inspiring and charming story filled with healing and spiritual wisdom. I highly recommend this helpful book for anyone who is recovering from a loss.”
Trudy Griswold, Author of Angelspeake
“There are bereavement storybooks for young children and…detailed books for grieving adults, but not many books for people between. The Imaginings in this book…help fill the gap and soothe heartache in a way not previously written about.”
Dr. Karen Shaw Becker, DVM
Feel just a little bit better after losing a pet
The imaginings in I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED are comfort food to soothe the souls of:
- Anyone feeling the fresh pain of a recent pet loss.
- A friend struggling with “did I make the right decision?”
- Young adults struggling with a pet’s death.
- Parents struggling to explain a pet’s passing to small children.
- Those still grieving a long past pet’s loss.
- For anyone ages 9 to 99 who has ever loved and lost a dog.
Loss is a universal human experience. Author Bonnie Kreitler allows readers to personalize the story by imagining details about the child, the neighbor, and the dog in light of the people and animals they know. Each reader can imagine the characters in ways that customize the book to mirror their own experiences of loss.
“Grief for a beloved pet is just as significant as the loss of any dear friend….Here indeed is a great treasure to help you through the difficult days after the death of a close animal friend.”
Dr. C. Norman Shealy
Holistic Pain and Depression Specialist
Magical Zentangle-style drawings by artist Carole Ohl illuminate the souls of 12 real life dogs who touched their owners’ lives with unconditional love.
Read their true life stories on the Rambling Dog blog and be inspired.
“This book presents a unique approach to the death of a pet (or anyone else) from a strong cognitive perspective which balances emotions at the same time. Using this process to look at death from a very active and specific frame of reference promotes the transformation of strong and heavy emotions into sweet, warm, uplifting and loving memories in a moment’s time….this is a very valuable resource for all those who grieve deeply… which may very well be all of us.”
Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma Debriefer
Like so many, Bonnie Kreitler has struggled with the pain of losses as part of life. A parable about grief, I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED: Imaginings for Those Who Have Lost a Pet is the result of this award-winning author and journalist’s search to make sense of it all and her fiction debut after three decades of non-fiction writing about animals.
“I Hear Your Dog Died is a beautifully crafted, multi-dimensional exploration of the concept of death to help children understand and process loss – and life! Kreitler delivers her healing messages in a unique and creative way, always reminding us that at the heart of everything is love.”
Professional Development Coach/Consultant
“Bonnie’s story guides the reader gently, lovingly and imaginatively along a path that starts to heal the feelings of sorrow and loss that occur when a beloved pet dies. She also addresses more complicated emotions like confusion, guilt, and anger which, once resolved, allow those grieving to truly move on. I love the artwork and one’s ability to add color to the work as an additional piece of the healing. A great book for children as well as adults! “
EqTPM, CST Equine Muscle Therapist
Curious about the dogs illustrated in
I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED: Imaginings for Those Who Have Lost a Pet?
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Magical Zentangle®-style drawings by graphic artist and teacher Carole Ohl illuminate the souls of 12 real dogs who touched their owners’ lives with unconditional love.
Now read their true life stories and imagine them your way in the soon to be released I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED: Story & Coloring Book. All of them were real dogs who touched each of their owners’ hearts in significant ways. Read their real life stories then grab your favorite pencils and color their full-page pictures in a 36-page, 8-1/2” x 11” softcover keepsake album. Imagine them whimsically in kaleidoscope hues or colorize them a bit more realistically following their breed and coat color descriptions in the book. Make each one your own.
Then as a BONUS, learn from Carole Ohl how she created these beautiful illustrations and how you can learn to create a tangle or two of your own pet.
You’ll learn about:
- Hughes – the loyal Irish immigrant
- Spatchy—the Corgi who lived up to his name
- Tory—eternal optimist and the real life Rambling Dog
- Tinker—the blind dog who always found her way
- Remy—the gentle soul who could calm a room just by walking in
- Sadie—born to search and rescue…and she did
- Emma—the dog who anchored love in her family
- Shaba—the rescue who taught how to relish life’s every moment
- Lady—the foundling who came in on a cold winter’s night and stayed to warm hearts
- Chelsea—the gentle herder
- Keesha—empress of all she surveyed
- Lily—the pug with a manifesto who started a movement.
SIGN UP for our newsletter…be the first to hear when the I HEARD YOUR DOG DIED: Story & Coloring Book is available in 2017. When it’s almost ready to roll off the presses, you’ll get a special pre-publication savings offer! AND a sample coloring page to enjoy until your book arrives! Learn from Carole Ohl how she created these beautiful illustrations and how you can learn to draw a tangle or two of your own pet. We promise to behave (never paw or pester), not to bark too much, and to bury your information where nobody can find it.