What do you say to a child whose dog, their best friend, is fatally injured by a car as the youngster watches? Confronted with this dilemma, a caring neighbor reaches into distant memories to recall a story of life and death imagined as a Big Play. Together the pair explores questions about why bad things happen, feelings of blame and guilt, ghost dogs and animal souls. As anger shifts to acceptance, the youngster learns how to let go of hurt, honor the old dog, and imagine a future with a new pet. But neither neighbor imagines the surprising end of this journey through grief.
With magical zentangle-style dog illustrations by Carole Ohl, the story unfolds through dialogue alone. Author Bonnie Kreitler leaves the genders and descriptive details of the child and the adult to her readers’ imaginations, inviting them to participate in creating the storyline in ways that reflect their own experiences of living, loving, and dying.
About the author
Family lore holds that Bonnie Kreitler’s deep connection to animals began even before she started talking. When she learned to read and write, she began hand printing illustrated stories and has rarely been without pencil, pen or keyboard nearby since. She worked as a journalist and marketing consultant in the horse industry for over 25 years. Her book 50 Careers with Horses was a best seller in its niche. Learning to meditate led to studies of intuitive techniques and energy healing including animal communication and Reiki. She counts herself fortunate to enjoy a career that combines her love of animals with her writing skills. Bonnie is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Author's Guild, the Independent Book Publishers Association, American Horse Publications and the New England Book Publishers Association. I Heard Your Dog Died is her first fiction work.
Praise for I Heard Your Dog Died
“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
“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
“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...fill the gap and soothe heartache in a way not previously written about.” - Dr. Karen Shaw Becker, DVM