When I was recently asked to recommend a favorite children's book, this wonderful book immediately came to mind. And, like the best children's books it can be appreciated by adults too. The Newberry Medal winner, Dog Heaven, written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant, has been a staple in our home to comfort my children (and me) when we have lost a pet. It paints a wonderful picture of what heaven is like for dogs, with whimsical drawings of cat and squirrel shaped biscuits, fields to run in and puffy clouds to sleep on. Where every angel who passes by, has a biscuit to share. It also promises our pets will be there to greet us again someday.
I have shared this book with many friends, when their pets have died and is always my gift to them to help their family with this kind of sudden loss. Losing a pet is hard, but it is especially hard for children to understand - this book gives back some of their joy.
We have owned three dogs in the thirty years we have been married - top left, our Golden Retriever, JoJo, top right, our Cocker Spaniel, Casey and bottom, our current dog, a Cockapoo, Cooper. All wonderful additions to our family.
Have a great weekend!