Stuff that’s not in the new book



If you’re a follower of this column then you know I wrote a children’s book about losing a pet and overcoming the grief. For those who don’t know the backstory I lost my puppy and writing about it helped me. When the story was finished I wanted to help others, especially children, so I found a publisher to help me bring it to life. The book goes on pre-sale this week and you can find it at the Troy Book Makers website or my Facebook page if you have any interest. As I’ve said before the goal was not to make money but make a difference so for every book sold a dollar will be donated to a local animal shelter. With that out of the way I’d like to share a few things that are not in the book.

The day my Samuel died was one of the worst days of my life. Having to call my wife and tell her he was gone was heart wrenching. Just thinking of that moment right now, many months removed, brings back a dull ache in my heart. What I didn’t know that day was within hours of telling the people on my Facebook page he was gone a woman in Virginia named Shanna was already trying to help me. She had followed my page for a while, enjoyed watching Samuel grow, and was heartbroken to hear he died. That evening she went through my Facebook page and looked at every photo I had ever posted of Samuel and chose one to paint. Shanna is a fabulous artist and she thought if she created a portrait of my puppy and sent it to me it might ease my broken heart.

After I had written the children’s book I realized I needed an illustrator. A couple of people had reached out to me offering help but they all charged large amounts of money for their work. I don’t blame them, who wants to work for free? Just when I thought the book wouldn’t happen for lack of an illustrator Shanna sent me an email introducing herself with the now completed portrait of Samuel. The moment I saw it I said out loud, “This is the cover of my book.” What…

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