Jun 22, 2014

Paw Prints in my Heart

Paw Prints in my Heart
by Andrew Hessel

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Old Dog Publishing
Pub Date: June 2014
Genre: Real, Non-fiction, Dogs, Love
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
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Here's to great dogs. Many of us would like to believe there's a special place in doggie heaven for the really great ones. I know I want to. No question they've earned it, deserve it, and it seems only fair. I know there are a great many great dogs out there, working their magic, living their lives with their families and saying it all without ever saying a word. 

For dog lovers, our precious memories of those "non-conversations" with dearly-departed four-legged friends lend silence a deafening quality. I explained to a friend that Paw Prints is a book about great dogs, not just my dog, although Mac was truly some great dog. And as I've said many times, he was certainly the dog of my life, and his friendship enriched and changed not just my life, but the lives of everyone in our family. While the book is my attempt to capture Mac's remarkably and improbably wonderful story before it fades to past, it's also in many ways my story, too. Because Mackie and I were happily and deliriously, joined-at-the-paw. Amazing, I think, that I could learn so much from a guy that never said a word. 
Paw Prints in My Heart is Mac's story. I think of it as my gift to our family and all of his friends, two and four-legged, that had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and being loved by this magnificent old Labrador retriever. It's my best attempt to capture and chronicle a remarkable life, the pain and sadness of his passing, but most of all, his joyful impact upon us over what truly was a most improbable life of fourteen years and a day. A reverent and grateful tribute to a gentle and pure spirit that for me will always be a living reminder of a loving friend in the very truest sense. In every way, for me this book was a labor of love and joy to write. Parts will make you laugh, and others may bring you to tears, so a tissue at times may be advised. But I have the highest hopes that you'll read it, enjoy it, and connect in ways that only you can understand. Maybe even share it with friends that might understand and pass it along, as a comfort for a true friend they've lost, and for what they've experienced, and a way for them to remember the laughter and happy times through their tears. I hope that dog lovers everywhere read this book and see a bit of their dog in Mac. I hope that the non-dog lovers among us read this book and reconsider. I hope that everyone has at least one dog of their life in their life. My first novel Rush to Dawn, was, in many ways a love letter to my wife, Lynne. This book, I'd like to believe, is a love letter from Mac to all of us.

My Review: I really loved this book! Writing about this book is hard for me. I'm not sure what I can tell you unless you read the book yourself. Mac's journey is wonderful and brought tears and hope and joy. He taught lessons and was truly an amazing dog to know. 

Since day one, I grew up with dogs and could never see a life without them. Each dog brings us so much love and I always do my best to give them all they deserve. I remember my Rottweiler, Princess. She was my first dog and she gave me nothing but love. She would protect me at all times, if she ever saw a person raise a hand she would be on that person in a heart beat. I still miss her till this day, and I'll still remember her even though I have new dogs in my life that I spoil like crazy. 

So as I read this book I could feel the love Mac gave to Andrew and his family and I could tell they all loved Mac just as much. I'm so happy I got to read this book and get insight. It's not always easy to write or talk about things like this, but I'm glad I got the chance and its very relateable to anyone who loves an animal and has been through a journey with them and then sadly having to learn to move on. 

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