This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy, the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages, and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in the back of the book.
“This sweet and meaningful book is sure to support the whole family. The author has taken care to capture what it’s like for a child to lose a friend and impart a message of hope.”
—Kathleen Cooney, Veterinarian and end of life specialist
“Dear Brave Friend is a beautiful way to talk with children about pet loss. The story line and illustrations are powerful tools that give a child’s heart permission to know that they might feel a certain way, and it’s perfectly acceptable. Coupled with the practical workbook at the end, this book has it all—not only for children and parents, but for all ages! This is a “highly recommend” read for every pet lover!”
—Coleen A. Ellis, Pet Loss Pioneer Two Hearts Pet Loss Center
2020 Winner of the International Next Generation Indie Book Award