This book has brought me so much comfort. I lost my 12 1/2 year old Yellow Labrador in January 2002. He had a long wonderful life, but his absence has been extremely painful. I found this book about a week after his death and still read it every morning. This book gave me the freedom to know it's ok to feel so sad and to take the time to heal. Thank you for this great gift of comfort Martha Hickman. I lost my precious child too.