The Book of Pet Love and Loss: Words of Comfort and Wisdom from Remarkable People

S. & S. Jun. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9781982134310. $22. PETS
In the introduction to this poignant book about pet love and loss, editor, researcher and Quotenik.com founder Bader tells readers that the journey of collecting these quotes from various cultural icons began when she lost her beloved cat Snowflake. Trying to soothe her intense sorrow, she began searching for quotes from her favorite literary voices but could not find more than a few. She decided that this compilation needed to exist and continued researching. What follows is a series of quotes and short essays about the joy and pain of loving and losing a pet, broken into chapters with titles such as “Their Time Must Come” and “The Final Gift.” This is an enjoyable compilation of quotes that range from the familiar to the obscure, and while not a requirement, some that have recently lost a pet will find it to be a therapeutic and comforting read.
VERDICT This book will appeal to those searching for quotes regarding pet loss as well as stories about familiar personalities and their beloved pets. A worthy addition to libraries that see steady circulation of nonfiction that tugs at the heartstrings.
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