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"Heart Dog —  Angel in Disguise" is the completed version of the photographic memoir that was self-published in 2014.
"Heart Dog—Angel in Disguise" is the completed version of the photographic memoir that was self-published in 2014.
"Heart Dog—Angel in Disguise" is the completed version of the photographic memoir that was self-published in 2014.
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My original photographic memoir, Heart Dog, was written in 2014. This updated version begins with meeting my timid Border Collie, Jazzy, and is a continuation of our lives, taking the reader further into our very personal story from where the last book left off. 

The book details Jazzy's growth into a confident search and rescue dog, therapy dog, and mentor for fosters. In later years, she rescued me from the depression of a painful life event. The day she led me out of that dark hole when I grabbed the car keys and my old Nikon, our photographic journey began. With Jazzy and Cooper, my other retired search and rescue dog, we chased my quirky ideas and my dogs' innate humor through the art they so readily inspire in me.

 

 

Pondering pond series
Pondering pond series

Since I published the first book over two years ago, so much more has happened. I found happiness, only to have my world turned upside down a few months later when I was diagnosed with cancer. Then, six months after I completed my treatment, I received the devastating news that Jazzy had the same diagnosis — cancer. 

Knowing what her diagnosis meant, instead of counting down her last days with me, I decided to start counting up each day that I was blessed to have her. The updated Heart Dog captures as best I can these events—how we fought for life, loved, and lived as if each day was the last. 

 

If you are kind enough to help me make this project happen by pledging, you will receive a signed book. This campaign will benefit Border Collie Rescue and Rehab. Thank you for your support and for making it possible for my heart dog to live forever in this book.

 Draft quotes from the book

"...And I know I have my 'Heart Dog'— that once, or twice if you are very, very lucky, in a lifetime soul dog. It is almost cruel to be given such a gift, only for it to be taken away in such short years."

“When an old gentleman wanted to pet her from his hospital bed, but couldn’t move his hand, she hopped onto a stool, put her chin on the bed and placed her muzzle under his palm so that he could feel her soft fur. The man shut his eyes to embrace the connection. He and many of the residents told me how much they missed their dogs and told stories about their beloved and absent companions.”

“The only way for me to cope with this harsh reality is to think of dogs as angels; we are only borrowing them for a short amount of time. Each angel teaches us life lessons: patience, forgiveness, appreciation for the simple things in life. They also show us how to live in the moment, and help us heal from life's inevitable pain.…“ 

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I don't have a set date for the release as I am still writing the book. I hope to finish it this fall. Thank you for your patience.

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