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An illustrated version of "Yesterday was Weird..." Benny's viral post about his own death, and the love that conquered it.
An illustrated version of "Yesterday was Weird..." Benny's viral post about his own death, and the love that conquered it.
An illustrated version of "Yesterday was Weird..." Benny's viral post about his own death, and the love that conquered it.
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Don't worry buddy. I gotcha.
Don't worry buddy. I gotcha.

On January 28th, 2016, at 9:30 am Central Time in the U.S., I had to help Benny let go of his struggles and pain. As you know, I wrote Yesterday Was Weird in an attempt to cope with my grief and to explain what had happened to all of the people who loved that sweet little guy as much as I did. 

The post exploded, and suddenly Benny was everywhere. You all jumped in with me to make the post into a storybook nine months ago, and after many hurdles and slow going... while today will be sad for me, it also marks a milestone: the book is nearly finished!!!

Lucas is working on the last 4 images, including the cover. Alisa and her team at Well-Done Design (http://well-donedesign.com) are doing the layout, typesetting, and getting everything ready for printing.

Most importantly... I've set up the surveys for you to give me your most current information! There's a service called BackerKit which helps me work around the Kickstarter problem of only allowing one survey to be sent. Backerkit allows you to update your orders, your addresses, and any other information right up until the day we lock everything down for shipping!

Check it out. It *should* be ready to go *right now*!
https://yesterday-was-weird-the-death-and-life-of-a-dog-na.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

If you have any trouble, please let me know immediately.

Thanks again for all your patience! I'm letting other people pre-order copies of the book if they missed the Kickstarter, but your names will hold a place of honor in the printed book as Benny's Better Angels – the first to support and the most kind and patient group I've known in my life.

Thank you so much!

 

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    1. Adi K Khalsa on January 28, 2017

      I thought we were supposed to comment about the second survey. Sorry. Of course I cannot wait for the book and I am so excited that it is almost done. I purchased and extra copy so I can share it. Thank you for doing this project!

    2. Adi K Khalsa on January 28, 2017

      The link will not load but all of my information is the same from the first survey.

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      JoEllyn Potter on January 28, 2017

      I clicked on the link but couldn't find the survey....

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      Mary on January 28, 2017

      Hi John and team - so happy for all you that this project is nearly finished. Benny's story, though heartbreaking, was a huge comfort to me after the loss of our cherished Doberman on February 17, 2016. Now we have a new Dobe to love and cherish but there will always be the one that tugs at your heartstrings like your Benny and our Gracie. Than you for giving this gift of comfort and hope to so many. Looking forward to seeing the book in print!

    5. Judy Eisner Witt on January 28, 2017

      I went to the link but couldn't find the survey

    6. Sirena Rene Luna on January 27, 2017

      So touching. Glad you shared your story with the world. It helped me through my grieving process. I lost my boy a week after Benny. Will always hold a special place in my heart for our beloved boxers. Can't wait to recieve. Our deepest condolences are with you I know it is still difficult it feels like yesterday. Hugs to you John

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      Marilyn McCulloch on January 27, 2017

      HI John,
      I love Benny & hadn't even met him. You are responsible for spreading the life of precious Benny & organizing ( what I've named) Benny's Army of Love.
      You have touched my heart with your love of Benny.
      I'm looking forward to receiving the 3 books I ordered.
      Peace & light.
      Marilyn McCulloch

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      Marilyn McCulloch on January 27, 2017

      HI John,
      I love Benny & hadn't even met him. You are responsible for spreading the life of precious Benny & organizing ( what I've named) Benny's Army of Love.
      You have touched my heart with your love of Benny.
      I'm looking forward to receiving the 3 books I ordered.
      Peace & light.
      Marilyn McCulloch

    9. Robin Brandon on January 27, 2017

      Benny's been on my mind the closer it got to the end of January. I don't think I've ever been so touched, so affected, by anything like I was with "yesterday was weird". You wrote from the heart, John. Your pain and your love for Benny was so raw and so real. Thousands of people felt your hurt, and became "acquainted" with Benny. It's because of you that so many, including me, feel as if we knew Benny, and felt your loss.
      Yes, it's been a long and sometimes frustrating wait for the finished product, but it'll be worth the wait. I just feel so lucky that the miracle of the internet allowed me to grieve with you, and to forever be in love with Benny. ���

    10. Robin Brandon on January 27, 2017

      Benny's been on my mind the closer it got to the end of January. I don't think I've ever been so touched, so affected, by anything like I was with "yesterday was weird". You wrote from the heart, John. Your pain and your love for Benny was so raw and so real. Thousands of people felt your hurt, and became "acquainted" with Benny. It's because of you that so many, including me, feel as if we knew Benny, and felt your loss.
      Yes, it's been a long and sometimes frustrating wait for the finished product, but it'll be worth the wait. I just feel so lucky that the miracle of the internet allowed me to grieve with you, and to forever be in love with Benny. ���