The Forever Dog helps children cope with the loss of a pet

Author shares childhood story of the loss of his pet dog

Based on a true story, author Bill Cochran of Dallas, Texas, was inspired to write The Forever Dog after the loss of his much-loved golden retriever, Mo.

Mike and Corky are best friends. They do everything together. They even make a plan to be together forever. It’s their “Forever Plan,” and it works very well, until one day when Mike comes home from school and Corky isn’t there. Tragically, Corky dies very suddenly. Mike is upset and broken-hearted. With the help of his mother, he comes to realize and accept the “Forever Plan” will have to work in a different way.

The Forever Dog lets the memory of Mike’s dog go, “all the way into his heart.” The story will touch your heart and allow you to go through all the wonderful emotions of owning and loving a dog. You will experience the exuberance and exhilaration of love, the sadness and anger of loss, finally the subdued happiness and understanding that comes with peaceful acceptance of the inevitable.

Deftly written with loving, humorous details, the story of how Mike comes to accept Corky’s death celebrates the joys of owning a pet and will be a heartfelt guide for anyone who is coping with the loss of a loved pet. Dan Andreasen’s soft illustrations capture the touching love and passion of the heartwarming relationship between a boy and his dog.

The Forever Dog (ISBN 10: 0-06053939-9), by Bill Cochran with illustrations by Dan Andreasen, lists for $15.99, is 32 pages in hardcover through HarperCollins Children’s Books, and is available at bookstores nationwide and online.

from the May 2-8, 2007, issue

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