Spanky, Molly

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. My husband gave it to me for Christmas on the recommendation of a friend that heard about it on the radio.


I too had to put my beloved dog Spanky a Cocker Spaniel to sleep this past July. She had a brain tumor and had gone completely blind and was full fo fluid. We took her to a specialist in Feb. but there was nothing really they could do. We tried medicine that gave her some relief, but in the end I had to justify her quality of life. I have had a dog of some kind since I was two years old, but have never had to make the diecision to put one to sleep. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I have loved all of my dogs and they become part of the family, but Spanky had gotten me through some pretty tough times. She helped me get through my mother’s battle with cancer and her death, she was there for me when my daughters both went off to college. One of my favorite sayings by Roger Caras is “dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”.


In Oct. I got a new Cocker, her name is Molly it has helped with the emptyness I felt when I lost Spanky, but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her as well as both of my parents that I have lost. I will always have a dog. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the book, it was so me, I felt like it was mine and Spanky’s story when I was reading, right down to when you were saying you didn’t want to play God, because I kept saying that to my husband through the months before we had to put her down. Thank you for sharing your story.


Julie from IA, a dog lover.