Book Review: Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace


I am an animal person to say the least and I knew I would like  Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace as much as I like books like Cat’s Incredible!, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul, and It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump.  I am happy to write a review in exchange for a sample copy.

This is a sweet book about the story of the author’s dog, of which any dog owner and animal lover can relate to and enjoy. It is the perfect book for light and relaxing reading. I enjoyed the stories about Hannah and her family. I would recommend this book, and it would make a great and simple gift for the dog lover in your life..

You’ll be enthralled by this story of a man and his lovable Labrador retriever, Hannah, and what their canine friendship can show us about life, grace, and long walks in the park.

Hannah was Dave’s best friend. He couldn’t imagine starting a day without her tail wagging an energetic greeting, her body wiggling with sheer gratitude when her food dish was filled, and her unbridled enthusiasm for tennis balls. (How she fit three tennis balls in her mouth at once he’ll never know.)

So when Dave first learned of Hannah’s cancer diagnosis, he decided to take whatever time he had left with Hannah to cherish the moments and capture his thoughts in a journal. As he wrote about his canine friend, he soon realized that Hannah was an able (and furry) mentor of faith, grace, kindness, and forgiveness. The lessons were invaluable: from being present to trusting the master. When Hannah lived well past the expected time frame, Dave started to see that the insights he was gaining were more than just journal entries about a family pet. Through Hannah’s antics, God was preparing Dave for life itself.

You won’t want to miss this heartwarming tale of a dog who knew how to live . . . and showed her owner how.


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