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Bessie's Story - Watching the Lights Go Out

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Bessie's Story - Watching the Lights Go Out is an inspiring story about a charming, brave, chocolate Lab who gradually loses her eyesight. The author leads the reader from the unexpected diagnosis of terminal blindness for his beloved four-year-old pet through the two-and-a-half year transition to sightlessness. In the process, Bessie unwittingly becomes an expert mentor a ...more
Paperback, Paperback with color interior, 170 pages
Published 2018 by Bessie's Story, LLC
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Harvey Havel
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful gen of a book about an older dog who is going blind and how the author, Thomas W. Farmen, learns some very important lessons about growing older with both grace, fun, and dignity. Written in simple, focused, and clear prose, Farmen, using his expert pedagogy and his experiences of almost four decades of being a teacher and then Headmaster of a small New England boarding school in rural Connecticut, he shows that his relationship with his blind dog is not what it seems. It is actually ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully inspiring book with lessons full of grace . Having met Bessie and her owners made Bessie ‘s story even more special . If you have a special four-legged angel in your life , then this is a must read !
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uplifting and encouraging

Fear not, this is no sob story. Nor do Bessie’s lessons feel like lessons. Tom has conveyed her example of dignity with a “Live in the now” enthusiasm. If Bessie could read she would be pleased that her owner both got the point and expressed it well.
Mary Ellen
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely book. Bessie is a neighbor who we love. This book is a work of Zen..

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