There have been books about dogs for as long as there have been printing presses. Thousands of books. Books written by famous authors. Books filled with wondrous stories about the magical bond between humans and canines. Suffice it to say, it's a pretty popular genre.
So why Gone Dogs?
Because this book is different. Yes, it's about the love affair we have with dogs, but it's not one story, by one author, about one dog. It's a collection of 50 stories by 50 authors about the dogs of their lifetimes. These highly personal accounts are beautiful, moving, funny, and resonant to anyone who has ever loved a dog.
In short, Gone Dogs is a tribute to the dogs that have left us, written by the people who loved them.
We hope you enjoy this book as much as we do.
Visit GoneDogs.com for more information, and to see how you can be part of our next volume. Because if we've learned one thing, it's that people love their dogs. And we want to share these love stories with the world.
Jim Mitchem is a copywriter who found his way into advertising via a dirt path on the outskirts of society. Born with no obvious talent, Jim began writing at a young age as a way to lasso the stories that ran circles in his mind. Dismissed as folly when he shared them, he gave up writing for drinking at the age of 17. After a stint in the USAF, and armed only with a pen and looseleaf paper bound by elastic, Jim meandered through the US until he awoke in a gutter in New York City in 1991. His life and his writing have improved significantly since giving up booze. And while he doesn’t think that’s a coincidence, he does consider it damn ironic.
Have you ever been blessed by loving a dog? The click of nails on the floor, and a soft woof at the door, asking out? Puppy dog eyes at the breakfast table, asking for bacon? The weight on your chest in the morning saying it's time to get up? I don't understand people who have never had a dog. To me, they are missing one of the best experiences in life. I grew up with a beautiful Chihuahua named Lupe. She rode in my bike basket with me, on an old soft towel. She went everywhere with me as I played in the long summer days in Arizona. We enjoyed the breeze in our faces and the smiles of the neighbors as we flew by. When I was happy, Lupe was with me. When I cried, she kissed away my tears. She listened whenever I needed a friend. She was still there when I went to college, but she was growing older and eventually blind and deaf. But she could navigate any room in the house, as long as nobody moved the furniture. She lived to be almost 19 years old and when I looked at her, she WAS my childhood. God blessed me with that little dog with a BIG personality!! This is my story, and the book has many similar stories. If you love dogs, you will love this book too!! If you've never had a dog, read the book and you may want to get one!! I highly recommend this wonderful book!!
I have almost always had a dog. I’m 78 years old and still remember all their names. I now look upon dogs as a form of Guardian Angels put here by God to help those of us who need them and want companionship. They have always been my best friends. I’m never lonely as long as I have a dog by my side. This book will explain just how they teach us to love and be loved unconditionally. It takes a real heart for that. Do you have one? You need to. Just read Gone Dogs. Yes grief is the price we pay for love. But it is the very best thing in the world and given to us by God himself. He is love itself and wants us to partake.
Prepare to have your heart lifted them torn open again and again. This beautiful designed book introduces you to dogs and their human bonds in ways that show the complexity and power of these relationships
I started this book shortly after the unexpected of Angus, my beloved labradoodle. It was both heart wrenching and cathartic, knowing I was not alone in my sorrow and deep feelings for my four-legged son.