Roxanne Hawn’s first solo book, Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate, hit the #1 spot on Amazon’s Best Seller List in the Pet Loss Category in its first week. Roxanne Hawn began blogging about her Heart Dog/canine soul mate, Lilly, in April 2007. A real-time memoir, the blog — called “Champion of My Heart” — chronicled life with a brilliant, sensitive dog. Then, things became complicated following Lilly’s rare adverse rabies vaccine reaction. The fight for Lilly’s life lasted 693 days. Lilly died December 17, 2013. This book stems from that experience. Roxanne’s recovery from the profound loss remains ongoing.
Having shared her life with dogs since birth, Roxanne found herself unprepared for the magnitude of grief after Lilly’s death. She has loved all the dogs in her life. She loved Lilly more than words can convey. Heart Dogs are different. The loss felt galaxies worse than Roxanne expected, and that’s saying something because Roxanne was born with a good imagination.The death of any dog is hard. The death of a Heart Dog – a canine soul mate – is much, much worse … Canine soul mates may happen just once in a lifetime. With such great love comes epic grief after your Heart Dog dies. Even if you’ve experienced pet loss before, life without your canine soul mate is much harder. Typical grief advice isn’t enough. Sometimes challenging traditional thinking about grief, Heart Dog answers all the big questions about canine soul mates, offers practical ideas for coping with each day’s dose of grief, and provides inspiration for finding your place in the world after such a profound loss. Strategies and insights come from the author and 500 people who participated in an online survey. Others have survived the grief. You can too. Let Heart Dog be your guide.