Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book Review: Staying Strong for Smokey

I won a copy of "Staying Strong for Smokey" from Cat Chat With Caren and Cody awhile ago, but I honestly didn't want to open it up! Just thinking about a child losing a beloved cat is heartbreaking.

However, "Staying Strong" is well-written and illustrated, and straightforward; your cat is very ill, and needs to be released from further pain.  Adults can rationalize all they want, but children think differently, and will use this book to help them to understand that their pet is dying.

Staying Strong for Smokey
Hardcover
Published in 2017
ISBN-10: 0578189860
ISBN-13: 978-0578189864
Author: Gorey Gut
Illustrator: Kim Stahl

Cover

Signed by the author!

Cute illustrations

Look at those sad faces! :sob:
The author is Cody and Dakota's own veterinarian at DePorre Veterinary Hospital in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  Along with "Staying Strong", Dr. Gut penned "Being Brave for Bailey", which is for dog-lovers.  For those of you with human AND fur-covered children, these books are for you!

19 comments:

  1. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH mom is a sucker for anipal books. She will have to look for this one
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  2. That sounds like a great book ! Purrs

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    1. I remember when our gerbil died, but I was a teenager then. As a little girl, it would have been really difficult.

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  3. It sounds good but we couldn't read it with weepy wet whiskers.

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    1. Luckily, it's a very short book; perfect for kidlets.

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  4. Thank you for posting this. A co-worker very recently had to euthanize a cat due to cancer, and they have two children, one of whom is only 4. I'll suggest this to her.

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    1. I sent you a FB message. I am so sorry for your co-worker and family

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    2. Rene I am so sorry about your friend's cat. We have a link to purchase the book on the side bar of our blog.

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  5. Ooh what a wonderful book! I have to buy some nice english-language books for my daughter. She's slowly learning english. She still can't talk even in native language, she's too little. But we're going to sign her up to english kindergarten. We'll also read her some books in english. At the moment she also listen when we're talking and she likes to watch movies in english :) Some little steps to get her used to be bilingual

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    1. The more languages a child knows, all the better it seems! I only know two languages...English and Bad English! LOL! That's actually a line from an old Bruce Willis film

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  6. This makes me sad just reading your post and see those couple of pages. But it sounds like an important book for kids to read.

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    1. That's why the book sat on the shelf for a little while! Sad, but a needed book for children, I think.

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  7. This is a good book for kids with pets.

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing the book! So happy you like it!!!! Dr.Corey is a Vet at the practice where we take Cody and Dakota, but she has never treated them. They have been going to another Vet at the practice for the past 10 years (and Bobo went there too for the last few years of his life), but we are thrilled to know we have Dr.Corey should our main Vet at the practice not be available due to vacation, etc. So glad you like the book! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  9. Ooooh, those kinds of books are hard to read, but I do think they can help children. I read a lot of children's books, and I cry when I read one about a pet dying.

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  10. It sounds like a helpful book, but sad.

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  11. What a thoughtful book. It's never easy on our humans no matter their age, but this might ease the sadness of a little one when we have to go.

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