A Dog's Memoir on Life After Death (Jack McAfghan Pet Loss Trilogy Book 1)

ByKate McGahan

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Best. Book. Ever. I'm not a reader but once I started it I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in one sitting. Short chapters and very easy to understand. This book brought a lot of things into perspective.
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wendy taylor
Great book if you have lost your best friend. Helps the grieving process so much. Jack & Kate make it easy to understand that life goes on for our furbabies & that they will be waiting for us at the bridge. They help us to understand that we have to let them go in order to free them but doing so only brings them closer. A must read for anyone who has lost a dog or any other pet.
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tammy nickerson
What a wonderful book; a must for anyone who has lost a loved one, whether it be a human or beloved animal! I'm actually reading it for a second time, & am absorbing wisdom in more detail as I read it again. It's really a life lesson even if you're not reading it because of a loss you've suffered!!!
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b c johnson
Jack tells his stories with a heartfelt humor and affection. Anyone loved by a dog can relate to Jack's feelings for his beloved Kate ( who is pretty special in her own right). His book made me smile through my tears .
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ilana bram
THE most greatest thing you can do for yourself and your departed fur baby! Helping to bridge the gap of understanding the grief process and finding yourself in the process.
The only words that helped me during my most difficult times.
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sarah kate
I lost my dog to cancer about a month ago. I had seen that this book was helping someone through their grief so I thought I would read it. I found that I was reading exactly what I was doing. It pretty perfectly took me through all of the thoughts I have been having. I still miss my girl but it helps to know that others have gone through the same stages of grief.
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Jack McAfghan was a true friend of mine during his current lifetime and I can attest that his love and wisdom, his sense of justice and his "spunky" ability to love and play.....all beautifully and tenderly expressed through Kate. This book is a treasure for everyone to experience! Tyler
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As I read his story I fell in love with Jack. For anyone going through the grief process after losing a pet, this book really helped me. It's a wonderful reminder that they' re really still with us....Just look & feel for them inside your heart.
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This is an incredibly well written book from the eyes of Jack, the authors canine friend. This book brings insight and peace for those you have lost a love one. Also gives the reader an awesome look onto the soul of their canine best friend. You will never look into the eyes of a dog the same ever again. This is a must read.
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if your hurting and missing your pet please read this book ❤️
After losing our 17 year old Babycakes, I wasn’t sure how to go on day to day.
She was so much a part of our lives. The sadness, emptiness and grief had me in a terrible place.
I joined several pet loss groups on Facebook looking for support.
Someone suggested this book. I immediately bought and starting reading. I was cautious as I needed uplifting information and hope. In the state of mind I was in, nothing sad was a good idea.
I loved the book right from the 1st chapter.
There is hope and learning of life going on that I so desperately needed.
Highly recommend to anyone who has loved and lost a pet.
Is a gift to cherish and learn from.
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liz de coster
I lost my dog in January 2018. The road to healing from this tremendous grief I experienced has been even more than I expected and more than I could bear. I attempted to read this book about 4 times, but could not see the words because of the tears that flooded my eyes after only reading one sentence. Finally last Friday, on the bus and on my way home from work I attempted to read it again after waiting about a month to start again. I read it when I got in bed until it was finished around 1:00 am. I could not put it down. I can say that this book, while it will not stop your tears and the grief you feel inside, because the loss will always affect us, it will give you a new insight to how to handle your grief when reading the words from the eyes of our precious soul mates, our dear and precious pets. This author has such a unique gift to write a book in such a way and she gives of her time most unselfishly to not only write this book but three others after this because she genuinely cares about helping others who have experienced this deep and seemingly unending grief because she knows first hand. I recommend this book highly. It takes baby steps to learn how to handle this kind of grief. it won't happen over night, but it certainly is the right step in the right direction. You will get to know Kate and her beloved Jack and fall in love with him and you learn about his personality and Kate's uncanny ability to know what he's thinking which is only derived out of deep love and understanding for our special fur angels. Great job Kate, and thank you for everything for all of us who understand. God bless!
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john miller
Even if you have never loved and lost a pet (or person) this is a must read...for those of us lucky enough to have shared our lives with a 4-legged family member it explains so much. I have had to let go many, many times and I wish I had read this book decades ago to know that I was doing the right thing no matter how much hurt it caused me. Thank you Jack and Kate for sharing a beautiful story.

P.S. I liked this book so much I've just ordered 3 copies to distribute to friends and to my vet since she is my partner in helping my cats cross the rainbow bridge and feels the loss almost as much as I do.
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mostafa khaled afandy
I've read all 3 of the books already out in this series and cant wait to read the fourth book being released August 1st. I've already pre-ordered it. These books and especially this first one, Reflections..., will help you with any type of grief not just the loss of a pet. These books have helped me tremendously with my grief over the murder of Adrian, my son and only child. I have learned to accept my son's death. I have learned to love the time I had with him. I have learned to remember the love, the beautiful memories we created, and to continue living joyfully for him. I will never forget nor stop grieving Adrian but through these powerfully written books I have given myself permission to live again. You would also love the Facebook groups derived from these books which I am now a member of and a blog by Kate McGahan to continue processing your grief. Whenever I feel sad I re-read certain parts, my favorites, to regain the peace. Buy these books, read them, share them, you won't go wrong. I have them on Kindle and as hardcopy books too and have bought Reflections... to give away to friends that have lost pets or humans. I highly recommemd them.
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abby urbano
I feel very honored to write a review for Kate's book, Jack McAfghan: Reflections on Life with my Master. I wish I could give this book 10 stars. I highly recommend reading all of her books in the order that she has written them. Some of you may know me through my dog's Facebook Page, Ted E. Bear. Teddy Bear passed away April 5th, 2018. I had the privilege of being Teddy's human mommy for 13 years. I struggle still with his absence in my life. There are days filled with overwhelming grief but after I read all four of Kate's books I really did look at dying and death differently. Pet owner's know of the Rainbow Bridge and we dread the day our beloved passes. What is the Rainbow Bridge? The Rainbow Bridge is really the tie that binds our soul with our pet's soul. It is the permanent etching of our initials on our hearts that will remain forever. When you believe that a soul never dies but lives on, your soul is still connected to your pet who has passed. When Teddy was alive (and it was the first day I brought him home) I always thought I would die without him. I had a special connection with him and we communicated in the most special way. I am void of what I had with him now (his physical presence_ but he lives on in my mind and my memories and most importantly my heart and soul. I believe in God and I believe that God is good. I also believe that God created animals to be our companions. If God created us and our souls are tied to God, all animal souls are tied to Him as well. We all return to Him, who Believe and have Faith. I was reluctant to begin my grief journey by searching for books or support groups on Facebook. I found Kate's website on my own and asked to join. The comfort I found in Kate's support group on FB was instrumental in my ordering of all 3 of her books. I encourage you to do the same at http://www.facebook.com/groups/edgeoftherainbow. You will find you are not alone and that you will read the stories of others which will bring you relief. I downloaded the Kindle version of her 4th Book that I highly recommend as well. I respect who Kate is by the work she has done in her life. She has dedicated herself to hospice care for the last 35 years so she has seen death and dying firsthand. Her phrase - "Life is the school and love is the lesson" is truly what your heart and soul will learn. You will be reading these books more than once and highlighting or flagging pages for gentle reminders that our souls live on and we are always connected even through death. Faith. Believe.
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anya kawka
Love this book, had a hard time putting it down. It is a must read before reading Jack's two other books "Return from Rainbow Bridge" and "The Lizard from Rainbow Bridge". Jack's message that the love and soul of a dog never dies, eased the heartbreak I had in the passing of my Cody and Keesha. No amount of time will erase the memory of a beloved pet.....and that is a good thing.
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Can't stop reading Reflections. It is the absolutely best book about our pet's passing. You will cry some, but as you go on, you will find yourself agreeing with the statements and feeling joyful. I am in the process of reading Reflections again. Every time I do, I learn something new or remember an important statement. I think it is one of the most beautiful ways to help a friend who is grieving the loss of a dog, cat, bird, rabbit,,horse, etc.
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I had to let my 8 yr old dog pass over due to health problems. It broke my heart into a million pieces . I have never been so heartbroken. My husband even said this was hitting me worse then when my mother passed. Someone told me about Kate and Jack. I just finished with the first book and I already feel more peaceful. If you have lost a pet and need help please read this book.
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meta silvyani
I felt profoundly lost and alone when I had to say goodbye to my sweet boy Gotti. A friend that had experienced a similar sadness referred me to this book.
I didn’t realize right away what a deeply emotional connection I would ultimately have with Jack.
It wasn’t until I started relating to and reflecting on the message that I was able to channel my grief into a less debilitating state of mind. Jack opened my eyes to signs from Gotti. He opened my heart to accept that Gotti was still there, everywhere. This book taught me that just because Gotti was gone doesn’t mean he wasn’t still with me.
I would recommend this book to anyone that has lost a pet. You will see a new perspective beyond the despair.
Jack will guide you to a more peaceful place.
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What a wonderful story! I really think its one that everyone should read. No matter what your beliefs, or point of view, it will remind you of what is important in life, and what isn't.
It's all about the love!
Thank you, Jack!
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olivia bean
Kate knows how to put things into words that will comfort your soul. You will cry while reading this, but you will begin to smile as you think about your fur babies that have moved on. After this book you should certainly read "The Lizard From the Rainbow Bridge", the next book by Kate. It will continue to soothe you and help you transition past your grief.
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This book could have been written about my wife's and my life with our last two dogs. Lexie was the same breed as Grady. Chewy was no Afghan but was so much like Jack. My best friend got this book to me within a few days of Chewy's passing. After a few days I opened, and began to read. When I started this book I felt very disconnected and numb. The kids are grown up. We moved far away so we don't see the grandson much. The house seemed so quite. Coming home from work so hard with out my Chewy dog there.

I am half Native American and have been taught the spiritual ways of the people. I felt like my Grandfather was speaking through Jack. Through the book. This book, in my opinion is a great teaching of sacred truth. It has helped me remember during a time of great pain that all is well and by divine plan. I believe this book can help us all to reconnect to who we are, where we came from and where we are going. I have discovered again what my passions are and what I desire to do with my life. I have decided to apply the lessons that my four legged family has shared with me. That which my heritage has taught me. I choose freedom and following what my heart says instead of my brain.

I recommend this book for all ages. The spiritual teachings are soft and simple truths. I want to be like the four legged. To forget the things life has conditioned me to be. To be all that the Creator intended me to be. To remember again and live as I have been taught by my ancestors. This book brings about HEALING and GROWTH. It will awaken you to who you truly are.
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Where do I begin? I was lost in all consuming grief for my cat Splodge as well as some very close family members (Mum and Brother). It felt like I had been left all alone and was desperatley struggling to come to terms with what had happened to me. While I was posting about my loss and grief on Facebook a very kind lady by the name of "Kate McGahan" contacted me and invited me to join her grief group called Heart to Heart. Once I joined I was made aware of Jack's book which I promplty purchased and read from cover to cover in the space of a day! This book was a life changer for me! It has been written in such a way that I defy you not to connect with it and link it to your own personal story. Jack teaches you that passing over is not the end, far from it. It changed the way I looked at everything in such a magical way that my perception of death completly changed as I worked my way through those pages. I still miss my loved ones both 2 and 4 legged and I now understand that the missing them never stops because the loving them never stops. What is more important is I now know that they are always with me, everywhere I go and in everything that I do. Jack has helped me understand that by moving through my grief in a positive way it allows my loved one to send me messages so I KNOW that they are still here with me, they are just gone from my sight but will always remain in my heart and my memories because love is eternal and can never die! This is a very powerful book with a powerful message for anyone with an open mind that wants to find a positive way to move forward and I highly reccommend it to all. Thank you Jack and Kate for saving me when I thought all hope was lost! XxX
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While this book did not help me, it might help some. It was not what was expected at all. I think the author has pure intentions and means well, however, I feel that the book is better written for a child's age level. It does not lessen the grief of losing a beloved pet unless that is what you want it to do.
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allie clements
I had never her if this series or the Rainbow Bridge until I had to put my sweet cat, Tess down a few weeks ago. This was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my 52 years on this earth. It did not help that I was by myself and my husband was out of the country. Anyhow, Tess came into our family when our children went to college. Tess and my other cat Tiqui have been constant companions to us since. They moved to Houston with us and then on to Sweden and back to Chicago. They were always by my side talking to me and hanging out with us. We miss seeing Tess each morning lying in and enjoying the sun or waiting for my husband to get into bed, so she could say good night to him.

Anyhow, a very good friend gave this book to me and it has helped me process the idea that she has moved on, but is waiting for me across the Rainbow Bridge. This book was very insightful and inspirational at a time when I needed to be comforted. I can’t thank Colleen and Kate for helping me through this difficult time. I would definitely read this book if you are feeling the loss of your companion. I will surely pass this on to another grieving friend when the time comes. Thank you for such a heartfelt book and gift!
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art miles
Just finished reading Kate’s beautiful book—frankly, I am overwhelmed and moved beyond words. All the characters in the story reach out and caress your soul with their intelligence and spiritual attributes. This sojourn meanders and flows like a creek burbling through a meadow enhanced with God’s loving grace. With the expert sweep of the pen Kate relates her journey with her beloved Grady, and soul-dog Jack, the ‘star’ of this story. Along life’s rollicking path Jack guides Kate through the backdrop of mystic Sedona with his wisdom and companionship, ending with a loving gift of completion, an epiphany, spelling out the priceless value of pets as guides in spirit’s journey through the physical. Well done, Kate, I am honored to have known Jack and Grady personally (and you), observing your world in real life, as related in your charming book. I wish you the utmost success in all your future writings!
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elizabeth tedford
Thankfully a friend suggested this book to me a few days after my furbaby crossed and I am forever thankful to her. The author Kate is an amazing story teller and the main character Jack you will fall in love with. I am also forever thankful to and for Kate and Jack for helping me heal after my loss and for teaching me about what our animals think, feel, and now once they've physically left, that they are still with us...in our hearts Always. I honestly can say after reading this book I Know it has helped me and I would Highly recommend this book for anyone who has lost a loved one. I also had my 15 year old daughter read this book to help her with her heartbreak and now we both can smile instead of just tears about our cat. We both look forward to more books from Kate McGahan.
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ray clark
While my furry soulmate -- Venus -- was (unlike Jack) feline and female, the journey I walked with her is amazingly similar to the story shared in this book. It's been nearly five years since Venus crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and while she was more than 19 years old when she went Home, her time on earth ended abruptly and not at the end of a slow decline. This book was given to me as a gift, and what a beautiful gift it is. Jack's "words" echo the gentle, just-out-of-hearing-range purrs that I sometimes hear when Venus follows the Lizard and visits me here. (Though I sincerely hope that Heavenly Venus is less inclined to eat lizards than Earthly Venus was...) This lovely story made me laugh, cry, and sweetly reminisce about the comfort that a warm and furry physical body can bring, but it also made me rejoice in the knowledge that I will see my beloved girl again someday when I, too, go Home. I recommend this book for anyone who has loved a pet and watched them cross the rainbow bridge. Jack's story reminds us that the music of love never really fades away -- it just changes pitch, and if we're listening hard enough, we can still hear it inside our hearts. Thank you, Jack (and Kate!) for the beautiful wisdom you've shared with us.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marissa falkiewicz
I've read books on many different subjects over the years, but none have ever had the impact on my life that this one has.
The Author Kate McGahan, has an exceptional talent for making the reader view things from a perspective never before imagined.
This story takes you on a journey of Jack McAfghan and His master Kate, from His adoption to the point that He leaves this Earthly life and ventures beyond to the paradise of the Rainbow Bridge.
It is a spiritual, healing story told through eyes of a simple average dog, that will have a positive effect on the reader.
Anyone that has ever loved and lost a companion knows the grief, guilt and heartache of that loss, and how hard it is to accept, deal with, and heal from this loss. The pain is that real.
Before you consider therapy and anti-depressants, purchase this book and read it with an open heart and mind. There is no better Rx.
"She'd say, Jack, you light up the world wherever you go". Give him the chance to do that for you. Purchase this book, grab a box of tissues and begin a journey of love, healing and a true understanding of love and life, as designed by the ultimate Master in Heaven.
Other books on this subject leave can you confused, and oftentimes with even more questions. This story gives you answers and an understanding of how our companions are so intertwined in our lives, that they remain with us for all eternity.
I've read the first two books in the series and have yet to review the second book, but you may want to consider purchasing the 3 book set. They are that good, and in hindsight that's what I should have done.
I rated this book 5 stars.
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I have a best friend named Lilly. I can say “have”, because I still have her in spirit and in my heart. Lilly is a mini schnauzer who was and is the love of my life. In August of 2014, I had to say goodbye to her by making that most difficult decision. When she passed, I went into severe depression. I walked a very lonely path as there were few who understood the blood tie I had with her. Soon afterwards, I searched everywhere, read everything I could about pet loss, and though they helped confirm the feeling of normality of the depths of grief one can experience at the loss of a dear friend, none could truly soothe my heart.

I have gone through close to two years of an ever changing journey, day by day, sometime minute by minute searching for a way through the grief.

During the period of Lilly’s illness, I had received many, many signs from heaven for my comfort. I recognized them and knew they were from my Father who had gifted me with Lilly to begin with. But after she passed, in the wall of my grief, I didn’t receive any recognizable signs from her. I was standing smack in the middle of the natural world, not comforted, and imploring God for His supernatural intervention of comfort.

Then, two or more months ago, I had a divine meeting with Jack McAfgan and Kate McGahan. To say that Jack’s story has pierced through to my heart would be an understatement. Jack speaks with an intuitive heart language that I immediately resonated with; was longing for. Someone who understood my deepest love, deepest pain, and then deepest love, once again! His words became the voice of healing… speaking directly into me. I no longer needed anyone else to walk this journey with me, just Jack.

I started to read his story very slowly, as I wanted to absorb it at a pace my heart was willing to go, but then, as Jack’s story progressed, the ability to see things clearly just opened up to me, and I felt, “finally, Lilly has come to me.”

No other book has helped me more in reiterating, first, the Divine gift of an animal friendship and our heavenly bond with them, in understanding the terrible grief of physical loss when they must say goodbye, and finally, soothing our soul with the truth of their eternal dwelling place in Heaven and in our hearts. “Jack McAfgan, Reflections on Life with My Master” by a truly gifted Kate McGahan, confirmed that not only do our beloved friends live with their master on earth, they return to their Master in Heaven, who so lovingly created them for our eternal joy. They are gleefully waiting for us!

Jack’s story is our story. I recognize that voice so well; it’s the voice of my beloved, Lilly.
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thomas vaultonburg
George Kingston- Just have to say This Book Is Truly Amazing, It Truly Touched my Heart and Soul so much, I was finally able to start Healing, the pain that i had Held for over 6 yrs after Losing My Yellow Lab Named SAM, He was Truly my Forever Soulmate, and he will always be forever but at least i now no he can be at peace, and i can slowly begin to be at some level of peace knowing he is finally free to run Free Like The Wind, and boy did he Love to run, so i keep that thought in my head now, knowing he is free to be himself until we meet when i pass away, I just have to say that Kate is Truly a Brilliant Writer along with Jack They Have Helped so many people finally be able to come to some kind of Healing and Peace, This Great Book Should Be Number 1 On The Best Seller List, Along With The Other Two Books In the Series , Can't wait For Her Next Book and Series, God Bless You Kate and Jack We Love You So Much ❤??
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I truly don't know where to begin with this review. I was introduced to Kate thru a mutual friend who was also grieving the loss of their beloved pet. I was a little hesitant since I was only a few weeks into the loss of my boxer, Rocco. I posted to the group and was told about Kate's book. I downloaded it thru Kindle and it took me a few days to have the courage to start reading. Once I did I couldn't stop reading or crying. I cried so hard that I couldn't breathe but once I came up for air, I realized that Rocco was right there with me making me get thru it. I won't lie, it is gut wrenching to read - it brings you into the pets life and what they are feeling, not only for them but for us. There is a wonderful life that they go to beyond the life we have given them and thru the grief and pain of not having them physically with us, it does bring comfort knowing they are truly at peace and no longer in pain. Rocco will be waiting for me when the time comes for me to join him but until then I will continue to grieve him the way I need to - it hasn't even been 5 months yet. Thank you Kate for sharing your story, writing about Jack and accepting me into your group, all of you have been such a rock for me the past months I don't know what I would have done without any of you. For anyone contemplating whether or not to read this book I urge you to read and then re-read, you will not be sorry. To all who have lost a beloved pet (or family member as I refer to them) I am truly sorry and wish that your heart will heal and the sorrow will turn to smiles when you think about them. I am still struggling to smile more often about Rocco, but time will heal the pain...eventually.
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These books are helping me to heal from the loss of my beloved furbaby. No one can imagine the extent of pain, sorrow, and grief that comes along with such a loss until it actually happens to you. Jack and Kate shared this same special bond that many of us have with our pets. I am not usually a big reader of books in my spare time as I tend to be on the go and I cannot put these down! I am currently on Volume 3. Jack and Kate have taught me so many things I never knew about grief and healing as well as allowed me to see the signs that my baby shares with me on a regular basis. It has only been about 6 weeks but they have helped me along my journey and for that I will be forever grateful. ❤️ PS- stock up on Kleenex, but trust me, they are well worth the read ?
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This is a very helpful book which shows the reader how important love is in our lives. For anyone who has lost a loved one it can bring comfort and a realisation that love will always remain alive. Jack is a very wise dog, and leads the reader on a journey through life, loss and grief, and out the other side, given time and love. For that I thank you Jack - (and Kate)!
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This book was written to be able to HELP and Heal you from Pet Loss Grief.
I, personally am indebted to Kate McGahan for letting me LIVE AGAIN(Knowing I did the best I could)
All Persons needing this Grief Peace, should read this book! Sincerely, Karen Antosh
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Every other book I have read by our canine companions has been a humorous look at their human counterparts. Jack McAfghan can be humorous, but he is wise beyond his years and his reflections on his fellow canines and humans are spot on. His message is unconditional love, and complete understanding for others. I put this book right up there with "All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten". (Robert Fulghum) Jack sees the "oddities" of humans, and how these characteristics can affect others, human or otherwise. Jack's reflections on life and perceived loss are a beautiful way to look at life on life's terms, and living in the moment, a day at a time. This book is uplifting and simple, the way life should be.
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carmen van deursen
I've loved and been loved by 5 dogs over the past 33 years. My dogs were all older than 10 when they died (three of them were in their teens). Two of my dogs died naturally, and three of them were euthanized. A month ago, I said goodbye to my fifth dog, Amber (photo attached). She was 14 years old and she had end-stage cancer. I had Amber euthanized because her quality of life was deteriorating and she was starting to suffer. After she died, I could not stop my mind from replaying Amber's last moments of life (I still keep seeing them like a video in my mind) and I could not stop myself from crying every time I thought of her -- I'm doing better at that, but only because I'm trying not to think of her for more than a few seconds at a time, which doesn't seem right. I've read many pet loss books over the years, but I hoped to find one that had new insights. I ordered this book because it had excellent reviews; however, it turned out to be one of the worst books I've ever read (on any subject). It's supposed to be written from a dog's perspective, and I have a good imagination so I could imagine that. But since when does a dog quote the Bible to you, even naming the Bible chapter the quote came from and telling you which disciple they're quoting? Are we to believe that Jack read the Bible? Every time the author had Jack quote the Bible, it jerked me out of the story and reminded me that this was not a story being told by a dog, it was a story being told by a person who likes to quote the Bible. I'm very open-minded and I've believed in Rainbow Bridge ever since I saw it after burying my second dog 18 years ago. (I don't think I can post a link in this review but to read about what I saw, do a search for "another skeptic saw the bridge"). Even though I believe in life after death, I still go through the stages of grief when my dogs die, and I hoped this book would help me find peace of mind, but it didn't. I don't know why people gave this book good reviews. Maybe they were experiencing pet grief for the first time or they hadn't heard of Rainbow Bridge or didn't believe in life after death until they read this book.
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I started reading this book with quite a few reservations. You see I had just lost my 15 year old Shar pei. I felt like I couldn't share in someone else's loss. While I literally sobbed at times, I came away with a peace I hadn't felt in a month. Without sharing too much , you will view such a loss from a different perspective. I encourage this read to anyone who loves pets and their mortality.
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sirisha manugula
I was really struggling with the loss of 2 pets. I lost Buster in June 2015 and then Princess I had to make the decision to let her go Dec 15, 2015 with cancer. I could not function. I talked to counselors, ask preachers read books and tried to get someone to help me understand. I missed my little ones so much. I picked up Kate's book and fell in love with Jack. He became part of my family. It helped me to let go of some of my grief so was able to understand they will always be with me and letting go of some of my grief and so many signs they are still with me. I was going to give my book to my vets wife who runs a sanctuary but I still pick mine up and it always brings me comfort. I have marked and hilited so many pages and when I pick it up it may be another part that jumps out at me. I have had signs from Buster and it has helped with the pain and guilt of his death. He died from a seizure and I was not able to stop it and I was out of town and could not find vet to see me until it was to late. I had went to see my dad and we were there when it happened. All I could do is hold him and I know now there were memory moments and it was his time. He had been having seizures and the vet had given him a shot but his seizures were getting worse and I did not want to accept it. I know it was the right time because I always worried about me not being there if something happened to him. Reading Jack' book reassured me there was a reason and it was timed for Buster to go. This is the first time I have got the peace and answers I needed. I keep this book and most days I pick it up just to touch a point as a reminder he is always with me. Since this book I have received many signs and look forward to getting one from Princess because I know she is close as well.
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"Jack McAfGhan" is a book chock full of wisdom and grace. Jack, through Kate, his beloved owner, has blessed us with a story about Kate's doggies Jack and Grady which will rock your world - and your heart! I guess we could call what blesses us through this book Heart Wisdom. Kate poses as Jack and uses her intuition and imagination to speak to us from one magnificent dog's - her beloved Jack's - perspective.

As a bereavement and spiritual counselor, I especially liked what happens in the last third of the book, where Jack gets sick unexpectedly, needs surgery, and does not recover. We hear about not only what happens physically, but what emerges spiritually from these circumstances. I love the "shamanic" musings along the way, and especially how Jack speaks to Kate's grief and attachment. There's a breakthrough moment during a critical breakfast that Kate shares with her minister when she has an Aha Moment and realizes in a whole new way that she and Jack will benefit from her truly letting go of her beloved "master" and doggie love, Jack.

Anyone who has loved a dog, or a pet, or even a human(!) will appreciate this book. In the end it is a book about unconditional love, and ultimate healing and hope. Thank you, Kate and Jack, for sharing yourselves and your wisdom and gleanings from your relationship - so intimately and vividly. I know that everyone who reads this book will be deeply blessed and touched by your heart wisdom! -- Maria Dancing Heart, author of "The Last Adventure of Life" ([...])
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ed dodson
I love this book, I have read it twice and keep it close by for the days when I need a little help to get through. Reflections on life with my master is a beautiful and spiritual account, which really helped me journey through my grief. This book is for anyone who is struggling with loss and trying to understand why? Jack and Kate are an amazing team who's connection has remained beyond this realm enabling the reader to understand there is nothing to fear in death and that love transcends mortality. I can highly recommend this book, and indeed have done, to many. Since finding it I have joined Jacks Facebook page and I'm amazed at the support and kindness also offered there. You are not alone in your pain, reach out and you will find beautiful friends that genuinely care and will support you.
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mai mostafa
My aunt Charlie introduced me to this wonderful read. I recently lost my bf/fur baby in a tragic accident. Dec 13th, a day I'll never forgot... That day Mini Nelson crossed the rainbow bridge. This book helped warm my broken heart, and reminded me of every special moment we had together from the 1st day I rescued her. Who found who is so true. Thank you Kate & Aunt Charlie
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pam d
I can tell everyone how much this book helped me as I have been grieving over my service dog's passing after a great 12 yrs together. I was at rock bottom n didn't want to go on UNTIL I read this book. This is a MUST HAVE for grieving and healing...I am also a dog professional Behaviorist and trainer who recommends this book to everyone! Thank you, Kate! I know Karma's view and understand she misses and loves me as much as I do her! Jenn Benitez
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nancy abay
This book is for anyone struggling with the death of a loved one, whether it is human. canine. feline feathered or reptile. It has helped me so much to heal. I was having a very difficult time dealing with the loss of my two canine boys which happened within 12 days of each other, so needless to say my heart was broken and my world seemed shattered. This book gives the reader a different perspective of death. It is a beautifully written story of unconditional love and devotion. I have read and re-read it. it is my go to when I am having a tough day. It will make you laugh and cry but it has such a comforting effect on the heart, and that is just what I needed. I thank Jack for sharing his wisdom with us and Kate for sharing Jack with us also.
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adrian di manzo
I had to make the heartbreaking decision 4 weeks ago to put my beloved greyhound to sleep. This book has helped me so much and I have read it over and over and will keep going back to it. It is very spiritual and backs up my belief that I will see her again. Thank you Kate McGahan.
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sean harnett
In her tender book Jack McAfghan, Kate McAfghan shares a story every dog owner knows too well, the unconditional love we receive, the joy they bring and the horrific decisions that sometimes must be made to ease and end their suffering. However Kate shares her love story from the POV of dear Jack, from being rescued as a timid and tiny being from a puppy mill through their glorious life and experiences together. It may sound cliche and I guess it is but this book made me laugh and it made me cry and I couldn't put it down. Bravo Kate!
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Loved the book. It brought me to tears but also made me laugh. I was grieving over the loss of my precious fur baby Peanut. Prior to that I had lost my Mother and Father and a few other close family members. I was lost and very depressed but after reading this book it helped me bring closure to all of losses. This wonderful story helped me understand why Peanut went home.
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sarah stacey
I loved the book. Its more like a bible for how to deal with the grief of losing a fur friend and how to start living and loving life again. A definite read for anyone who has lost a loved one. I cried, then I started learning. Thank You Jack And Kate.
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marin rose
I wrote my review on the store uk. Yet this book helped me so much. I feel I needed to write here also. I'm not Kate I can't put into words what I feel and how this has helped me. I think that all those who have lost a loved one should read this book. It's just wonderful. I laughed and I cried. In the end I just felt love. Love for my Phoenix. Love for Kate and love for Our Jack. Run free sweet Jack with Phoenix at rainbows bridge.
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victor montenegro
I stumbled across this book, after having to say goodbye to my last 4 dogs within 18 months of each other. Through tears I have read and re-read this wonderful book. I know that my dogs loved me unconditionally but it was lovely to read from Jack's perspective. It has helped me with my grief and made me realise that the one last thing I can do for my beloved pets, is to set them free. It is sensitively written and Jack helps to mend your broken heart in a way only he knows, pure love. If you have loved and lost pets or humans, this book is a must read. Thank you Kate
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I absolutely loved this book. Even after 10 years of grieving I was not coping with the loss of my dogs then I found Kate and Jack and through Jack's eyes I was able to see that my grief was unnecessary that I did not need to feel the pain I was feeling because they were free. For anyone who has lost a beloved pet this book will help see you through the tears that death is not the end it is a new beginning for those lost and for those who remain. Thank you Kate and Jack ~ for helping me to see through the tears and helping me to smile again.
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valeri drach
To read this book is too experience love beyond our earthly lives. Jack brought love joy and healing to my spirit. Everyone who has ever had to say goodbye to a beloved pet should read it. Kate has beautifuly brought Jack's message of love and hope to us all.
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This amazing book is full of healing, reassurance, and love. The powerful lessons that Jack teaches affect not only the lives of our pets, but each and every one of us. For those feeling lost and overwhelmed with grief Jack's words bring comfort and relief. It's amazing how a book with such an important message can be so much fun to read! I highly recommend this book as a gift for anyone suffering from the loss of a beloved pet or friend.
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anneleen vermeulen
I absolutely love all of these books. They helped me so very much with my grief for Abby. I your hurting or confused about the loss of a loved one you need to read these books. There are 3 books total and they are all awesome and very helpful.
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amy z
Not just for someone who's lost a pet, for anyone who needs a little guidance, this book is like a giant HUG. You will laugh and cry throughout this book, and no matter how many good things I say about it, no amount will be able to sufficiently describe how happy and peaceful this book will make you.
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corky lavallee
What a wonderful journey. I delayed reading for fear of it reopening healing wounds. Though the read made me a bit "weepy" at times, it was with delight in knowing that I am not alone. Very validating. Though the pain of loss is intense, it is outweighed by the joy of the love shared. That love is everlasting, always alive not to be dismissed by physical death. Excellent read for anyone feeling that their pain associated with the loss of a beloved pet is not understood. I would suggest that this is also a good read for those who do not understand.
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Every once in a great while, a book is written that not only entertains you, but touches something inside you that you probably were not even aware of. The story is not just about Jack, the story is about all of us. The joy of living and loving, and the realization that love stays with us even after the corporeal being is not. It is thought provoking and uplifting, and offers a message that is universal, a message of hope and peace. I think that this is a book that everyone will enjoy reading, and will also learn a little more about themselves from it.
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david mort
This is a book about healing and spirituality. There is a huge difference in spiritual and religion. It is the most beautiful written book of learning to heal.
If you are not ready to heal and just wish to sit in your pain then don't read. But please know in reading this book it gave me great hope and comfort!!!
Kate wrote this book with a wide open heart full of love and to offer hope, comfort and strength! I am grateful! !!!!! Much love and thanks Kate and Jack! Xoxo
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We lost our grand dog almost a year ago and we felt a very stronger connection with him. This book is written from Jack the dog's viewpoint and it greatly helped me understand the amazing and beautiful connection a person can have with a beloved furbaby. I felt the messages helped heal my grief and yet no ever forget our sweet Peanut. He is always with us in our hearts. Jack the dog is very wise and I have learned a lot just reading his book.
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kristall driggers
I read this book after the loss of my beloved cat. My pain was raw and I was hurting. A kind person recommended this series of books to me. It's written from the perspective of the author's beloved dog. It's unique, uplifting, comforting and I would recommend this book to anyone suffering a loss.
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debbie ross
I loved the connection between Kate, Grady and Jack in this book. I literally felt Kate's pain when she lost her beloved Jack and spent over an hour crying while still trying to read the rest of the book. I love how it is told from Jack's viewpoint and how he relates how animals communicate and support their owners although I would not use owner or master but parent.
The pain that Kate goes through when she loses Jack hit so close to home since I recently lost my soulmate and bestfriend who is my beloved Max and the best dog that I have ever had. My tears were for both her and me.
Definitely worth reading but be prepared to cry. The message that Jack gives us is well worth the tears.
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Bought this after my dog passed away to help with my grief. I have to say, this book has such a wonderful message to share. It will help you with your grief and open your eyes to the signs our pets share with us from the other side to let us know they are truly OK and that they want us to be happy! Grief is a process, so I'm not saying there is magical fix. But this book will help you through your grieving and delivers many inspiring messages. Truly a blessing and a must read for any pet lover suffering a loss.
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This book was a God send to me! After my Finnigan, I was beyond lost with guilt and grief. I read Jacks book. It felt as if the weight of the world was taken from my shoulders. It totally set me free....
If you have fur babies it’s a must read. I only wish I had found Jack sooner!
Truly, love never dies. It stays with us. Forever!
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lady ozma
After I lost my setter emma to cancer I began reading reflections. I will tell you it really does help you heal. I cried but I kept reading. Sometimes I'd set the book down and cry only because I'd realize what Jack's telling me is what Emma would say if I'd only listen. The moment I read the last words in the book I felt my emotions shift. Sure I still cry over having to send her to God, but I also was able to realize she is really not dead. It's just what us humans think because this physical body is all we know. My girl is still alive and she's free. Love and deep connection does not stop just because we cant see. Jack taught me how to feel her and she sends me many many signs. Many may think a book wont help me. Trust me when i tell you this one will. Sure you will still cry and the pain will still be there, but I promise you'll feel a shift inside you that you cant put into words. This shift will allow you to feel alittle better about even getting up in the morning. It will l even leave you more open to accept the signs they cant send when our grief drowns them out. Buy this book and read the others. There is no other book like this. It was a savior for me during such a horrible time.
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trudie pistilli
Wow! What a wonderful, touching, thought provoking book!! It had me laughing and crying!! In this book, Jack teaches us about unconditional love and the deep strong connection that is possible between humans and animals! It made me think more about my relationship with my current dog as well as the dogs that I have had in the past, that have crossed the rainbow bridge. Through the sadness I felt about losing an animal, this perspective also brought me internal joy, peace, and comfort - having faith of what the future holds for meeting again. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to everyone!!
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jane green
This is a great and powerful story that reflects and tributes to the life of the author's dog. The story was written from Jack's perspective (the family dog). He was an Afghan Hound mix breed. The author brilliantly writes about his life, death and what is beyond. Anyone who has ever loss a family member such as Jack, will definitely enjoy this story. It's more than a story, it brings out grief and love, and true loyalty, and showing that there is something beyond life and earth. I look forward to more stories from this new author.
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joe ethier
When I had to help my shelby over the rainbow bridge it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I then went into a deep depression I cried every day for a year I bought all 3 of Jack's book went camping which my shelby loved and read the books. These books are a must have I couldnt get where I'm today with out jack. They are a must read.
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I guess I was looking for help and this book was ok, not what I thought it would be. Yes, I read it.. it just made me feel like I was reading a book for a child not an adult. Not a help to me to me at all, if a child lost a pet maybe it would help them.
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Less than a week ago I put my precious cat to sleep. Filled with grief this book was recommended to me by someone in a pet grief support group. I saw so many positive reviews I eagerly bought. When will I learn to also read the one star reviews?
I read about 5 pages and had to put it down. I agree with those who say it appears to have been written for children. It also made me feel worse. Now granted, I am in the very early stage of grief so I thought maybe if I picked it up sometime down the road it would be helpful.
Then I read the one star reviews from the person who said the dog started quoting the Bible. Nope. That decided it for me. I am spiritual and believe our pets remain with us and give us signs, but a Bible quoting dog is too much. Not a fan of bible quoting people so a dog is taking it way over the line. Needless to say, I will not pick this book up again. Just glad I only paid a couple bucks for it.
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paul kleman
I found this book troubling, and wish that I had not recommended it (after reading reviews) to a bereaved friend before reading it myself. I felt it was far too preachy, and, with its highly religious bent, the directives seemed to be coming directly from God, via Jack. So, dog owners should not get wheels to help their dog walk? It's a good idea for one's pet to be put to sleep when the owner dies? I "must" spread my dog's ashes? The ideas seem to have come from God, with Jack channeling them from God to the author. The author seems to have discovered the One Correct Way to Live. I'm happy that she is comforted, but this book was not comforting to me and may not be to anyone that does not believe in her vision.
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