Softcover Goodbye Bella: A Pet Loss Story
Product Information: For ages 4-10. "8.5x8.5" full color, softcover book. Authors Lacie Brueckner and Katherine Pendergast.
About the book:
Saying goodbye to a pet is hard for everyone, especially children. In this thoughtful picture book, a young girl named Charlotte says goodbye to her dog, Bella, in the most loving way she can think of and cherishes the last few days with her beloved pet. After Bella passes away, Charlotte and her family celebrate Bella’s life and do activities to honor and remember their sweet Bella.
About the Authors:
Katherine Pendergast’s beloved 11-year-old Great Dane, Carmela, passed away on February 19, 2022. Katherine and Carmela were a certified pet therapy team for the majority of Carmela’s life. They volunteered, working with children in their community. Carmela always knew it was time to work when she wore her uniform. She was an incredible dog and brought a smile to many children throughout her career. Katherine’s other Great Dane, Meadow, passed away on May 5, 2022, just shy of her 11th birthday. Meadow was a spunky Great Dane with a big personality who could make anyone smile with her goofy antics. Katherine dedicated this book to Carmela and Meadow, the gentle giants.
Katherine lives with her family in Bismarck, North Dakota. She has also written several other books, including award-winning and number-one bestsellers. Her works include Pickles the Dog: Adopted, Pickles the Dog: A Christmas Tradition, Pickles the Dog: Goes to School, and Babies of the Badlands. She has also coauthored I’m a Spinosaurus: Bigger Than a T-Rex, In Loving Memory: A Child’s Journey to Understanding a Funeral and Starting the Grieving Process, and In Loving Memory: A Child’s Journey to Understanding a Cremation Funeral and Starting the Grieving Process.
Lacie’s family lovingly cared for two little dogs, Max, a sweet Bichon/Cairn Terrier mix, and Layla, a spunky Yorkie. Max and Layla were the best of friends. When Max died in 2018, Lacie saw that pets also grieve. Layla spent a moment with Max just after he passed, showing signs of sadness and grief. Lacie noticed that Layla needed extra cuddles and attention for a few months before he found a new normal. Things were becoming difficult for Layla in his old age, and he crossed the rainbow bridge in 2022. Lacie dedicates this book to Max and Layla.
Lacie lives with her family on a farm near Niagara, North Dakota. She is a licensed funeral director, serving families since 2005. She has a special interest in helping children through the grieving process. She has coauthored two children’s books: In Loving Memory: A Child’s Journey to Understanding a Funeral and Starting the Grieving Process, and In Loving Memory: A Child’s Journey to Understanding a Cremation Funeral and Starting the Grieving Process.