People have asked me why I wrote Finding Forever and the number one reason is that I wanted to change people’s perspective about their animal companions. I wanted to illustrate the volumes we can learn and the rewards we can reap when we really pay attention to our pets.
Before reading Finding Forever, people might have wondered…what can I learn from a group of abandoned German Shepherds seeking their forever homes? The answer may well surprise us all: We can learn profound life lessons. In 2009, I tragically lost my beloved German Shepherd, Blitz. Soon thereafter, I began volunteering for a local Shepherd rescue group. Now more than ever, I thought, I can really understand these deserted dogs’ shock, pain, and sadness. And I was ready to immerse myself in their healing.
So imagine my surprise when, instead, it was I who was being healed. As the weeks and months passed, the abandoned Shepherds were teaching me profound lessons about life. One dog at a time, one story at a time, I was learning new, often-eye-opening things about hope, faith, love, courage, forgiveness, healing, perseverance, and more. And I felt called to impart those lessons to the world.
In my book “Finding Forever,” I share awe-inspiring stories and their life-altering lessons for the rest of us. As readers, you’ll come to know 26 truly remarkable rescue dogs, including: strapping Spartacus, who illustrates the incredible beauty of opening a broken heart; Patience and Eve, both pint-sized and pregnant, who reveal the staggering power of friendship; and gentle, bunny-soft Annica, who teaches us the untold importance of living with a higher purpose. Animals are wise and wonderful teachers. They show us, among other things, what it means to love fully, deeply, and unconditionally; to live without judgment; and to forgive even those who have hurt us most.
I’ve had readers tell me that they will never look at their animal companions the same way after reading Finding Forever and that the book changed their perspective about the animal kingdom. That’s why I believe that books can change everything. And that’s why I wrote Finding Forever. Today, I am a tireless crusader for animal rescue. As founder and executive director of Finding Forever, a foundation dedicated to raising money and awareness through writing and arts projects, I have helped numerous animal rescue groups, sanctuaries, and charities. I believe everyone has the power to help change the world. .