Happy Book Birthday: Dogs and Humans

Cover images from "The Mortality of Dogs and Humans" including a watercolor of a Labrador retriever.

Happy launch day to my chapbook “The Mortality of Dogs and Humans.”

Happy Birthday To The Mortality of Dogs and Humans

A pink typewriter with pink camellias set on top and the words "Happy Birthday!!!" across it.

Today’s the launch day for my chapbook The Mortality of Dogs and Humans.

I added it here on School Library Lady because I think it will appeal to teens. For many young people, their first experience of grief will be the loss of the family dog. I think this little chapbook will help them get through that and remind them of the beauty that dogs bring to their lives. Since this is a chapbook (70ish pages), it would sit well on a spinner or tabletop display with books for reluctant readers/’quick reads/grab and go.’

I think the two quotes below do a good job of defining it. I hope you enjoy it. It’s time for me to have a piece of cake. 😉

The Core of “Dogs and Humans”

“In her chapbook memoir, The Mortality of Dogs and Humans, Victoria Waddle explores her (our) relationship with dogs, the joy and comfort of their companionship, and the lessons they can teach us about being better humans.  By sharing her memories of Fletcher and Zainy, she shows everyone else what dog people already know:  that dogs are individuals (with specific personalities, quirks, and anxieties, just like the rest of us) and how our relationship with them changes from one dog to the next.  She shows how it is through their interaction with dogs that the truth of a person is revealed.  This book is an examination of our responsibility to those we love, and the (sometimes impossible) difficulty of taking care of them, especially those who are beyond our communication. Waddle captures the pain of deciding when, exactly, a dog is suffering more than living and, in comparison, forces the reader to wonder why we allow our beloved elderly to suffer more than our beloved pets.  Dog people, as they read this book, will instantly get it.  Cat people will get it.  Non pet owners, those poor lost souls, will get it (and they might even be converted).”

—Tim Hatch, poet and author of Wild Embrace

From a Search and Rescue Dog Handler

“Victoria is able to share the realities of the love and loss of our most precious furbabies in an honest way that we can all relate to. Her sharing of her experiences, her devotion, and resilience, are heartfelt and heartbreaking. Also relating to her personal family struggles and loss make this a story that brings home what love really is all about.”

—Randi Lui, former Search and Rescue K9 handler and Dog Unit Leader

The Mortality of Dogs and Humans is available from the publisher, Barnes and Noble, Bookshop, and Amazon.


About Victoria Waddle

I'm a high school librarian, formerly an English teacher. I love to read and my mission is to connect people with the right books. To that end, I read widely--from the hi-lo for reluctant high school readers to the literary adult novel for the bibliophile.
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1 Response to Happy Book Birthday: Dogs and Humans

  1. Nancy says:

    Congrats!! 📚

    Sent from my iPhone


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