Book Review: There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven by Sonya Fitzpatrick The Pet Psychic

I am going to begin this post with something that the vast majority of you already know: losing a beloved pet is one of the most awful experiences that we will endure in our lives.

there are no sad dogs in heaven

When my beloved “Soul Kitty” (Bobo) passed at the age of 18 in 2007 I felt as if he had taken my heart and soul with him. There were questions that haunted me and STILL haunt me to this day.

Did I have him put to sleep too soon?

Is he ok?

Where is he?

Did he know how much I loved him?

Does he miss me?

From the Penguin Group:”Our pets are part of the family. For many they’re as close as children; for some they may be our only children. And while most of us can expect that our children will outlive us, sadly, our pets almost never do.”

In my case I have never given birth to children of my own. My Bobo was the first pet (other than a hamster in college named “Cooch” whose death also broke my heart), that I had as an adult. There are many who don’t agree with viewing a pet as your “child”, but having no birth children of my own, Bobo WAS my child. We shared 18 incredible years together, they were probably full of more happiness and unconditional love than many birth children bring to their parents.

In THERE ARE NO SAD DOGS IN HEAVEN, Sonya Fitzpatrick addresses the questions that pet owners have after their pets have passed on.  This book brought me much comfort, even after all of these years.

Growing up on a farm in England, Sonya Fitzpatrick realized at an early age that she had a very special connection with animals. Her extensive work helping animals handle adversity has distinguished her as an expert in the field of animal communication. Sonya’s passion for animals and her understanding of the critical role they play in our lives provides a unique perspective on the way we need to interact with all of the animals in our world.

From Sonya Fitzpatrick: I fully understand and empathize with whatever pain and sorrow you may have felt at losing a beloved animal companion, and also to reassure you that your pet is still very much with you in the world of spirit.” In There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven “you will read the stories of many other people I have helped come to this understanding, and I profoundly wish that, as a result, you will feel the same sense of comfort, even in your grief, that I was able to bring them. As I provide answers to their questions, I hope they will answer many of yours as well.”

Pet owners will take comfort in the stories that are shared in this  sensitive and heartwarming book. There are stories about cats, dogs, birds, turtles, horses, even cows. No matter what the animal, when we share our lives with them they occupy a space in our heart that is broken upon their passing.

If you have had to experience the pain of losing a beloved pet, I urge you to read this book. If you know someone who has experienced that awful pain, purchase it for them. It will bring them much comfort, and will be something they can refer to again and again.

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I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of There Are No Sad Dogs in Heaven by Sonya Fitzpatrick for my honest review.





  1. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Oh there are days when all pet lovers need a book like this. I love it as a gift idea when a friend’s pet dies.

    I’m reading Dog and Butterfly right now! But, I’ll add this to my list.

  2. emma says:

    That sounds like a great book. Mom always wanted lots of children, but she got zero. As a little girl she dressed up her stuffed animals as babies…we think it was a sign that her pets would always be her babies, her children. Each one that has passed has left such a hole in her heart. Maybe I will buy the book for her since she doesn’t like to think about that kind of stuff? Really nice review.
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  3. Oh, sweet Dakota when we read your comment this morning we were sad. We gave you a “like” too. People “love” you and your blog and would probably rather see a “love” button on your blog but they don’t have those. Losing a beloved pet is so horrible there are not words to describe it. This sounds like a great book especially for someone who has lost a sweet pet for the first time. We don’t get to visit as much as we would like to and Mumsy don’t have much time for reading but we do enjoy your book reviews when we do visit you. Love, love, love you sweet Dakota, your sweet mom and sweet Cody! Hugs and nose kisses

  4. Hi Dakota, we have read some of Sonya Fitzpatrick’s other books and loved them. Mommy is going to get this one for us to read to, thanks for letting your Mom write this wonderful review of it.
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  5. This book sounds nice and comforting, especially in such a difficult time. It could be helpful for some friends right now. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Great review, will need to get this book. I know I will be there sooner than later and this may help me out in the end.
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  7. Putting this one on my reading list. And I agree, this would be such a nice gift!
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  8. Sounds like a wonderful book,

  9. I think we are not brave enough to read this book, although it’s important to read and think about this topic too. We still had a flash flood as we read the first sentences of your post. I know, we are scaredy-pants LOL
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  10. I’m definitely going to check out this book. It looks like a must-have for anyone who considers their pet a part of the family!
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  11. M said this sounds like a book she’d better get. She also says – yes, our beloved pets are like children to us. M has a human child who is all grown up now and married. But I’m like a child to her and she loves me every bit as much as she does my human sisfur. And, yes, she loves my human sisfur very much too.
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  12. Reilly & Denny says:

    I too have never had children so my fur babies have always been my babies and even though all my fur babies have lived way past their “normal” life span…I still always wonder “could I have done more. But one thing I have learnt over the years is the respect to give a fur baby I would want for myself. I don’t ever want to be made to hang on and linger in pain….just because my husband would miss me …..and that is how I look at it for my fur babies…their quality of life far outweighs any selfish need I may want to give them more quantity of life.

  13. Diane says:

    I have human children and fur babies and it is just awful when the fur babies pass. It takes a part of you, but they added so much while they were here that you are complete- just in a different way. Improved actually. This sounds like a wonderful book!

  14. Kuruk says:

    Pawesome review! Gotta get Mama to buy this book! Wooooowoooooo!
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  15. Oh, definitely need to check this one out. I agree – it would make a lovely gift for a friend who loses a pet.
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  16. Oh dear Dakota! For someone who has lost way too many pet friends over the years, this book is perfect! Thank you.
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  17. Sounds like a very interesting read. Lee and Phod
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  18. Thank you so much for highlighting this wonderful book. Mommy hopes she doesn’t need it for a while, but she’s afraid that she’s going to be even more devastated when she loses me than the was when she lost Talbot, the Golden Retriever who preceded me, and there were days that she didn’t think she would survive that.
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  19. Jan K says:

    This book sounds wonderful, and like something we all need. I still struggle with the death of some of my pets from many years ago too.
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  20. Sounds like a great book!
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  21. Jodi says:

    I still wonder at times about previous pets. It sounds like a good book.
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