PAW PRINTS IN MY HEART, Life lessons learned from the dog of my life, by Andrew Hessel


‘’Here’s to Great Dogs Everywhere”

There is nothing I love more than books that speak to, and touch the heart.

Paw Prints In My Heart by Andrew Hessel is one of those books.

Dog lovers everywhere will be able to relate to the undying devotion expressed by Andrew Hessel in one of the most loving tributes from a man to his dog that I have had the pleasure of reading.


Normally in my reviews I spend time writing about how a book impacted me, in this case, I feel that MY words would detract from the words that Andrew Hessel has shared in the Foreword for Paw Prints In My Heart. Andrew’s words say more and convey more feeling than I could ever hope to:

Paw Prints in My Heart is Mac’s story.

I think of it as my gift to our family and all of his friends, two and four-legged, that had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and being loved by this magnificent old Labrador retriever. It’s my best attempt to capture and chronicle a remarkable life, the pain and sadness of his passing, but most of all, his joyful impact upon us over what truly was a most improbable life of fourteen years and a day. A reverent and grateful tribute to a gentle and pure spirit that for me will always be a living reminder of a loving friend in the very truest sense.

Andrew and Mac

Andrew and “Mac”

In every way, this book was a labor of love and a joy to write. Parts will make you laugh, and others may bring you to tears, so a tissue at times may be advised. But I have the highest hopes that you’ll read it, enjoy it, and connect in ways that only you can understand. Maybe even share it with friends that might understand and pass it along, as a comfort for a true friend they’ve lost, and for what they’ve experienced, and a way for them to remember the laughter and happy times through their tears.

I hope dog lovers everywhere read this book and see a bit of their dog in Mac.

I hope that the non-dog lovers amongst us read this book and reconsider.

I hope that everyone has at least one dog of their life in their life.

My first novel Rush to Dawn, was, in many ways a love letter to my wife, Lynne.

This book, I’d like to believe, is a love letter from Mac to all of us.


“Mac” from Andrew’s website

I urge you to pick up a copy and join Andrew as he takes us on a journey through life with he and Mac, who Andrew describes as “The finest dog I’ll ever know.”

May we all be blessed to have even ONE of these dogs in our lifetime, and may these special, unselfish, undemanding and eternally loving dogs be blessed to share their lives with those who share the same passion and devotion. Thank you Mac for being the epitome of “Man’s best friend” and THANK YOU Andrew for sharing his incredible life, love and spirit with ALL of us!


To learn more about Andrew Hessel

I was not compensated for this review. I was honored to be contacted by Andrew Hessel and offered a copy of this special book, in exchange for my honest review.


  1. This sounds like another great book for my to-be-read list! Thanks for introducing it to me. ☺
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  2. Sounds like a wonderful book and tribute to a man’s best friend 🙂 we with pups are lucky so lucky..they fill a place in your heart that needs fur 🙂 xxxxxxxxx Bev
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  3. OMD…mom got all teary eyed just reading the Foreward – she is SUCH a softie when it comes to us furkids.
    Thank you for sharing Dakota – we will add it to mom’s wishlist for Christmas 🙂
    Wally & Sammy
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  4. We totally agree with Wallace and Samuel…. Mom was all choked up just reading all about this book. Books like these weigh so heavy on her heart. As we get older, Mom just can’t think of what “that” day will be like. Mom said she should buy this book and put it away for the future (which we hope is far, far, far away!!)

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  5. Ohhhh… if the book is as dear as Mac’s face, it’s sure to be a hit.
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  6. Sounds like a truly amazing book. Our lives are enriched by having these wonderful four-legged fur babies in them.
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  7. Clowie says:

    That sounds like a good one to put on my list.
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  8. I’m sure it’s a great book for all who love dogs. The author and Mac look so great together, bet it’s written with love :o)
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  9. Mary says:

    Looks like a very nice read. And what a lucky guy.
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  10. Tina says:

    We lost Sandy, aka The Wonder Dog, a few years ago, and I still get choked up. Good friends touch our hearts in this way, I guess, no matter how many legs they have.
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  11. Sue says:

    Sounds like such a great book! Sharing.

  12. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    What a wonderful way to honor a special dog! It’s hard reading books where the dog dies, because that pain never really goes away. But the pain is worth it, what would life be without a dog to share it with?

  13. Another great read. Thanks for sharing!
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  14. This sounds like a great book! What a lovely way to remember a friend!
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  15. It sounds like a truly lovely book! I’ll have to sniff it out!

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  16. Thanks for bringing this book to our attention. One to look for and read. I had that one dog of a life. I hope I do have another.
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  17. I like books about dogs woof
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  18. You sure get to read a variety of books! Lucky you!
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  19. At this point in my life I can certainly relate after having lived with Leo. Thanks Dakota
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  20. Hi Caren,

    That sure sounds like a glowing recommendation! I’ll get Mum to add it to her list! 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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  21. Sounds like a great book.
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  22. Karen C says:

    This book sounds wonderful and I was so happy to come across this post. As a book enthusiast and dog lover I am always looking for new reads about them! This book really reminds me of a book I recently read called “Watson’s Way” by author Joel Lund ( that I would love to recommend. I was truly touched by the sincerity and love that the author put into this book. Using a family dog named Watson to teach us about the struggles of life and growing up, Mr. Lund explores many subjects that touched my heart. Primarily aimed towards teens (but a great read for all ages) this book is a wonderful teaching tool focused on what our pets can teach us about life. It really touches on subjects that many people struggle with and expresses solutions and coping strategies through the use of a beloved family pet. I think for readers that go out and buy “Paw Prints in my Heart” (which I definitely will!) perhaps “Watson’s Way” is another one to add to the list too!

  23. This book is a definite one for Story Time. Us kitties will love it as much as mom and dad.

    Thanks pal,

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