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  • Member Spotlight: Dan Carrison

    Dan Carrison, Author of Bill at Rainbow Bridge

    Hello Bulldog Lovers,

    My name is Dan Carrison. The moderators at English Bulldog News thought you might be interested in the story behind Bill at Rainbow Bridge, written for the owners of departed pets.

    To begin with, I am a bulldog-lover. I think the English Bulldog is one of Godís greatest creations. Iím also a writer. You can Google me, but, to make a long story short, I write business books. Or, that is, I didóuntil my beloved bulldog Bill passed away.

    Dan's bully Bill, RIP

    When Bill died, at age 10, it seemed that part of me died, too. He was the joy of my life and, without him, life seemed emptier. My wife, who was very sympathetic during this time, said to me one morning: ďYouíre a writer; why donít you write about Bill?Ē

    So, I began writing about Bill; but it wasnít as therapeutic as Iíd hoped. Thatís because I was remembering Bill, and the pain in my heart was almost unbearable. One morning at my desk, I realized that I didnít want to remember Bill; I wanted to be with him. I wanted to pal along with my buddy, as he had adventuresóand met new friendsóat Rainbow Bridge, on the threshold of the afterlife.

    And thatís when I began writing Bill at Rainbow Bridge.

    The book is written from two perspectives: Billís (at Rainbow Bridge) and that of his former owner, David, who is learning to cope with the loss of his best friend.

    The response from readers has been incredible, and humbling. There are, to date, 187 emotional and heartfelt reviews on Amazon. As a writer, I know how difficult it is to get a customer review (most people just donít want to take the time, even if they loved the book). This number, which is growing every day, is very gratifying.

    There are more customer reviews on Amazon for Bill at Rainbow Bridge, in fact, than for any of my business books. So many that Iíve had to upgrade my website, Bill at Rainbow Bridge - Written for the Owners of Departed Pets.

    Pet loss is such a difficult kind of grief. You feel doubly alone: your best friend has left you, and not all of your associates and co-workers understand the profundity of your sorrow. I know that the death of any cherished family pet can be very hard on the owners, but the death of a bullie may be even more so; their faces are so Churchillian, and so vulnerable, that it seems as if you have lost a human being.

    Writing Bill at Rainbow Bridge was a great comfort to me, because I could be with my Bill again, as he played and frolicked with his news buddies at Rainbow Bridge. It also helped me come to terms with my loss. And, Iím happy to say that, judging by the reviews, it has helped others, as well.

    Dan Carrison

    Comments 10 Comments
    1. LariP's Avatar
      LariP -
      Thank you Dan for sharing your story with us. I know it has helped many people deal with the loss of their pets.
    1. Davidh's Avatar
      Davidh -
      It's nice to read about Dan, he has written a great book, and his beloved Bill was such a beautiful bully.
    1. JAKEISGREAT's Avatar
      What a great response to such a sad time in your life. Especially when it helps so many other people who love their critters with ALL their heart. Thank you...
    1. kazzy220's Avatar
      kazzy220 -
      I have often wondered about the story behind the writing of you book, so this was a very touching article to read.Thank you for sharing your pain and showing us how to come to terms with the loss of our bully friends.You have helped so many people, and continue to do so every day through your story.
    1. Vicaroo1000's Avatar
      Vicaroo1000 -
      Since losing Mable was so difficult for me, I avoid threads where it MIGHT look like "bad news". I'm glad I got brave this morning and clicked on this story. This is a "must have" for my bulldog library. I'm sure of it. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us.
    1. cali~jenn's Avatar
      cali~jenn -
      Thank you Dan for sharing your story. You truly have helped many many bulldog parents go thru a loss that is just horrific. Your generosity has touched many! Your story has brought tears to my eyes of course, thank you for sharing with us.
    1. Bella'sMom's Avatar
      Bella'sMom -
      Thank you for sharing. You book has touched so many and we are lucky to have you as part of our community.
    1. TessaAndSamson's Avatar
      TessaAndSamson -
      It's so wonderful that you were able to write a book that was able to help you thru such a tough time and in the end so many others as well. Thank you so much for sharing your story Dan
    1. Dalia55's Avatar
      Dalia55 -
      Lovely book thank you for sharing it with others
    1. Dana F's Avatar
      Dana F -
      I wanted to say that I received your book today. It took me all day to read it. I would read a little and start crying and had to put it down. It was a very good book. Bill like all the other bullies are very special to us all. Thank you for sharing our story with us. May God bless you! Dana