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.