Book review and giveaway: Forever Paws by Christine Davis

Forever Paws cover

I first came across Christine Davis’ books when a friend gave me a copy of For Every Cat an Angel after Virginia, my first office cat at the animal hospital I ran for eight years, passed away. That was ten years ago. To this day, the little book lies on an end table in my living room, a lovely reminder of a cat who took a little piece of my heart when she left, the way they all do. I have since given a copy of this little book, and of For Every Dog an Angel, to friends who lost beloved pets. Both books celebrate the love we have for our special pets.

And now, there’s a new book by Christine Davis, Forever Paws, a book that will help heal the heart after saying good bye to a special friend. Just before Christmas last year, the author unexpectedly lost her beloved cat Dickens to a cancer noone even knew he had until a few hours before his passing. Chris had barely caught her breath when she learned that Dickens’ brother, her forever cat Pippin, also had cancer. He died a few days after Dickens.

The last thing Chris wanted to do after suffering so much loss so close together was write another book. But she kept hearing the words “Remember what you are feeling – there’s another book to be written” over and over. Chris realized that the words were, as she put it, “a loving gift from my precious feline friends…a sort of cosmic ‘thump on the head’ to keep me on my path!” Cats have a way of doing that to us.

We’re all fortunate that Chris listened to her departed cats, and Forever Paws was born. The book is heart touching and delightful. Even though I had tears flowing down my face as I was reading it, I also smiled through my tears and felt a sense of comfort and peace as I thought about the cats I lost. Feebee, Virginia, Amber, Buckley – all of them left their forever paw prints on my heart. Like Chris, I believe that one day, when my time on earth has ended, my cats will be waiting for me on the other side of the bridge, and, as Chris puts it, “our paw prints and hearts will be forever entwined.”

Chris offers this book “for any  animal lover who is missing a  much-loved furry companion.  I hope you will be comforted  by the vibrant colors and joyful  critters – that’s what Dickens and Pippen showed me! On those days when you’re feeling lost, and the tears  won’t end, remember a gift  has been left on your heart  that will one day light your way back to the four-legged  friend who loves you.”

Forever Paws at the river

The book does that, and so much more. The combination of Chris’ whimsical illustrations, like the one above, and her beautiful words, touches a place deep in your soul. And the cat magic provided by Dickens and Pippin just may fill in some of the holes our beloved cats leave in our hearts when they pass.

For more information about Forever Paws and Chris’ other books, please visit the Lighthearted Press website.

Christine Davis has generously offered to give one autographed and personalized copy to one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win this book. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, and post the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Friday, December 16.

Chris is also offering a special 20% discount to Conscious Cat readers only for the month of December: enter code CONSCIOUSCAT in the coupon section in the shopping cart to claim your discount.

This book was sent to me by the author.

45 Comments on Book review and giveaway: Forever Paws by Christine Davis

  1. Cheryl J
    December 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Looks like a great book. It would be a great gift for someone that has recently lost a pet.

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  2. Cathy - mom of Angel Gigi
    December 16, 2011 at 10:18 am (8 years ago)

    It sounds like just the book we need ! Two weeks ago we had to help our dear sweet Gigi to the Rainbow Bridge. Everything I think of her a tear comes to my eye — I miss her soooo much. I miss that she doesn’t greet us at the door, had an incredibly loud purr, sleeps by my husband’s head in bed, lays curled up in front of the fire enjoying the heat, snoozing in a sunbeam. And our other cat, Oliver, misses curling up with her and playing.

    She was diagnosed with mammary cancer in September and we all did our best to help her fight it with immune boosting herbs and homeopathy, but the cancer won. She died in my arms, cradled with love. She is out of her pain now and with her other pal Willy while she waits for us.

    We know the pain of her loss will always remain, but it will subside in time. This book sounds very interesting and a must have for cat lovers. They always capture a place in our heart.

    Happy Holidays to you.

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  3. Kathi
    December 3, 2011 at 1:45 am (8 years ago)

    It is always so difficult to read of people’s loss of their fur kids, I have lost a few but there has been only one “soul kitty”. When O’Malley passed unexpectedly while I was away over night, I was truly not sure if I would make it through. The first two weeks I cried all day every day and was sure that my heart was so fractured it could not possibly continue beating. It felt as though my heart had just died. It really took a full year to start moving forward and just over two years later I can say that I still think of him several times a day and miss him so very much. Even though it was the most difficult thing I ever experienced, I would not trade one second of my time with him. Love the illustration of Rainbow Bridge and would certainly love to win the book. The idea that I will see him again one day is a source of great joy.

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  4. Kimberley
    December 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm (8 years ago)

    I lost my beloved Siamese, Sugar, a while ago. I wish someone had given this book to me then. If I win this book maybe I can do that for someone else.

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  5. DeniseL
    December 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you for telling us about these books.

    In September, 2009, my beautiful kitty Hannah passed away suddenly at the age of 14. I had noticed she was losing weight, and after some basic tests, left her overnight with the vet. Sadly, the next morning, the vet told me she had passed, thankfully in their arms – but without me by her side.

    Last year, my sweet sheltie Onyx developed a rare intestinal disease – lymphangiectasia. Although we thought we had it under control, she suddenly collapsed at home one Saturday, and passed within seconds. As heartbreaking as that was, I was grateful to have been there with her.

    Finally, last Saturday, after 17 wonderful years together, my beloved tortie, Teaka, passed from kidney failure. It hurts so much right now, I don’t know if my heart will ever mend after losing these treasured furry companions, three years in a row. And every time I look at the two beautiful senior dogs resting at my feet, I wonder which one will be next and when will it happen….

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    • Ingrid
      December 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm (8 years ago)

      Denise, I’m so sorry for all your losses – that’s an awful lot of loss in such a short time. They all take a piece of our hearts with them, and sometimes it feels like there’s nothing left, yet somehow, we always seem to find the strength to love again. My heart goes out to you.

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      • Chris Davis
        December 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm (8 years ago)

        Denise, that is too much loss for a heart to have to endure – I’m so very sorry. I know those beautiful senior doggies by your feet will be a comfort to you as you remember your belovedTeaka, Onyx and Hannah.

        Hugs from me and the kitties,
        Chris

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        • DeniseL
          December 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm (8 years ago)

          Thank you, Ingrid & Chris, for your kind words.

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  6. Michelle
    December 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm (8 years ago)

    I lost two of my fur-babies this year. Mickey, my 19 year old cat who had CRF and hyper-thyroid, but finally had to be euthanized due to his oral cancer and inability to eat. Although he was 19 and it was expected, it was still a painful experience. Then just three months later on October 6, my precious baby & the light of my household, my dog Betty died from a reaction to a painkilling drug. A drug I gave her for her arthritis, but it ended up killing her. One day she was fine, the next day she was ill and within two days she died alone in a cage at a vet. I feel as if I killed her. She was only 13 and had had a perfect blood test in January. Now my lap cat Hannah is suffering from CRF and beginning to not eat as much so I am forced to start her on medications which she hates. And Betty’s dog-buddy Kobie, is failing now too. It’s been such a rough year. I miss Mickey and Betty so much. They were my two most enthusiastic turkey-eaters at Thanksgiving. (I’m a vegetarian, but I buy turkey for my babies). The house is so empty without them and so sad because of Hannie and Kobie.

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    • Jody Vernay
      December 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm (8 years ago)

      Hugs to you Michelle.

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    • Ingrid
      December 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m so sorry for all your losses, and the rough year you’re having, Michelle. Sometimes, the price we pay for loving these wonderful creatures seems almost too high, but then again, none of us would ever want to have missed even one moment we had with them. Try and treasure the time you have left with Hannah and Kobie.

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  7. Chris Davis
    December 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm (8 years ago)

    Ingrid, thank you so much for sharing my new book with your readers! The comments have touched me deeply, but I always say the best part of writing my books has been connecting with other animal lovers and sharing our stories. No one understands the heartbreaking pain of loss better than another person who shares their life with fur!

    Perhaps some of your angel critters have met up with my beloved Pippen, and they’re flying together through the stars. As for Dickens, I just know he’s at the Woofs N’ Purrs Diner, checking out the daily special!

    Purrs,
    Chris Davis

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    • Ingrid
      December 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm (8 years ago)

      My pleasure, Chris. I think our lost loved ones are having quite the purr party tonight.

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  8. yvette
    December 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I would like to win this book because I m still thinking of my cat Teefus who died last year. I will read it to me other cat Olivia she misses Teefus too.

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  9. Sally Knight
    December 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm (8 years ago)

    I love the illustration you’ve shared with us! We had to say goodbye to 8 cats in the years my husband and I have been together. Currently we are guardians to 7 indoor cats. It is unlikely they’ll all outlive us. Pet loss is a serious issue for us.

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  10. Ingrid
    December 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm (8 years ago)

    I usually don’t comment on the giveaway posts, but I just wanted to jump in here and tell you how deeply some of your comments are touching my heart. Sometimes, an ordinary blog posts turns into something special. I’m honored that you’re comfortable sharing your stories of loss here, where everyone understands.

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  11. Cheryl J
    December 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm (8 years ago)

    Sounds like a great book and I love the illustrations. It is hard to lose a family member- they always hold a special place in our hearts.

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  12. Phoenix
    December 2, 2011 at 11:41 am (8 years ago)

    My true sympathies to Christine for her loss. I relate all too well to her experience, & thank her for honouring her cats by writing this book.

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  13. Luanne
    December 2, 2011 at 11:27 am (8 years ago)

    I’m still having a hard time getting over the sudden loss of my Rusty-Dawg 2.5 yrs ago. I have a house full of senior dogs & cats, the oldest cat being 24 yrs old and the oldest dog being 20 yrs old so I know my heart is going to be broken over the next while (hopefully years). Currently, my Spencer kitty is not well at all and it may be his time. Praying it’s not and hoping he’ll pull through but if he doesn’t I’m going to be a wreck and a book like this will hopefully help me deal with it and with the loss of my Rusty.

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  14. Reneda Baer
    December 2, 2011 at 10:29 am (8 years ago)

    I’m so sorry that Christine lost her babies. Especially so close together. Losing our Smidgen this past August has been devastating to me, but to lose two and so close together would be beyond heartbreaking. It says something about her and the love they all shared that she was able to write this book to help others through such a difficult time. I would love to have a copy.
    I hope she’s finding peace in her heart.

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  15. Cynthia Southern
    December 2, 2011 at 9:44 am (8 years ago)

    I just won a shirt from Three Dogz so I will say how much this book sounds. I too will let someone else win this book. I love the picture of the Rainbow Bridge that is in this book. The quote ‘our paw prints and hearts will be forever entwined’ gives one hope that our pets and us will be reunited after death in heaven/Rainbow Bridge. This book will be perfect for those who are suffering grief from the loss of a beloved cat. The last cat I lost was Puff, six years ago. I still miss her.

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  16. Layla Morgan Wilde
    December 2, 2011 at 9:02 am (8 years ago)

    What appeals to me is the charming illustrations make it accessible to a younger reader as well; perhaps a child experiencing the loss of their first pet.

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  17. bonnie
    December 2, 2011 at 8:28 am (8 years ago)

    Looks like a wonderful book. I would like to have it myself but can think of so many friends who could be comforted by this book. A great addition to everyone’s library 🙂

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  18. bonnie
    December 2, 2011 at 8:27 am (8 years ago)

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  19. Jody Vernay
    December 2, 2011 at 9:21 am (8 years ago)

    I have shared about this book and giveaway on Facebook, I don’t know what you mean by “post the link”, but if you go to my profile page, you will see it on there. Thank you

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  20. Connie
    December 2, 2011 at 8:20 am (8 years ago)

    For Ollie, for Emmy, for Smokey, for Cupcake, and for all the fosters who have passed.

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  21. Jody Vernay
    December 2, 2011 at 9:16 am (8 years ago)

    oh my, Chris’s story really hits home with me. I just lost my HOBO, a big brown tabby and love of my life, this past October. He was almost 15 years old and had never been sick a day in his life. I mean NEVER! One afternoon he started acting “weird” , had an absent look in his eyes, hugging the walls and turning only left. I thought maybe he had bumped his head or had a tiny stroke. I just knew he would recover soon! When we went to the vet, he said my Hobo had severe and advanced heart disease! The lack of blood to his brain was causing his odd behavior. I was devastated. His disease was so advanced there wasn’t really any course of action to be taken. He had been so healthy up to this point. I just knew he would be with me into his 20’s!
    About 1 week later, he appeared to have a heart attack, or heart failure and left me. I have his picture all over my house. I still can not believe he is gone. He was a special one. He looked you right in the eye, and knew just what you were saying. He was feisty and sweet and such a lover. He was truly like my child.
    I would really appreciate reading Chris’s book, about coping with his loss. Sounds like she had a very similar experience, my heart goes out to her. I also have Hobo’s sister, Marmalade, thank goodness. To loose two like that so suddenly, oh my, I can’t even think of it.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

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    • Reneda Baer
      December 2, 2011 at 10:36 am (8 years ago)

      I’m so sorry about your loss. We recently lost our old man too [18yrs old]. Like you with Hobo, I thought Smidgen would live forever. Losing one is never easy, but when they’ve been a part of your life for so long, it seems especially difficult. I’m glad you have Marmalade to help ease the pain of his loss.

      You’ll be in my thoughts,
      Reneda

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      • Jody Verbat
        December 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm (8 years ago)

        Thank you Reneda, It was so nice of you to comment!

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        • Jody Vernay
          December 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm (8 years ago)

          woops! it’s me, Jody Vernay….lol

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      • Jody Vernay
        December 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm (8 years ago)

        Reneda, Thank you for your kind words!

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    • Ingrid
      December 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm (8 years ago)

      Jody, I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved cat is always hard, but when it’s with so little warning as it was with Hobo, it’s even harder. My heart goes out to you.

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      • Jody Vernay
        December 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm (8 years ago)

        Thank you Ingrid!!

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    • Chris Davis
      December 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm (8 years ago)

      Jody, I’m so very sorry for your loss – Hobo’s story sounds a lot like what I went through. Dickens had been misdiagnosed with a thyroid problem – I only learned he was filled with cancer the morning I lost him. I thought he would live into his 20s, too.

      How is Marmalade doing? I hope she’ll be with you for many more years. I’m blessed to still have Molly and Star, the surviving sisters to Dickens and Pippen. Hopefully they’ll be around to keep me on my toes…ah, paws… for a long time!

      Hugs,
      Chris Davis

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      • Jody Vernay
        December 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm (8 years ago)

        Thank you Chris. Marmalade is a tiny little girl who acts like she is stuck being a kitten. She is curious and silly and loving….actually she has really “come into her own” since Hobo has been gone. He was always kind of a bully to her, and I think she felt a bit intimidated by him, always on guard in preparation for an “attack”. She would be minding her own business and he would just decide she should be jumped on and held down for a bit. He never hurt her, but just wanted her to know who was in charge! After a week or two she stopped looking around like she was checking for him sneaking up on her. She has become very vocal, which I love, and is definitely keeping me busy brushing and snuggling and playing. Thank you again for your kind words. It lessons the hurt, knowing others truly understand how much we can love them, and how much it hurts to loose them. Hugs to you too!

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        • Chris Davis
          December 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm (8 years ago)

          Jody, perhaps Hobo’s gift to Marmalade was leaving a sacred space where she could “step into her own.” She sounds like a very special girl!

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  22. Anna
    December 2, 2011 at 7:52 am (8 years ago)

    Ingrid I have tears in my eyes right now… This must be such a touching book, your words are so wonderful and even if I don’t know Christine’s books, your words conveyed their beauty.
    I’m not sure if this giveaway is open to international readers, but if it is I would definitely love to have this book, because I’m still missing my furry sisters E.T, Nerina and Little White Paws (who left for the Bridge at ages 17 1/2 to 18 1/2 between 2008 and 2009) each and every day, and I think this book would be very comforting.

    Thank you dear Ingrid for addressing this hard subject on your wonderful blog, this is very helpful to all of us who have lost a beloved kitty.

    Hugs!

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  23. Stacey
    December 2, 2011 at 7:48 am (8 years ago)

    What a gorgeous book! As my cats age and the one continues to successfully battle his life long illness, I think the gorgeous illustrations this book would be a great way to show my three year old son where animals go after they cross the Rainbow Bridge. He has been devastated since we lost our dog in May. These vibrant illustrations would be a great way to show him that when an animal crosses the bridge it isn’t sad for them, but a happy colourful place full of animal friends. As we prepare for the crossing of our beloved cat, I think this book would help soften the heartache for all of us once he is gone but would really help show my son that even though our animal friends are gone, they are in a happy place.

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  24. caren gittleman
    December 2, 2011 at 7:41 am (8 years ago)

    This book looks wonderful. I would love to be entered to win it please. My beloved Angel Bobo passed in 2007 and it sounds as if this would have been a huge comfort.

    There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of my “Soul Kitty” and when I read the above description of the kitties at the Rainbow Bridge (in the illustration) I knew I just HAVE to have this book…please enter me…thank you!

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  25. Anita
    December 2, 2011 at 7:40 am (8 years ago)

    So glad Christine honored the message of her heart, and shared its message in this book. As I experience emotions following the passing of my beloved Mitzy, this book would sure to bring some comfort. I would be grateful to win a copy.

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  26. Tammy
    December 2, 2011 at 7:23 am (8 years ago)

    What a beautiful book! Would love to give it to my sister to add to her cat library

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  27. Deborah Julian
    December 2, 2011 at 7:53 am (8 years ago)

    This sounds like a beautiful book. My heart goes out to Christine after unexpectedly losing her cats so close together. I know the pain of losing a beloved cat, who will be with me forever like a paw print on my heart. I would love to win a copy.

    Deborah Julian
    http://www.DeborahJulian.etsy.com

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  28. Max the Quilt Cat
    December 2, 2011 at 6:11 am (8 years ago)

    That looks like a great book. So glad she went through the tough process of writing. So many will benefit from it. I just won the NEKO fly contest, so I’ll let someone else enter this one. I’m on my way to tweet about your contest though.

    Have a great day.

    pawhugs, Max

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    • Ingrid
      December 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing, Max.

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