Contribution to Chicken Soup for the Soul

I think most bookshelves will have had a Chicken Soup for the Soul book on them at one point. I loved the books growing up and often received the dog-themed ones as gifts. So, how cool is it that one of my stories is in the Fall 2021 Chicken Soup book titled My Hilarious, Heroic, Human Dog!
Chicken Soup for the Soul

As a fairly private person, the story I contributed is deeply personal…so much so that after the initial excitement of having my story selected, I contemplated declining. Having said that, while I write to indulge my imagination, I also write as a way to heal. So… on page 297 you’ll find my story Just Be There. It’s a story of grief. My grief. The grief I experienced following the death of my husband. It’s a story of my bulldog Ruka. Wild Ruka. Stubborn Ruka. Yet, it’s a story of how she showed me her incredibly intuitive side and helped me through an unimaginable time in my life. I never imagined I would be an author of one of those stories that had me reaching for a full Kleenex box, but here I am. And while I certainly wish I didn’t have this story to share, I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to share it, with the hope that it may just reach someone who needs to read it.

I have learned a lot about grief over the years, and what I know is that where there is grief, there is love (and I’m purposely using present tense). I truly hope that my story doesn’t only bring tears of sadness to those who read it, but that it brings tender reminders to love deeply. So, cozy up with a cup of tea and maybe even a blanket. This edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul is the best one yet!

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Kathryn Kazoleas

Kathryn is a Canadian author. She has written the middle grade chapter books Dog Park and Dog Daycare, and has many more books swirling around in her imagination just waiting to be written. She lives with her dog Koa and her cat Keeva who work as her copy editors and expert distractors.

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