“Final Thoughts from a Dying Zen Dog” – New price of $9.95 on Amazon and $8.95 on our site

We’ ve lowered our book price to $9.95 on Amazon and $8.95 on our site in time for holiday shopping. Visit us for more info on the book and ordering. Happy holidays.



“Final Thoughts from a Dying Zen Dog” – Here’s our podcast interview with Authors talk about it

Here’s the link to Rich’s Authors talk about it podcast interview recorded on May 5 with Drs. Janelle and Rob Alex, Ph.D. The interview was tons of fun and covers much more than just the book. It’s really about the joys of living with dogs and the responsibilities that come with it. It also speaks to the philosophy and psychology of the book as well as some of the issues that arose while writing it. Hope you enjoy.




“Final Thoughts from a Dying Zen Dog” – the power of the human-dog bond

No matter what you think of Napoleon this for me is such a strong statement:

“This soldier, I realized, must have had friends at home and in his regiment; yet he lay there deserted by all except his dog. I looked on, unmoved, at battles which decided the future of nations. Tearless, I had given orders which brought death to thousands. Yet here I was stirred, profoundly stirred, stirred to tears. And by what? By the grief of one dog.”

Napoleon Bonaparte, on finding a dog beside the body of his dead master, licking his face and howling, on a moonlit field after a battle. Napoleon was haunted by this scene until his own death.


“Final Thoughts from a Dying Zen Dog” – Do dogs have the ability to think morally?

Back a few weeks ago I posted an article speaking to the latest research findings regarding dogs and thinking. That post resulted in several people writing to me wanting more information. So, I’ve found this piece on the Yale University’s Canine Cognition Research Center’s site and want to share it. It’s really quite fascinating.

It turns out that Yale’s relatively new research center has now tested about 300 dogs and has a waiting list of over 1,000 more for further studies. Yale is keying in on what appears to be three research questions at the moment; do dogs morally evaluate information in a way similar to humans, how tuned in are dogs to human emotions, and how observant are dogs in terms of knowing that their humans have missed an important piece of information and do they then try to alert their people.

The link below has a 3 minute video and short article that explain what they’re studying and learning.

Thanks and enjoy – Rich


“Final Thoughts from a Dying Zen Dog” – New book review from a veterinarian

A Wonderful Book from a Veterinarian’s Perspective April 27, 2015
By Kristine Collins *****
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is a unique story that is insightful and humorous even though the subject is about the closure of life. Julia is a Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) with a story to tell. The stories and chapters have many original facets. Life from a dog’s point of view certainly can give you a different perspective on ownership, breeding, the culture of humans and the bonding of humans and pets. I loved this book for many reasons: from the depth of the subject matter yet having the simplicity of a “dog’s” vocabulary, the culture changes of the years of the 60s and to life now. Julia’s insight into pets and the way they share their lives with us humans is something I see daily as a veterinarian. I believe the disappointments, fears, hope, and trust she experienced can be the same for so many dogs today. Their perspective of us depends on our treatment of them. She is an example of what positive people can do for a pet that just wants a bit of love. This is definitely a good read for anyone having a pet, wishing to have a pet or having had a pet. My staff loved the book, too!


“Final Thoughts from a Dying Zen Dog” – An interesting science article about what dogs think of us humans

Today is the three month anniversary since the release of my book and this has led me to do some reflecting. I find myself going back to the concept behind my book, what do dogs think about us, and the incredibly complex relationship we have as two intertwined species with a thirty thousand year history together. For those who have read my book know, these are primary issues that are addressed, and psychology is a longstanding interest of mine since before retirement I was a private practice psychotherapist. It was Julia, the voice of “Final Thoughts…,” whose entry into our family began my interest in dog psychology, behavior, and cognition. Research has always been a keen fascination of mine and a lot of reading occured before the idea behind the book even came to be.

Today while I was on-line I did a search looking for new studies relating to dog cognition and the human-dog relationship, and stumbled across this terrific article written by Theresa Fisher for Science.Mic on November 20, 2014. In her very articulate and easy to understand writing, Fisher summarizes the latest research findings from Mass General Hospital, Yale University, and a leading canine cognition center at the University in Budapest. I don’t want to give away the spoilers as I think this relatively brief article is a great (and feel good) read for dog folks and confirms that Julia indeed got it right in her book. Here’s the article link and be prepared to see that science proves that what you thought you knew about your dog is right.


Rich Kaye