Stories of Life after Divorce
Marriage & Good Marriages After
How do you get through a divorce
A must read book on how pets helps through divorce
wonderful reading experience, a must-read for anyone
going through relationship difficulties, and a reward
you should not deny yourself!" -- Willie Bunting,
Burke Center Operations for Substance Abuse &
2nd marriage secrets
Happy Tails Reviews
Recovery from Divorce
Happy Tails: How Pets Can Help You Survive Divorce
by Martha Sutton
easy to recognize an animal lover. You might notice
some dog or cat hair on the furniture, a cars
seat, or even clothing. Browsing through a family
photo album, there are Fidos, Fifis, Fluffys, Spots
or Sparkys in just about every photo.
Rogers takes us through a personal album of experiences
during her divorce recovery. In each shapshot, there
is a dog, cat, or small wild critter even a
horse. She loves animals and has devoted her life
to raising, rescuing, training, and observing them.
Julie has keen perceptions about animals and draws
parallelisms between how critters make their way into
our lives and how we humans can survive better with
story begins at a vulnerable time her life when she
is deciding whether to end her first marriage. She
guides us through eleven steps to recovery from divorce.
Through these steps, she recalls stories of animals
she has known. She draws excellent comparisons of
pets natural coping instincts to human behavior.
of us can easily relate to Julie making a U-turn at
a traffic light in Dallas to gently coax a young dog
off the median into the safety of her car. She takes
him home where she dials the number on his tag. Getting
a busy tone, she calls the operator to verify that
it is a working number. She has the call interrupted
and the situation explained. The grateful owner comes
over to pick up her dog and that is the end of that
Happy Tail. Only after sitting back and
relaxing does Julie think about the danger of recovering
the dog. She requests an annual report on the number
of accidents tallied for that quarter mile of road.
Two hundred accidents in the past year! Left alone,
that little dog didnt stand a chance!
following the steps to recovery from her divorce,
Julie meets Dr. Jim, who is in much the same situation.
Julie and Jim marry and work together to build a new
life, trying to shed their emotional baggage together.
as Julie is almost due to deliver their child, she
rescues their own wounded dog and races to a veterinary
office. Closed! She then hurries to Jims office,
where the two of them work to save their pet, a dog
that helped bring them together.
dog recovers nicely. Their son is born. Now Julie
and Jim have established their life together. They
are now living in the present, making memories of
all of us who enjoy canines, cats, and other critters,
this book is an easy and enjoyable read that encourages
us to relate to therapeutic aspects of our own pets.
Happy Tails is also a book for anyone enduring divorce,
and good reading, as well, for people undergoing major
life changes. Happy Tails is not only enjoyable reading
but also a common sense survival manual to rebuilding
a rich new life.
comforting and uplifting book for those struggling
with the ending of a relationship and searching for
emerging inner strength." -- Dwight Webb, Ph.D.,
Psychologist, University of New Hampshire
wonderful reading experience! I can't wait for Rogers'
next endeavor!" -- Willie Bunting, Social Worker"
see Happy Tails as a common sense manual to rebuilding
a rich new life." -- Martha Devlin Sutton, CKC
spiritually uplifting book for those struggling with
the ending of a relationship and searching for newness
in identity. -- Dwight Webb, Ph. D., Psychologist,
University of New Hampshire
Julie Rogers award-winning articles have been
featured in numerous self-help and inspirational publications,
including Coping With Cancer, Daily Meditation, The
Horsethiefs Journal, Anotherealm, and the annual
anthology Writes of Passage: Every Woman has a Story!
She is the 1999 Writers Digest Writing Competition
Grand Prize Winner for her short story "House Call."
Other awards include the 1997 Golden Triangle Writers
Guild First for the screenplay "Driver," the
1998 Writers Digest First for the stage play "Garage
Sale," a 1998 Writers Digest Honorable Mention
for the short story "Estate Sale," and a 2000
Writers Network Honorable Mention for the screenplay
"Killing Grounds." Rogers is a graduate of
Southern Methodist University and cofounder of Good
Shepherds Animal Assisted Therapy, a pet therapy group
serving Texas and Arkansas. She lives with her husband,
son, and their many pets in Arkansas.