Flash’s Song, by Kay Pfaltz, Skyhorse Publishing, September 2013
What if most people have it wrong, and miracles are not the exception but the norm? Life can transform in the blink of an eye. But life can also transform in the change of a thought. Flash’s Song is the true account of how one person discovered the secret to miracles…through love. The love of a dog.
Flash’s Song interlaces two stories and two souls, human and dog, to make one. It is a story which speaks to the power of laughter, the power of art, the power of family and ultimately the power of love to get us through life.
So unfolds a unique love story which offers the keys to change lives. From the love of one animal—in this case a tiny dachshund—Kay develops a love for all living things and from there…the power to transform life’s tragedies into blessings. Heartwarming, heartbreaking and soul illuminating, the story of one little dog offers one big miracle.
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Freelance writer Kay Pfaltz was living a quiet, simple life with three beloved dogs when her life turned upside down. In addition to struggling after a failed relationship, she must take her ten-pound miniature dachshund, Flash, to have back surgery. Back surgery in itself is traumatic but then the vet tells Kay that Flash’s problem is not a disk but in fact a tumor growing on his spine. Flash has, at most, three weeks to live. Kay is devastated. Yet sometimes behind the darkest clouds there is light. From here begins a journey of self discovery that opens Kay’s heart to the greatest miracle of all.
Flash’s Song tells the story of an amazing canine remission against all odds. Moment by moment, day by day, week by week and month after beautiful month, Flash’s Song is a ballad of love, remission and redemption, and a moving account of how Flash’s three-week prognosis became five and a half miraculous months of learning and loving and finally accepting.
Anyone who has ever loved a dog will relate to Flash’s story and the heart- wrenching pain of losing a canine best friend who has been a faithful companion in life. A woman and her amazing dog is a familiar story, but Kay Pfaltz has searched her heart and soul to make sense of life and loss. Flash’s Song will speak to every grieving heart, to every pet owner who has asked where their loved one went after he died. The book will bring readers ever closer to the miracle of love, and to see death not as an end but as a transformation, another step along the journey.
DogLife, Beagle, by Kay Pfaltz, publication date August 2011, by
TFH Publications, Inc.
To order copies of DogLife, Beagle ask at your local, independent bookstore or visit www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com or purchase one from Basic Necessities and have Kay sign it personally.
Lauren’s Story, by Kay Pfaltz, by J.N. Townsend Publishing 2002
all animal lovers would agree that one of the most important lessons
animals teach is unconditional love. Lauren’s Story is about the kind of unquestioning love that exists between humans
and their animal friends. Far from anthropomorphizing animals, Lauren’s
Story admires and respects them, even suggesting that we humans
be more like them: accepting, forgiving, nonjudgmental, living in
the present moment and enjoying life to its fullest, even in the
small, quiet moments.
a little stray beagle named for Lauren Bacall, is found unconscious
and nearly dead from starvation. She spends three weeks in intensive
care at the vets then is given back to Amy, the girl who found her.
Amy gives her to her sister, Kay who is living in Paris, and from
there a love story begins. Lauren learns to love the French capital,
and who wouldn’t? She dines out in some of Paris’ best
restaurants beside Kay as Kay reviews the food. But moments of joy
in life are ephemeral, for Lauren is plagued with illnesses from
aspirated pneumonia to laryngeal paralysis. Kay and Lauren return
to Virginia. Then in late September Lauren is diagnosed with transitional
cell carcinoma, one of the most difficult cancers to treat, and
the vets tell Kay Lauren will never make it to Christmas. Kay must
decide whether to put her to sleep or to attempt treatment. Lauren
undergoes radiation and chemotherapy. She makes it to Christmas
and to the New Year. She makes it to see the spring return, and
with the spring, comes the promise of hope.
Story is much more than just a rags to riches dog story. It’s
a testimony to the power of laughter and love to get us through
life, and ultimately the power of art as one of the most enduring
forces in life. For Francophile’s or for anyone who has ever
loved a dog, Lauren’s Story is a must.
To order copies of LAUREN’S
STORY ask at your local, independent bookstore or visit www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com or purchase one from Basic Necessities and have Kay sign it personally.
Kay's stories have appeared in several publications in both English and French.
A Book of Miracles, Dr. Bernie Siegel, New World Library 2012
A Book of Miracles offers inspiring true stories of healing, gratitude and love. Compiled during his more than thirty years of practice, speaking, and teaching, the stories here are riveting, warm, and belief-expanding.
To order copies of A BOOK OF MIRACLES ask at your local, independent bookstore or visit www.barnesandnoble.com, or www.amazon.com
The Missing Peace, The Hidden Power of Our Kinship with Animals, Tina Volpe and Judy Carmen, Dream River Press, 2009
Authors Tina Volpe and Judy Carman bring to the forefront humanity's neglected relationship with animals and present the personal and societal benefits of living peacefully with all beings. Sensitively written and spiritually awakening, The Missing Peace: The Hidden Power of Our Kinship with Animals is based on the idea that "ahimsa" (non-violence) does not exclude the animal kingdom. The first part of the book is full of true, life-altering stories, guaranteed to prompt us to take a deeper look at our own dietary and lifestyle choices. Part II of the book examines the spiritual, scientific and historical reasons for changing our views towards animals—and ultimately the way we view ourselves on this planet.
To order copies of THE MISSING PEACE, ask at your local, independent bookstore or visit www.barnesandnoble.com, or www.amazon.com