BH: John Gray signs and discusses, God Needed a Puppy.

John Gray is back signing a new hardcover edition of God Needed a Puppy.

Edgar the Owl and Freddy the Fox show readers of all ages how saying goodbye to a beloved animal does not mean saying goodbye forever.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to animal shelters around the country.


When John's puppy Samuel died unexpectedly at just six months old it brought a profound sadness to their home and a sense that this was just not fair. For the first time John understood how a child must feel when they lose a pet of any age, asking themselves, "Why?" Hoping to turn his pain into something positive, John put pen to paper and wrote a story to help any child who has lost a pet.

In God Needed a Puppy John guides children through the grieving process by using friendly animals from the forest to explain the reasons why a beloved pet sometimes has to leave us. He reassures them that this "goodbye" is not forever and offers hope that other furry friends will someday come into their lives.

About the Author

John Gray is an Emmy award-winning television journalist and columnist in upstate New York, as well as a husband, father and avid pet lover. When John experienced the unexpected death of the family's six-month-old puppy Samuel, he wanted to turn his pain into something positive. He wrote this story to help every child (and grown-up) who has lost a pet.

Shanna Brickell remembers as a child being in awe of what could be created with a box of crayons and a few sheets of paper. The mystery and magic of creativity still inspires her today. She infuses her artwork with light and energy to connect with the hearts and minds of those who view it.
Event date: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
God Needed a Puppy Cover Image
By John Gray, Shanna Brickell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781640601482
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-5 Days
Published: Paraclete Press - August 7th, 2018

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