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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Derf is Fred spelled backwards. It is a unique name for a very unique and special dog, a cherished family pet, but, more importantly, a member of the family. Derf knew he was different, even as a puppy. His coat was uniquely colored and he really didn’t look like his siblings. But Derf was clever and he was a dog full of love. When Derf is taken to his forever home with his forever family, he learns quickly how to fit in. His cat siblings are reluctant to accept Derf, but they do and they learn together, through the help of our Heavenly Creator, how to get along and take care of their human family. Derf’s life isn’t easy. Early on, he develops seizures. He doesn’t like visiting the vet or the vet hospital where he’s prodded and poked. He doesn’t really care for the meds either, even though later in life the meds keep him so doped he can’t feel the pain. Loving his family, especially Daddy, protecting them and looking out for them is Derf’s sole purpose. He is his Creator’s helpmate on earth and Derf often seeks guidance from the Creator.
There is no bond so deep and great as that between a human and their beloved pet. These special little beings were given to us to help us on our sometimes difficult journey through life. Author Raven H. Price, a fiction writer, shares with us a special story about a very unique family pet that left pawprints on her family’s hearts. A Dog Named Derf is written in first person so that Derf can tell his own story in his own way. This is a compassionate story full of love, caring and the unbreakable bond that exists between humans and their pets. Written to console those who struggle to overcome the grief of losing a pet, the memories of one special pet overshadow the grief of losing him/her. From one dog lover to another, this is a treasured story for all ages.