Local author Chuck Miller has penned a book I was hesitant to read and it's titled Collarworld.
"Just beyond the mortal barriers of the Living World is a land where our departed pets wait patiently for their reunion with their beloved masters. In this land – Collarworld – dogs and cats play peacefully with each other, birds fly in sky-painting formations, and horses race for the joy of the moment."
In the last six years I've lost two of my furry soulmates, Kramer and Ditto, so reading stories about pets who have crossed over and waiting for their owners seemed like it would break my heart. I did shed a few tears while reading, - but they were good tears.
We immediately meet Paisley, a female Pitbull greeted at The Rainbow Bridge by St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals. I almost stopped reading here as I wasn't sure I could handle the emotion, but as I kept going, I met Millie and my favorite animal, Vincent, an orange tabby. Starting the stories off with Paisley at the Bridge was a great idea because it sets the whole premise. We know how and why the pets are coming over, and what their purpose is. And it's a beautiful one - reuniting with those they loved and who loved them during their too short lives - but not every pet reunites with their owner...
With Vincent as our tour guide, we get to explore the variety of areas within Collarworld, and each time the animals see a blue sunbeam in the horizon, they know it's time to go to the bridge, to the meeting place, to meet a new arrival.
As I mentioned, some stories were hard, and not just because I lost my two kitties, but because Chuck does a great job of exploring the reality some animals live and die in, and those are not easy to read.
I ended up loving Collarworld, and I highly recommend it if you have a pet or have lost one. If you're hesitant like I was, just keep going.
Collaworld is available on Amazon Kindle for $9.99 or paperback for $15.99. If you give it a read, let me know what you think.