"The honesty and wisdom that grace this book will serve as a balm for others coping with their own pain."
—Best Friends Magazine
The loss of a beloved pet breaks your heart in a way that animal lovers know all too well. Mark Asher experienced losing his German Shepherd/Chow mix in the worst of ways: while the dog was out of his care. At the time Mark had just finished work on his first book, a loving tribute to senior dogs, and his dog, Humphrey, had been the inspiration. The sudden and devastating loss sent Mark into a debilitating state of anger, grief and guilt, wondering what he could have done to prevent the incident.
Lost and empty without his four-legged companion, who had seen him through a divorce, relocation to a new city, and a new job, Mark decided to go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah to volunteer and find his way through the pain. Humphrey Was Here is about how one carries on after the death of a pet that meant the world to them. It's an emotional and cathartic story of grieving and recovery that will deeply touch any dog lover.