“My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever.”

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From Chert Dog’s perspective, “Doghead is pretty easy to learn, you just have to speak from your heart.”  This velvety Black with Chocolate accents English Labrador Retriever came into my Father’s life the year my Mom passed suddenly on April 16th, which was Easter Sunday that year.

Though I was living in California at the time, I returned home to upstate New York the following year.  It was from that moment on that the writing of Chert’s story began.  An avid journal writer my whole life, keeping a running account of Chert’s purpose and ultimate message of unconditional love and forgiveness allowed for me to witness first-hand the healing powers of his love on the lives of those he encountered.  Most importantly, the ultimate peacefulness he brought my Father, which was a miracle in itself.  Here is “My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever” link to purchase on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/My-Fathers-Greatest-Gift-Retriever/dp/1524556297/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WAT2768ZAPGS&keywords=My+Father%27s+Greatest+Gift%3A+Life+Lessons+From+A+Black+English+Labrador+retriever+books&qid=1646844765&sprefix=my+father%27s+greatest+gift+life+lessons+from+a+black+english+labrador+retriever+books%2Caps%2C118&sr=8-1

Through various blogs on my WordPress site I have shared his story, as well as his various “pet peeves” ( no pun intended) regarding his button fetish and favorite food, PIZZA!

Chert knew he was born for a purpose to fulfill, as so many of our animal friends know instinctively.  He also knew he had a short amount of time to accomplish this task.  This is the most important message he taught me about how valuable our every moment is in this life and that we are here to share our joy and encouragement with one another.

“My Father’s Greatest Gift:  Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever” is now published, as I promised Chert that it someday would be and available in e-book, soft and hard cover online at:

This Slovak named Black English Labrador Retriever (Chert means devil in Slovak) healed my life!

Here is Chert Dog’s Main Theme Song, a Loriginal Orgininal Piano Composition!  Enjoy!


12 thoughts on ““My Father’s Greatest Gift: Life Lessons from a Black English Labrador Retriever.”

  1. This is so exciting, your first book signing. Relax and enjoy. Chert’s energy will be by your side with a great big angel dogie grin, beaming, because you did it. You told his story. This is so awesome!!!! I wish I could be there to get the fist autographed copy. <3 You are such an inspiration to me. Thanks Hun.

    1. Thank you, Amanda! The story was 21 years in the making and 7 years to publish, so it’s a labor of love- plus, I promised Chert Dog, who narrates the story, I would get his “tale” around the world! He was an old soul. Thank you and blessings!

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