As a veterinarian and pet owner myself, I can understand and empathize with the immense grief pet owners experience along with the “compassion fatigue” experienced by our veterinary staff and caregivers. When a beloved pet has a medical emergency, or nears the end of their life, it can be heartbreaking for everyone involved. I always wish I could do more to support them, but sometimes it just seems I can only give so much. This book gives me a better way to help pet owners in those difficult moments, as well as, enable my staff to be more compassionate and supportive throughout the entire process.

— Dr. Jose Salazar, DVM


“Missing Pieces...Broken Heart: A Recovery Guide for the Grief and Sorrow of Pet Loss is a much-needed resource for all pet owners, veterinarians, and veterinary staff who love their four-footed children and then experience their loss. This devastating loss is the same as it is with any family member, yet there is not as much support for those experiencing it. This book is it! B.J. Shonk experienced this pain, came out the other side, and created this resource for us. We are grateful that she understands how deeply pet loss affects the veterinary care team, too!”

- Dr. Sandy Block, DVM

"B.J. truly cares about people as much as she cares about animals. She wrote this book because she understands the bond that a person can share with an animal and how deep that bond can be. She has experienced the loss of a pet and knows the devastating toll it can take on one's life. B.J. wrote this book in hopes that she can help others better deal with this great loss. I know this will be a valuable resource for many.”

- Dr. Kim Eaton, DVM

"B.J. is one of the most enthusiastic and creative people I’ve ever worked with. This enthusiasm and creativity is reflected in this exceptional book. B.J. is a very caring individual, and I believe this book will be a great comfort and help to many.”

- Tyler Patton, Publisher/
Group Manager