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About the Book

A child's bond with a beloved animal is a powerful one. The loss of a pet due to illness or trauma can be a troubling time in a child's life.

When You Have to Say Goodbye - Loving and Letting Go of Your Pet is a fully-illustrated children's book that gently describes the why's surrounding end-of-life issues with animals. The book details ways for children to move through this experience in a positive fashion. While written with young family members in mind, this book is certain to touch the heart of adults as well.

Beanpole BooksPublisher: Beanpole Books
ISBN: 978-0-9831032-1-9
Fully Illustrated, 32 pages
Retail Price: $8.95US/$10.95CAN
Release Date: September, 2011

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What People are Saying

"This book belongs in every veterinary practice, library and school system in the country. A child's love for a pet lasts a lifetime. This book is instrumental in helping navigate a very difficult period in a child's life." - Sue Curtis, Executive Director - Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association

"This is a terrific children's book and resource for both parents and kids, to help them navigate through the difficult, yet normal feelings regarding pet loss! Definitely a worthwhile read!" - Dr. Robi Ludwig, Psychotherapist and National TV Commentator

"Thanks to Monica Mansfield and Lennie Peterson, When You Have to Say Goodbye is a delightful, well written and well illustrated book that fulfills a need and should be in every veterinarian's waiting room." - Alexander de Lahunta DVM, PhD, Emeritus Professor

"This is well written and very thoughtful. It is an excellent, well illustrated book that can help a child through the painful process of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. This book should find its way into the hands of all children who experience this painful but sometimes necessary experience of life, creating more sensitive, loving and understanding adults when life hands us other disappointments, loss and grief." - Dr. Jim Humphries, President - Veterinary News Network

"I am glad to know there are books like Beanpole Books' When You Have to Say Goodbye: Loving and Letting Go of Your Pet, by Monica Mansfield, that help kids understand the process of grieving for these family members. It's an important book." - Sarah C., The Daily Pretzel

About the Author & the Illustrator

Monica Mansfield, D.V.M

Monica Mansfield D.V.M.Dr. Monica Mansfield knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was five years old. She attended Cornell's New York State College of Veterinary Medicine for her D.V.M. degree and graduated in 1987. Monica currently works in a small animal practice in Massachusetts and considers the nurturing of children and animals among life's most important goals.

Her first book, a heartwarming veterinary memoir titled The Black Panties: Tales of Animal Mischief and Veterinary Intrigue, was published in 2006 by Beanpole Books.

When You Have to say Goodbye - Loving and Letting Go of Your Pet is her first children's book.

Lennie Peterson

Lennie PetersonLennie Peterson has traveled the world, devoting his life to Art, music and Arts education.

His award-winning artwork has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States. Peterson's illustrations have been featured in magazines, books, and web sites around the world. His nationally syndicated daily comic strip, "The Big Picture", appeared in more than 100 newspapers and he has written and illustrated nearly a dozen books.

For more information about Lennie, please visit his website at

Ordering & Contact Information

Order Your Copies

When You Have to Say GoodbyeWhen You Have to Say Goodbye will be available from all major retailers and all online bookstores in September of 2011.

Individuals, order your copy from today!


Bookstore Wholesale purchases can be made through:
Perseus - (800) 343-4499
Ingram - (800) 937-8000
Baker & Taylor - (800) 775-1100

Contact Us

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Veterinary and Pet Affiliated Organizations, contact:
Bella Distribution - (800) 533-1973