The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts



I set this blog up in order to write book reviews for animal lovers. However, the great bulk of the traffic here comes from people seeking information about how to get a pet through a health crisis by using an esophageal tube. In July of 2008, I recounted my experience with Eddie, giving pictures and advice to those considering tube-feeding. If you’re looking at this photo, that’s probably why you’re here. There have been thousands of hits on this site looking for that post, and I hope Eddie and I have helped save some feline lives that way.

Tube feeding extended Eddie’s life, but eventually old age and assorted infirmities got to him. And so I am writing this on June 6, 2010, because on June 7, 2010, he has his last vet visit. I don’t know if there’s an afterlife or a real “Rainbow Bridge” or any of that. But love lives on, and so I would like to dedicate this site to Eddie and my first three cats, Priscilla, Hillary, and Rabbit. It was an unbelievable privilege to be their human. (And there will be more cats, just not right away.)



  1. Just wondering if you wanted any submissions for this . . . also, if you cared about “Does the cat die?”

    Comment by Christine Frank | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. I chose the name of the blog based in part on the alliteration. I am, in fact, a cat owner, and my intent here is to include all animals. So I certainly do care about whether the cat dies!

    As for submissions, I hadn’t really thought about that. I’m certainly open to it, but let me think about how I might want to actually execute it. Maybe an “open thread” in which other people could post reviews would work. Let me know if you have any thoughts on this.

    Thanks for the comment, by the way!

    Comment by esheley | January 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. I thought of you twice in recent days, in addition to your e-mail. First, Friday night, watching The Black Dahlia, then yesterday when I spent four hours watching The Andromeda Strain. Both times I heard a little voice in my head say, “This movie is NOT SAFE for bird lovers!”

    Comment by Terri | June 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. I happened upon your site and wanted to tell you I’m an instant fan. You had me at “Does the Dog Die.” I am a (somewhat fanatical) animal lover and book reviewer. When I wrote a review for City of Thieves I had to include a paragraph warning people not to read a few particular pages regarding dogs. They were so horrifying I still can’t get the images out of my mind and I wanted to spare other animal lovers the same trauma.

    P.S. Priscilla was a lovely girl.

    Comment by gustines | November 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for the kind words, Gustines. You’re just the type of person I was hoping would find this blog. I’ve been away and have not been able to post many updates lately, but tomorrow I’ll begin catching up, starting with a book that I recommend and that has an protagonist who is devoted to her pets.

      Comment by esheley | November 5, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hi Esheley,want to express how sorry I am to hear of Eddie’s passing!!! 😦 I can relate to the pain your heart is feeling right now! We think it will get easier as time goes on,but it does not;at least not for me;…yet! I still miss my KoKo with all my heart;we became so close when he was diagnosed with Kidney Disease;it was so hard to say ‘goodbye’! I thought I could hold out longer than I have before introducing a new pet to our household;…NOT.:)
    We are expecting the delivery of two kittens and a new puppy;all at the end of July. A male seal-point Himalayan;a female Chinchilla Persian,and a male Miniature Schnauzer.My thinking is if they all arrive around the same time,hopefully they can become ‘friends’. The kittens;I am hoping,will fall ‘in love’and grow old together! 🙂 I am going to be a BUSY Momma for some time to come!Our poor house will not know what hit it. Our house is lonely;we are looking forward to the pitter-patter of little paws;as well,the laughter that accompanies it. Take your time,grieve Eddie,but don’t take too long. A new kitten might help you relieve some of the pain. This is a GREAT SITE for people seeking help re tube feeding;…keep up the good work! Margaret 🙂

    Comment by Margaret Mironenko | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  6. I want to subscribe to this site

    Comment by Deeanna Burns | December 29, 2010 | Reply

  7. Sorry to leave a post but not sure how else to reach you. Enjoyed the site. I, too, had an e-tube for my cat which gave me an additional year and a half, and it is so important that more people realize it is not a “death sentence” but a “life sentence”-it saved his life. The tube was great, but the bandaging routine was the worst. So I made a collar to stabilize and protect the tube, and the rest they say, is history. I am now making “Kitty Kollars” for e-tube cats (and dogs) that are being used by people all over the US/Canada and by numerous vets. They attach with Velcro, are washable, and use tiny round pads instead of bandages. It makes changing the dressing a one minute, versus 20 minute, process. So I’m not exactly soliciting, I just wondered if you want to mention them here. It turns out that Dr. Pierson who you refer to, has added them to her website as an alternative to bandaging. Thank you and bless all the kitties!

    Comment by Donna Garrou | January 30, 2011 | Reply

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