by Barry Johns
Most people will have memories of a much-loved pet that shared their life for some years, and which seems to them to be worthy of wider ongoing appreciation. All such readers will understand the reason behind the publication of this small book.
Jem, of mixed-breed, might have had potential as a hunting dog. That didn’t eventuate. Perhaps as a pig-hunter then, but that trial didn’t work out either. It’s not that she couldn’t hunt - rabbits no problem, and cat-owners will be happier avoiding her story. It was as a companion, and meeter-and-greeter at the owner’s vineyard property, that Jem found her forte.
To those who didn’t know her, Jem may seem no more special than any other well-remembered animal companion. But not many pet owners go to the trouble of publishing a book in their honour. It’s small - 40 pages, about 3500 words - and very well presented.
Jem is a memorial to a dog who was “loyal, friendly, loving and the best company”, and tribute to the love that exists between humans and animals.
Author: Barry Johns
Publisher: BJ Publishing
Available: selected retail shops in Christchurch, Christchurch Libraries, via www.oogywawa.co.nz at $22.99 (incl. postage ) within NZ.