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  • SubGenre:Social Issues / Death & Dying
  • Language:English
  • Pages:38
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781543927023

Tyson's Tail

by Melissa Desmond

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Tyson's Tail, is a sweet, emotive, visually beautiful and uplifting story that embraces the many emotions felt when a beloved pet dies.  

Written from a child's experience, this artistically moving illustrated children's book uses approachable rhyming verse to get to the heart of the matter and heal the pain of grief. 

Beneficial for animal lovers of all ages, the author creates a story of understanding, comfort, hope, and belief in a love that never dies.


Tyson is a mischievously playful, adventurous tabby cat who fills the life of his girl with joy. When Tyson dies, the little girl faces a myriad of emotions, feeling sad without her beloved best friend. On one magical night Tyson's Tail reaches out to the girl in her dreams, taking her on a spirited journey that shows we are all one spirit, united by love, which can never die.

Inspired by a true story, Tyson’s Tail is based on the author's personal experience of losing her beloved crazy cat Tyson. Lovingly written for anyone experiencing grief from their pet's death, Tyson's Tail celebrates the eternal power of love, friendship and spirit. 

About the author

Born in historic Morristown, New Jersey, Melissa Desmond has loved animals all her life. While Melissa had experienced pet loss as a child, it was the tragic death of her beloved cat Tyson later in life, and the incredible experiences that followed, that inspired her to write Tyson's Tail. 

As a mother of two girls, Arabella and Indiana, Melissa wanted to share her magical, spirited story to help heal the hearts of animal lovers of all ages. She hopes her story will be a warm hug to any reader feeling the painful loss that comes with the death of a beloved pet, and inspire them to go on their own journey from grief to gratitude.

Thank you reading our "Tail"!

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