this book helped my husband and I explain my husbands situation to the kid. We were always going to be open and honest about it. We go back and look at book every now and then, just to put the black dog back into perspective (back into his kennel as the kids say).I have recommended this book to my friend who’s husband has depression. Thankyou for your help.
Again sorry for the slow boomerang but you are right, good open & honest communication is absolutely essential. Glad the Woof book was of help and I hope everything is travelling well. Mj
As a long term ‘owner of a ‘black dog’i must commend you re such a fabulous production. Beautifully and simply presented in a way that articulates just what really happens in a life with depression – highly recommend this to anyone trying to understand the condition .
Sorry for the slow reply. Thx for the wonderful msg. Hope you’re doing well. Best wishes and woof woof Matthew J
thank you ever so much for having put your/our condition so clearly on paper. I have read your book with many of my friends and family and we laughed out loud at the precision and they cried in compassion.
Black dog is still with me (and has been for the last 55 years) but you gave me the courage to “talk” to him.
Thanks a lot
Hi Roswith, thanks so much for the comment, it really made my day. Isn’t it good to laugh and cry about such things?
I hope you can laugh more now that you have the courage to talk about it more. I like to say that when we shine a light on our shadow, there’s no longer a place for us to hide.
I also truly hope this finds you well.
Best wishes and WOOF WOOF!!! Matthew J
I saw your “video of the book” recently which in turn led me to your “book of the video”.
I’m not sure how you managed it, but it’s a perfect description of how I’ve been feeling for a long time except my self medication consists of chocolate and cake 🙂
I didn’t realise till I watched your video and found your book and blog that I needed to give what I was feeling an identity – like the black dog.
Giving it a life opens the door for you to communicate with it and understand it – and eventually control IT, rather than the other way around.
I have a double issue – I’m watching my husband suffer in the same way, except he doesn’t know, or won’t admit, that he has a black dog following him wherever he goes.
You have an amazing way with words and images – I just wanted to pass on that your little vid and book on their own were enough to give me the emotional tools and inner strength I need to heal myself, and then to help my husband.
This time next year I see us walking our black dogs along the sea shore, and the little black dogs will be walking in our shadow rather than the other way round 🙂
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