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Flash's Song: How One Small Dog Turned into One Big Miracle
     

Flash's Song: How One Small Dog Turned into One Big Miracle

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by Kay Pfaltz
 

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What if most people have it wrong, and miracles are not the exception but the norm? Flash’s Song is the true account of how one person discovered the secret of miracles. It is a story of the power of laughter, the power of family, and, ultimately, the power of love to get us through life.

Freelance writer Kay Pfaltz was living a quiet, simple life

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What if most people have it wrong, and miracles are not the exception but the norm? Flash’s Song is the true account of how one person discovered the secret of miracles. It is a story of the power of laughter, the power of family, and, ultimately, the power of love to get us through life.

Freelance writer Kay Pfaltz was living a quiet, simple life with her three beloved dogs when suddenly her life turns upside down. Coming to terms with a failed relationship, she must now take her ailing dachshund, Flash, in for back surgery. But when the vet tells Kay that Flash’s problem is not a disc but in fact a tumor growing on his spine and Flash has, at most, three weeks to live, Kay is devastated. From here begins a journey of self-discovery and recovery that will open Kay’s heart to the greatest miracle of all.

Flash’s Song tells the story of amazing canine courage and remission against all odds. It is a ballad of love and redemption, and a moving account of how Flash’s three-week prognosis became five and a half miraculous months of learning, loving, and finally accepting.

Written in luminous prose, accompanied by poignant photos, and filled with keen insight into love, faith, and the power of forgiveness, Flash’s Song is not only a heartwarming ode to a little dog, but also a tribute to life and an invitation to cherish every moment of it.

Editorial Reviews

Susan Wilson
“Flash’s Song reminds us that with love and faith, nothing is impossible.”
Jonathan Balcombe
“Flash’s Song reminds us of the uniqueness of all beings, and their capacity to touch our hearts.”
Rita M. Reynolds
“In my opinion, Kay Pfaltz is brilliant: as an author, as a human being – one who fully understands what it means to be love, the deepest, most expansive kind that includes all life. An artist of the highest moral and spiritual ranking, she offers this love so generously to the world through her writing drawn from her own experiences. Flash’s Song is magnificent, beautifully written from the Heart of Love within all, skillfully presented with a perfect combination of wisdom and humor. This is a book to keep close, return to often and give to everyone you care about.”
Marc Bekoff
“Nonhuman animals (aka ‘animals’) can teach us numerous lessons about trust, forgiveness, dedication, peace, and love. For many people, dogs play this vital role in character building. And, the same goes for Kay Pfaltz. Flash’s Song, a deeply inspirational and moving book that covers our complete emotional landscape, shows clearly how a “salamander” wiener dog called Flash taught these and other lessons to Kay. His journey is a heartwarming reminder of just who other animals truly are when we open our hearts to them and allow them to pierce our souls.”
Bernie Siegel
“This is a very unusual and very beautiful book because it is filled with both heart and wisdom. Reading the story of Flash and Kay is like having a conversation with life. The rewards for the reader are similar to the lessons learned from our painful life experiences. But Kay and Flash's story make it less painful, while at the same time enriching our lives and making them more meaningful.”
Dr. Marty Becker
“From the author of Lauren's Story: An American Dog in Paris, comes another beautiful tale of the power of love and the healing against all odds.

Flash's Song is the tender story of a dachshund diagnosed with a tumor on his spine. But it is so much more than just another sick dog story. Flash's Song speaks not only to the power of love and the human heart in healing, but also to the connection between humans and animals—two things veterinarians have always known, but have not always voiced aloud. This is a beautiful memoir, whose insights into dogs, love and the intangible connection to all life will keep you turning the pages and lift your heart.

Judy Carman
“I have admired Kay's writing for so many years—what a gift she has for helping us connect to animals and see and feel the beauty and wonder they bring into our lives . . . . If you have ever loved an animal, you will feel a kinship with Kay as she so beautifully describes that precious gift of unconditional love that they give us. If you have ever grieved the loss of an animal friend, Kay understands the depth of that loss. As an animal rights advocate, I also love Flash's Song, because I believe it can help us all see the sacredness of each individual animal in the world: that they all—like Flash—have a story to tell, a family to love, friends to cherish, and a right to be free from harm.

Allen Anderson
Flash’s Song takes us on Kay Pfaltz’s uplifting journey with a loving and often fearless dachshund. In times that are often cynical or despairing, give yourself a respite. This book will uplift your spirits and broaden your acceptance of what is possible when you open your heart to the love freely given by a small pup in a big world.”
Echo Magazine
Flash’s Song is for animal-lovers and seekers of the quietly enlightened life. Kay has combined the wisdom of animals with a multifaceted spirituality to create a deeply moving and spiritually uplifting story in her third book, Flash’s Song. . . . This is a beautiful book, profound in its simplicity and love. It is not a showy or ostentatious book, but a book that brings great comfort and perhaps the real miracles are within its magical pages.
Elizabeth Van Deventer
“All the world over, people seeking enlightenment search out the great masters, the Buddhist monasteries atop mountains, the exotic Indian gurus, the Caribbean yoga resorts. We assume our everyday lives are a hindrance to finding deeper truth. Yet, here in a small rural, Virginia town, Kay Pfaltz discovers that even humble creatures, like her dog, Flash, can be our greatest of spiritual teachers, if we would but allow.
In Flash's Song, a memoir for dog lovers and spiritual seekers alike, Kay Pfaltz allows us a rare glimpse of something precious. As she struggles to come to terms with the potential loss of her beloved dog, Flash, she is forced into a state of great awareness, which will forever change her. Kay adorns her story with the sage insights of the great thinkers of all times, as she seeks to both understand and embody their wisdom in her daily life. In this story, we see that beneath the fur and four legs of our animal friends is a rich layer of consciousness just waiting to be discovered.
From the Publisher

“I truly wish that I could have been a “Friend of Flash.” Flash was unique & cool looking dachshund (or dash-hound as I like to say!) rescued by writer Kay Pfaltz. I’m a radio host and I just read Kay’s beautiful new book, "Flash’s Song: How One Small Dog Turned Into One Big Miracle" & allow me to tell you this…most media (radio/TV) people don’t have time to read all the books who’s authors they interview. THIS book is so good that I’m reading it cover to cover! There are some real “life lessons” in “Flash’s Song." In other words, a lot of stuff that I didn’t know & I’m the Puffman! While coming to terms with a failed relationship, Kay had to take her ailing Flash in for back surgery, which led to the discovery of a growing cancerous tumor on his spine. She was devastated when the vet told her Flash had, at most, 3 weeks to live. One of the best books I’ve ever read. As “American’s Veterinarian”, Dr. Marty Becker barks, “This is a beautiful memoir, with insights into dogs, love & the intangible connection to all life that will keep you turning the pages & lift your heart.” There are some real life-changing lessons in here & ways for all of us to bring miracles into our own lives. Looking forward to having Kay Pfaltz on the Puffman Show Friday afternoon. She’s a big time writer, she’s lived in France, & she loves animals. Life doesn’t get any better than that. Look for “Flash’s Song: How One Small Dog Turned Into One Big Miracle” at nationwide bookstores…it really IS one of the best that I’ve read & all the beautiful pictures & prose about the late Flash will warm & break your heart! I wish that I could have been his friend….”
—Jerry Puffer, KSEN Radio, Shelby Montana

Jerry Puffer
“I truly wish that I could have been a “Friend of Flash.” Flash was unique & cool looking dachshund (or dash-hound as I like to say!) rescued by writer Kay Pfaltz. I’m a radio host and I just read Kay’s beautiful new book, “Flash’s Song: How One Small Dog Turned Into One Big Miracle” & allow me to tell you this…most media (radio/TV) people don’t have time to read all the books who’s authors they interview. THIS book is so good that I’m reading it cover to cover! There are some real “life lessons” in “Flash’s Song.” In other words, a lot of stuff that I didn’t know & I’m the Puffman! While coming to terms with a failed relationship, Kay had to take her ailing Flash in for back surgery, which led to the discovery of a growing cancerous tumor on his spine. She was devastated when the vet told her Flash had, at most, 3 weeks to live. One of the best books I’ve ever read. As “American’s Veterinarian”, Dr. Marty Becker barks, “This is a beautiful memoir, with insights into dogs, love & the intangible connection to all life that will keep you turning the pages & lift your heart.” There are some real life-changing lessons in here & ways for all of us to bring miracles into our own lives. Looking forward to having Kay Pfaltz on the Puffman Show Friday afternoon. She’s a big time writer, she’s lived in France, & she loves animals. Life doesn’t get any better than that. Look for “Flash’s Song: How One Small Dog Turned Into One Big Miracle” at nationwide bookstores…it really IS one of the best that I’ve read & all the beautiful pictures & prose about the late Flash will warm & break your heart! I wish that I could have been his friend….”
Amelia Kinkade
“There are few writers in existence who touch my heart more than Kay Pfaltz. . . . This book grabs us from the first page to the last and takes us into a sacred space where there is harmony on earth and poetry in the universe and love, love, love. Read it now!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626360204
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Kay Pfaltz is the bestselling author of Lauren’s Story: An American Dog in Paris and The Beagle. Kay has been published in The Missing Peace: The Hidden Power of Our Kinship with Animals, Bark Magazine, and Bernie Siegel’s A Book of Miracles. She is a contributing editor for La Joie and writes a monthly wine column for Blue Ridge Life. Kay holds a PhD in English literature from Kings College, University of London, and donates profits from her books to animal welfare organizations. She lives with three rescued hounds named Chance, Sasha, and Olive in Roseland, Virginia.

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Flash's Song: How One Small Dog Turned into One Big Miracle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a different kind of dog story, with a powerful theme of surrender, love and trust. It is also a departure from Kay’s first book about her beloved beagle Lauren. This book stars Flash, a miniature dachshund, who is diagnosed, in his thirteenth year of life, with a tumor growing rapidly on his spine. From here a journey of health and healing, as well as revelation begins. While no one has mentioned this fact, I saw within the pages of this beautiful book, that Flash was healing Kay as much as Kay was ‘healing’ Flash. Kay never attempts to say that she was the one who healed him; in fact quite the opposite. She only suggests she opened her heart, let go and let the universe do the work. Flash comes alive in the beginning chapters as a feisty and brave little smooth-haired dachshund, afraid of nothing...on the outside. But there is an emotional depth to little Flash and when he falls ill, unable to use his hind legs, we feel his confusion and pain deeply. As he heals, first walking then running, we rejoice with both him and Kay, and his two beagle sisters, in their small family of four. Flash’s Song is a story about the courage to confront the adversities we all encounter; it is about love, both human and canine, and the strength love gives us to go on. This is a book that dares to be deeply vulnerable and honest. I hope Flash’s Song will help inspire people to respond to the difficult events in their own lives with acceptance and grace. Reading it each night felt to me like, as Kay says, “the comfort of my morning cup of tea,” because there is a gentleness in its pages. There is also a lot of love and there is hope. Beautifully written, Flash’s Song is a must read for anyone seeking a humble, enlightened life filled with love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Flash's Song" is a beautiful and well written book. It is a loving and heartfelt tribute to author Kay Pfaltz's beloved Dachshund, Flash, a little dog with a huge heart of gold. Flash came into Kay's life while she was still grieving the loss of Lauren, her cherished Beagle and soul mate. All that Kay knew about young Flash's previous life was that he had been dumped from a car at the side of a road. From the moment Kay took Flash home they became a family (a family that would later include two Beagle-mix "sisters" for Flash). Kay's love for Flash radiated from every page of the book in the tender way she recounted their life together. When Flash was 13 years old, he was diagnosed with a tumor on his spine and given only 3 weeks, at most, to live. Kay had always been open to alternative means of healing the body and mind and now sought such treatments for Flash, hoping such methods would give them more quality time together. And it did! The ending of this book was especially beautiful. Kay's sensitive retelling of the last days of Flash's life was truly emotional. After getting to know Flash through this book, I can't help but smile whenever I think of him. "Flash's Song" is a wonderful and inspiring book, reminding readers to keep their hearts open to the power that love and miracles have in healing. After reading "Flash's Song", check out "Lauren's Story - An American Dog in Paris" also by Kay Pfaltz. It's another book for dog lovers who don't see their dog as "just a dog" but as a cherished family member. Both books have left an everlasting impact on my being. Being a doggie "mom" myself, I am truly amazed at how much Kay's feelings and deep love for her dogs mirror mine for my own dog. Her words about Flash (and Lauren) could not express more poignantly my feelings for my own little guy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kay Pfaltz has written a charming and interesting book about the interaction between humans and animals while intertwining this with a philosophy of life. This book will keep you interested and will be one that you will keep coming back to. If you aren't a believer in animal communication, you will become one. Enjoy it slowly.
BlueRidgeWriter More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, Kay Pfaltz is brilliant: as an author, as a human being – one who fully understands what it means to be love, the deepest, most expansive kind that includes all life.  An artist of the highest moral and spiritual ranking, she offers this love so generously to the world through her writing drawn from her own experiences.   Flash’s Song is magnificent, beautifully written from the Heart of Love  within all, skillfully presented with a perfect combination of wisdom and humor.  This is a book to keep close, return to often and  give to everyone you care about.   Rita M. Reynolds Author of Blessing the Bridge and Ask the Cow Editor, laJoie, the Quarterly Journal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been extremely moved by Flash's Song and Kay's approach to life and the beauty and power of her words. Truly, it is one of my favorite books to have read--either as a narrator or simply reader--in memory, ever. I want to say what a privilege it was to narrate this book. I truly feel that the book changed my life...it certainly brought my relationship with my animals into new light. It was a singular and unforgettable experience, and I have narrated over 150 books in my career. I do not say these things lightly. Many of us yearn to live a spiritually connected life but we don't know how. The animals can show us the way and Ms. Pfaltz has the courage to attempt and beautifully give voice to a world we sometimes can glimpse, but don't know how to inhabit regularly. I believe she does. I never met Flash, but after reading his story...I will never forget him.