Maya's First Rose: Diary of a Very Special Love

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When Kosins first met Maya in a pet store, he didn't even want a dog. But 18 years later, when she died in his arms, Martin knew their relationship was and always would be the most significant of his life. This wonderfully moving chronicle of Martin's and Maya's ever-deepening bond touches a chord in anyone who has ever known grief at the loss of a treasured animal friend. Illustrations.

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Martin Scot Kosins is a composer whose music has been performed internationally. He is a recipient of the ASCAP Composers Award. Maya's First Rose is his first book.

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Kosins considers his relationship to his dog, Maya, to have been the most important in his life. When Maya's health began to fail, he chose to adapt his life to her needs, refusing to leave her alone for more than two hours at a time. After Maya died at the age of 18, he grieved deeply and considered her irreplaceable. During the period of more than a year when Kosins withdrew from his normal routine to care for Maya, friends and relatives questioned the reasonableness of this intense commitment to a dog. This book, originally self-published by Kosins, is his attempt to explain his actions and to share his experience with others who might feel a deep connection with their pets and who may be mourning a similar loss. Even those readers who are pet lovers may wonder if Kosins's extreme devotion and grief are signs that he has not truly accepted that death and loss are inevitable aspects of life. Patrons who have lost pets might be better served by guides written from a counselor's perspective, such as Wallace Sife's The Loss of a Pet (Howell, 1993).
- Stacy Pober, Manhattan Coll. Libs., New York
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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