Rainbow Bridge & Grief

Honoring Those Pets We Have Loved and Lost for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2016


My beautiful senior cat, Mr. Jazz – the inspiration for the book, Purr Prints of the Heart, and Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. This was him in early 2013 – each day I was given with him at this point was a precious gift.

I’m in the process of going through pictures of our cats with Dan to determine which one’s I’d like to use for my upcoming book. We have thousands of images – each one more beautiful than the next – but it’s a bittersweet process because it always inevitably happens when we look at pictures – a random one will pop up and hit me painfully in the gut, reminding me of days gone by. This time it was a picture of Jazz. But what’s most interesting, was that it was a picture of him I hadn’t seen before. Considering I combed through what I thought were all of his pictures when I wrote his meow memoir, Purr Prints of the Heart, last year, it was all the more perplexing. Read more

Sunday-Selfie: Preparing for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Jazz for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Jazz was always in the hallway of the living room, looking at me before he’d jump up onto the couch to snuggle with me.

It’s almost too hard to comprehend, but my beloved Jazz has been gone nearly three years. He’s never left my heart, but recently I’ve felt him all around me in a very strong sense. I don’t know if it’s because his Rainbow Bridge anniversary is August 28th and that’s been in the back of my mind, or if it’s because lately I feel as if Jazmine is “sharing” him with me via herself. Read more

Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond – A Comforting Book on Pet Loss to Help Cope with Grieving

Purr Prints of the Heart is a book to help people with pet loss and grieving as written as a meow memoir

Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond. Photo credit: ZZP Publishing, LLC .

Coral Springs, Florida  – As someone who has had pets all of her 50 plus years of life, award-winning author and blogger, Deborah Barnes, knows only too well the heartache of having to say goodbye. With estimates from the American Pet Products Association that over 65% of American households have pets – some 80 million dogs and 96 million cats – along with other fur, finned, scaled, and feathered creatures – she knew she wasn’t alone and that many others could relate to the pain of losing a beloved pet. That is how and why her most recent book, Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond was born.

Barnes, creator of the popular blog, Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles, originally shared her emotional and difficult decision to help her dying 15 year old cat, Mr. Jazz, cross the Rainbow Bridge with her blog readers. The love and support she received was overwhelming and it was then she realized an outlet was needed for people to share grief that was not a clinical “self-help” format. Everyone wanted to share a similar personal story and the comments on her blog became therapy of sorts, not just for her, but for her readers as well.

Taking that comforting and nurturing approach, Barnes decided to write the book as a meow memoir in the voice of Mr. Jazz so he could share his life and death journey with readers and offer them guidance and understanding through a pet’s perspective as to why sometimes letting them go can be the greatest gift you give them.

Barnes also wanted the story to be much more than a book on pet loss. At its core, Purr Prints is a sweet and inspiring story replete with memorable moments that will have readers laughing, crying, and nodding in recognition. From his days as a kitten nobody wanted, to finally being adopted into a loving human and multi-pet filled family that had its share of ups and downs, to his final months whereby his health was declining and he had to deal with things like frequent visits to the vet, being force-fed food, resentment issues, litter issues, and the finality of coming to terms with the fact he was dying and needed to convince his beloved humans to let him go – its a story any pet lover can relate to.

The book ends with a resourceful “Coping With Pet Loss” section to help readers on all levels – emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and even physically to empower them with ways to honor the journey of the pet lost as well as ways to find the strength to heal and mend a broken heart. The reviews have been fantastic – 5 star rated on Amazon with endorsements from Steve Dale, CABC, syndicated radio host, and syndicated newspaper columnist; Bonnie Poirier, pastor at Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi; Marty Tousley of Grief Healing.com, and  Alice Villalobos, DVM (Quality of Life Scale) among others:

“Deborah Barnes has created a supportive gift with a book that soothes the broken hearts of bereaved pet lovers of all ages as her cat, Mr. Jazz, unfolds the story of his life and end of life with her. Readers enjoy the quirks of pets living in multiple pet households with other cats and dogs. We are all enriched by Barnes who gives us a psycho-emotional glimpse into the wonders of the human-animal bond and the natural feelings of grief and denial during end of life decision making and the difficult days of pet loss.”
~Alice Villalobos, DVM, FNAP~

“I read this book within days of the sudden loss of my 14 year old cat – my best friend, my confidant, my traveling buddy, and my healer. Told from a cat’s perspective, it’s charming and amusing as he tells his life story, but it’s also full of words of strength, wisdom, and comfort to help you through the process of grieving the loss of a treasured friend. This book was a great help to me in a time of great sorrow. I’m sure I will return to its pages many times while learning to say goodbye and thank you to my beloved pet.”
~Denise Pittman, Amazon Customer~

Purr Prints of the Heart is a timeless book for all ages and a multitude of circumstances. It is a gentle hug in book form to help heal broken hearts and is the perfect gift to give someone who has lost a pet and is struggling with how to make sense of it all. For further information, reviews, or purchasing information, please visit www.purrprintsoftheheart.com.


Deborah Barnes resides in the tropical paradise of South Florida with her fiance and feline family of seven. She is the author of the 5-star rated books, The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary and Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond as well as the award-winning blog, Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles that continues to cover the everyday journey she shares with her cats along with topics from the humorous behaviors of cats to very serious subjects on pet responsibility. Deborah was awarded 2013 “Writer of the Year” by Friskies Purina on behalf of the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) and she is also a CWA Board Member.  She is also Secretary for the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, Florida, whose mission is to create public awareness and reduce the numbers of animals on the streets and in shelters through an extensive educational campaign.

Contact Information:
ZZP Publishing
Deborah Barnes
Website: www.zzppublishing.com


Purr Prints of the Heart - a book to help readers with pet loss and grieving

Deborah autographing copies of Purr Prints for her fans and readers!

Coping With Pet Loss and Grief: Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond by Deborah Barnes


A concept that began as a rough draft around October of 2013 officially becomes a book about a year and a half later…

In the roller coaster journey of writing Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond, a meow-memoir written in the voice of my dearly departed Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, who I had to help cross over the Bridge on August 28, 2013, after 15 years of life, it turns out writing the book was the easy part. In the world of self-publishing where the landscape changes quicker than what is the most current iPhone available, it is a convoluted, painstakingly arduous ordeal that is not for the weak of heart. Read more

Mr. Jazz Makes a Visit and Earns a Nomination in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Social Media Awards for Best Pet Blog Post


He may be gone in the physical sense, but there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Jazz is still with me….

Last night after dinner I was in my office catching up on things – no surprise there. I try to make use of my time as best I can and I was putting together some materials for my upcoming trip I will be taking to the Global Pet Expo in Orlando. I have never been to this event, but since it’s close to home and won’t break the bank, I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet some new people, catch up with friends, and learn about all the coolest cat products and trends that are on the market to share on Zee & Zoey’s blog. Dan will be coming with me for the first time and it will be nice to venture out with him instead of leaving him home with the cats. My oldest son who turns 30 today (sigh) will be cat-sitting, so there you have it.

What made last night more unique was my visitor. Please don’t think I’m crazy, but ever since Mr. Jazz crossed the Rainbow Bridge last August, sometimes I see him in the house. Mostly it’s when I’m on the couch watching TV – I will catch a glimpse of him down the hallway as if he’s getting ready to lie on my chest like he had done a thousand times before, and sometimes I feel him lying on top of my legs in the bedroom at night. Read more