When I picked you up, I knew you were entering my world from my dreams, but I didn’t begin to know just how precious the cargo, you sitting by—and lying on—me.   

I brought you home to complete our family. I didn’t know then you were coming home to complete me.

 Often spiritual and utterly inspirational, Christine Hassing’s poetic memoir describes the marathon runner’s journey toward acceptance of the physical loss of her beloved family member, a dog named Roo, and acknowledgment of the powerful, ongoing emotional connection she continues to share with her.

Written in a flowing, rhythmic, and at times, rhyming style, this meditative reflection on hope, faith, and love is much more than a tribute to a lost loved one. It’s about moving beyond past hurts, nourishing the self, learning forgiveness, and discovering and nurturing love in the form of two- and four-legged creatures who remain “forever by our sides.”

To the Moon and Back…To Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet is a moving testimony written in journal form that illustrates how it is possible to uncover meaning, messages, and gratitude in nature and find our way back to self-acceptance by embracing the bumps and the beauty in the road.

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To the Moon and Back to Me:

What I Learned from Four Running Feet 

Bold, charming, and inspirational, this is a memoir on a loss that we so often neglect and that leaves a void in many lives – the loss of a family member – and for the protagonist, it’s a dog called Roo. In To the Moon and Back to Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet, Christine Hassing explores the lessons of nature, the power of connection — even with a dog — and how our awareness of the life bubbling around us can lead us back to ourselves. She shares her story of loss, family and compassion, one that culminates with self-acceptance. Edged with insight and witticism, To the Moon and Back to Me will appeal to canine lovers and anyone looking for an inspiring read.
The narrative is filled with powerful insights, lessons and reflections on life, on purpose, and on the metaphor of the road. Addressing the reader at the start of the story, the author unveils her gift for insight when she states: “I met a gentleman who shared what would become the foundation to my belief about life. No moment is coincidence. No person crosses our path unplanned.” Christine Hassing communicates in a very compelling voice and shows a unique gift at exploring human emotions and navigating the deeper layers of the human heart.
An insightful effort that brings clarity to a baffling event in the protagonist’s life, To the Moon and Back to Me: What I Learned from Four Running Feet is deeply emotional and poignant, and written in a way that allows readers to see a reflection of their own experience through the eyes and clear voice of the narrator. The lyricism in style, coupled with the conscious use of symbolism, drives a message of hope and compels readers to look at life and human connections from a fresh perspective. – Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Reader’s Favorite

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Hope has a Cold Nose

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I am writing this book for a few reasons.  One, I am passionate about holistic healing and wish to inspire and increase awareness about alternative healing methodologies.   I also believe deeply that though we can’t prevent nor change life-altering experiences, we can choose to make why they happened matter.  I am always moved by the strength of the human spirit in how it finds the will to give purpose to the darkest times.    I am writing Hope Has a Cold Nose to be a voice for the stories of brave men and women who have dug deep within to find their own strength to not give up, that this book can reach and inspire others who are not certain they can continue stepping forward.   And, I am writing this book to advocate for those journeying with PTSD that society will pause, ask to hear stories, and gently listen without judgment or fear.   Pain, Trauma, Sorrow, and Despair is an acronym that invokes negative connotations. I would like to reframe how people perceive PTSD such that it becomes positively integrated into our vocabulary and our actions.   My intent is to increase understanding, foster compassion and dignity, and create …hope. For twenty-two individuals a day, yes! And for so many more!

Should the stories I am seeking be only about a service dog?   Hope Has a Cold Nose continues to evolve.  Initially my focus was on the healing impact of service dogs.  This book may evolve to include equestrian therapy, time immersed in nature, or other alternative healing methodologies. I am letting the stories guide the book that is meant to be.  Since the ultimate authors are the brave men and women who walk with PTSD, it is the authors that need to determine the book that will best inspire and influence the readers.

I have also began periodically blogging Stories of Hope, which have included stories of three military veterans and their service dogs. Until Hope Has a Cold Nose is available in book form to a large audience, I want to ensure stories that can help others are heard…now!   Support is needed not later; it is urgently needed now.

Bottom line, if you have a story you would like to share, contact me. Together we can determine if your story will be for Hope Has a Cold Nose, to be shared via a blog, or if it will be a story that I write for you to have for you only.

If you wish to share your story, go to the contact page and send me a message.


Christine Hassing



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