How did I get through that painful year of firsts after the death of my mother? With an uncontrollable dog, a curmudgeon of a father and several dead pigeons.
How would he cope after losing the love of his life for close to 63 years? He needed a project. He was a retired cop who mainly spent time hunting, fishing and taking care of my ailing mother. He needed something that would get him out of the house, the same one they bought five years after they got married, the one my mother said she would never leave unless it was feet first, and, well, that happened. Enter me and my underachieving labrador, Seamus.
At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Sit Stay Heal will touch the souls of dog lovers everywhere, and speak to anyone seeking a way to connect with those they’ve lost.
Published by Sourcebooks.
She is the author of Cop's Kid: A Milwaukee Memoir. Terrace Books.
Cop's Kid: A Milwaukee Memoir
Dad packed a lunch and packed heat
Growing up, Mel Miskimen thought that a gun and handcuffs on the kitchen table were as normal as a gallon of milk and a loaf of Mrs. Karl's bread. Her father, a Milwaukee cop for almost forty years was part Super Hero (He simply held up his hand and three lanes of traffic came to a screeching halt) and part Supreme Being (he could be anywhere at anytime. I never knew when or where he would pop up.) Miskimen's memoir, told in humorous vignettes, tells what it was like for a girl growing up with a dad who packed a lunch and packed heat.