Don Landy is a late-blooming lover of dogs and cats. A former automotive executive, he retired at the age of fifty-five years old after serving as president and chief operating officer of a group of companies that are known throughout the world. His wife is a professional breeder of show cats, and, as a result, dogs were never allowed in the house. He took in his first dog at the age of fifty-seven, after the dog, who had been dropped on a rural road, managed to find his carport. He and his wife found a family for the dog, and, in turn, found themselves heartbroken. When they lost our first dog after nearly eleven years, they said, "Never again," but seven months later, Tia entered their lives. A Letter to Tia: Grief. Grieving. The Love, Pain and Loss of a Friend is his deeply personal account of confronting Tia's diagnosis with cancer, and experiencing the grief that pet owners endure when dealing with the loss of a beloved pet.