JOANNE Jarvis from Holmes Chapel is celebrating the success of Dexter’s Diary on the Amazon book charts.

Joanne has a great love of animals, and has shared her heart-warming story in the book, which shows the unbreakable bond she has with her beloved Dalmatian Dexter, as she sets out on her mission to get us all to treat animals with greater kindness.

Joanne, 47, said: “There is something for everyone in the book; it will make you laugh, cry and think. I knew I had to share Dexter’s memoirs and our journey of love, devotion, personal revelation and change.

“Dexter taught me what being with an animal soul mate really meant – he supported me, guided me, predetermined my destiny and opened wondrous, enchanting doors.”

In the book Joanne shares the ups and downs along with the emotional and physical highs and lows of their life and adventures together, from happy puppy tales, funny stories and wonderful times, through illness, heartache, saying goodbye and honouring Dexter with a compassionate, fitting farewell.

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Joanne decided to stop climbing the corporate ladder after 20 years with the same company and gave up her job owing to illness.

Joanne said: “I don’t know how I would have got through the days without Dexter. He was by my side always helping me. He was my strength and motivation and gave me companionship and unconditional love.

“Readers will learn how Dexter not only changed my life, but subsequently this led to us helping countless other people and their animal companions too.

“Dexter’s Diary examines the closeness of our inexplicable bond, and inspires readers to consider the possibility that inter-species communication is possible and that love never dies; such a bond and the power of love can never be broken.

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“I hope it brings comfort to know that just like human loved ones, your beloved pets never leave us. They will always be with you and forever in your heart.

“I know this book will touch people on many levels and make a big difference by helping people to see animals in a new light and from a different perspective.

“Dexter was courageous, resilient and showed me how remarkable and inspiring animals really are.

“Although no book could ever make up for the heartache of bereavement and losing a beloved pet, I hope Dexter’s Diary will comfort and console those who have felt such depth of loss.

“Dexter was a joy to be with and reminded us to always make the best of life whatever the circumstances.”