Last Summer with Oscar, an International Bestseller written by forensic behavioral scientist Jan Schwartz, Ph.D., narrates the adventurous, true life story of a nine-year-old Golden Retriever’s response to cancer. After learning the severity of Oscar’s diagnosis, Jan and her husband ruled out standard treatment options such as surgery and chemotherapy for this gentle-natured golden. Instead, they chose to celebrate the life and spirit of their beloved pet each day left with him. Then, surprisingly, Oscar began eating Slippery Elm leaves. With Oscar leading the way, Jan’s curiosity about Slippery Elm leaves marks the beginning of their exploration and discovery of little-known cancer remedies. The book details the events and happenings with both scientific precision and heartfelt spiritual insights.

The goodness of the journey elicited unusual kindnesses, exceptional measures of helpfulness and perfectly timed suggestions from others. Displaying profound will and courage, a much adored Golden Retriever named Oscar reveals truths about cancer treatment that may impact veterinary science for years to come.

This story inspires love and a true belief in the potential of humanity. Last Summer with Oscar was published in 2011 by ACFEI Media. Second and third printings were done through One World Books.  Oscar’s story is available at,, and Kindle, Nook and most reader editions are available as well.  The  Last Summer with Oscar Workbook  was published in December 2012 and released through the Ingram Advance Catalog network.

17 Comments on “Home”

  1. It is Power of love, love is treating, love have power of peace, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power there will be peace in the world.”

    1. I am so grateful for the wisdom in your words, Bahman. Yes, absolutely! This is truly the message Oscar hopes for us to hear. “If we grow in love, we may expect to love always.” Thank you for being an ambassador of love throughout the world!

  2. I read the book in less than a 24 hour period. Thank you for writing it. I will store the information for an unknown future.

  3. Jan, thank you for answering your “call” to write and share this…I will purchase a copy today or check it out at the Library. Wow, what a way to start my day! My best to you for sharing this most heart touching and soul warming adventure, Last Summer with Oscar. LJ

  4. Thank you ever so much for your most gracious comment, L.j.! This journey with Oscar and Winston was most unexpected and initially a devastating experience…over time, the adventure became showered with so many bright moments that it brought us more love than we were providing. That’s what happens when we develop deep bonds of connectedness with others!

  5. i may say we find happiness and freedom when we realize we waste time focusing on negative thought instead of beauty around and so are slave of our mind and keep our soul shy 🙂 when we realise that we just enjoy each little moment to help us reach the goal

    1. Thank you so much for your beautifully stated comments, Raj! Yes, I do believe that if we keep our thoughts on connectedness and being helpful to one another, we may be able to solve many of the world’s problems…together!

    1. Dear Ralph,
      My heart is filled with hope and joy in reading your response and in hearing about your goodness!
      Thank you for sharing your heart with all of us! I am so glad that you and your dogs (smiles) are enjoying Oscar’s story…

  6. Slippery Elms I’ve planted two of them in an open meadow near a pond in our national forest..I love Jan she is the best…I love the book and have read it several times. It’s next to my bed and sometimes I read a few pages while my two dogs sleep in the bed with me…I know I need to get a much bigger bed.

    1. Your amazing support means so much to me, Ralph! Thank you for your extraordinary example of living and loving…

  7. So good to see and read that “dogs” are being given their correct place in out lives and as our Guides. We (Personhood Press) recently published a title featuring a stray dog, Max, as the Guide for a woman whose life had gone “astray.” (STRAYS: A Woman, a Dog and the Wisdom of Nature). Would love to send you a reading copy if you would like. Bradley

    1. Thank you ever so much for sharing your meaningful comments, Bradley! I believe that dogs truly are angels from heaven…So glad to hear about your own work. Absolutely! I would enjoy reading your book. Please send it to me at P.O. Box 36058 Canton, OH 44735-6058. Every best wish to you!

    1. Hello Lesley,
      Thank you so much for your interest in Oscar’s story! I will be in touch via e-mail regarding your request.
      Sending my warmest regards to you…

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