memoirnonfictionHonorable Mention – Last Summer With Oscar  by Jan Schwartz, Ph.D.

Last Summer with Oscar: An Adventurous True Story of Love and Courage by Jan Schwartz, Ph.D.


Jan and her husband, owners of a loving nine-year-old Golden Retriever named Oscar, were delivered a terrible shock one day when they learned that their loyal dog had been diagnosed with cancer. Shortly thereafter, Oscar’s illness made itself apparent, both in changes to his daily behaviors – lack of appetite and energy – and physical changes to his body. His owners were asked if they would like to go ahead with surgery or chemotherapy, but they elected instead to enjoy Oscar’s last days as a family by just helping him to feel as loved as they could. Then, on a walk through the woods, Oscar stopped to snack on some young Slippery Elm seedlings; it soon became her favorite treat. Not only that, but the plants seemed to be having a healing effect on Oscar’s cancer! This discovery led Jan to do some research of her own, delving into the Slippery Elm’s biology and history and leading her in the direction of other natural cancer cures. Over the course of a year, Oscar’s owners showered him with love and affection and searched for any medicine that might ease the dog’s pain. The Golden Retriever’s hopeful and indomitable spirit helped inspire friends and neighbors as well, encouraging many of them to help find a cure for Oscar’s cancer. Sadly, Oscar passed on just one short year after his diagnosis, but Oscar’s story remains as a testament to his positive response in the face of cancer.

Last Summer with Oscar is both insightful and warmly written, and Schwartz’s text radiates love for her dog. The author was inspired to write Last Summer with Oscar because she wanted to share what she had learned from Oscar, including the possibility of using natural remedies, like Slippery Elm, to treat cancer. Today, cancer is the cause of death for about 1 in 4 dogs, which means that countless canine lives are being cut short each year. For anyone whose pet is currently sick, or who is still coping with the recent loss of the family pet, Last Summer with Oscar offers comfort, wisdom, and hope in the tradition of books like Marley & Me and Dewey the Library Cat.

To purchase a copy of Last Summer with Oscar, click here to find it on Amazon.


TridenttrideltalibraryLast Summer With Oscar was added to the Tridelta Library (Winter 2012)

Interview with KYNT Radio

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Double D's in the Morning

doubledsThe Double D's in the Morning" show (AM 1450 KBMN--Wahpeton, ND--
Hosts: Jamie Dickerson and Bill Dablow) on Tuesday, April 3rd from 9:24-9:44am EST.

Ron Ponder

point_to_ponderWHBC 94.1 FM--"The Ron Ponder Show" Canton, OH.
Host: Ron Ponder (August 8, 2011 @ 11:35 am)

Dresser After Dark

Radio Interview with Jan Schwartz


Bulldog the Rude Awakening

Bulldog_ the_Rude_Awakening_ShowWOCM 98.1 FM Irie Radio--"Bulldog & The Rude Awakening" Oceanside, MD.
Host: Bulldog & Company (March 15, 2012 @ 7 am)

John Maciel KW Magazine Waterloo

john_macielHost: John Maciel : CKWR FM --"KW Magazine" Waterloo, Ontario
KW Magazine--CKWR FM on March 28th at 6:20 pm EST.

My Four Legged Kids

myfourleggedkidspicheaderx450 My Four Legged Kids has highlighted our Amazon book on their site library. "Cancer doesn't care who it hurts, it can go after men, women, children and animals too. I know... I lost not only my Dad, but 2 of my beloved Four Legged kids, Girl and Annie. Jan's 9 year old Golden Retriever , Oscar, was diagnosed with wide spread cancer. Veterinarians' usually suggest either surgery, chemotherapy or the dreaded alternative. But Jan, Oscar and Oscar's litter mate Winston, discovered something accidentally on a walk one day that would extend Oscar's life far longer than anyone thought, without chemo or an operation. This is their story and I think it's a great book to have on your shelf--before you need it."

Canadian National Radio Show with Cheryll

athomeJan spoke - "At Home the National Radio Show" with Cheryll & Sam (September 5th EST)
‘AT HOME with Cheryll & Sam’ is a one hour radio talk show airing weekly on the Corus Network across Canada and online for a global audience

Radio Interviews with Jan

See the Pitt cover article to the left. Read more in the news articles or listen to radio broadcasts of interviews below.

Donna Seebo Show


Jan was on the network -
She was Donna Seebo's guest on Monday, November 5th
from 9 am-9:30 am PST (12 Noon-12:30 EST).

Alissa Wolf mentions in

last-summer-with-oscar-must-read'Last Summer with Oscar' a Must-Read for Holistic Pet Health Practitioners

By Alissa Wolf, Guide September 5, 2012



770kkob-logoJan streamed live with Terrie Q. Sayre, host of Albuquerque's #1 radio show, "Weekends with Terrie Q. Sayre" , and was her guest for one hour on Sunday. Sept 23rd, 2012

Tune in to hear it live on

Russian Dog Wizard


Jan interviewed with the Russian Dog Wizard