Robert Scott

Biography

Robert Scott worked for America Online for nearly a quarter-century both in-house and as a consultant, and he continues to work for the company as a consultant from his home in Southwest Florida

During that time he's worm many "hats," from "guiding" members through the use of the service; hosting live online events with luminaries such as authors Tom Clancy and the late Timothy Leary; actors Don DeFore, Tony Dow and scores more; to developing, writing and hosting online game shows. Currently he provides "troubleshooting services" for users.

Among his hobbies he lists daily bike rides, often logging 20 or more miles, swimming, people-watching, gardening and maintaining his home near the Gulf of Mexico, and his loving fox terrier, Foxy Lady III, up to her death on October 12, 2010.

"RJ," as he's known online, is a true pet lover. In the past 41 years he's had 7 dogs. All of them eventually had to be "put down," undoubtedly the most heartbreaking decision a pet owner will ever need to face.

Thus the basis for his story: It's a combination of fiction, mixed with fact, based on experiences with "the ladies in my life," Kim, Tammy, Heidi, Heidi II, Lady I, Lady II and most recently and primarily Lady III.

Bound to appeal to pet lovers everywhere, the story is happy, sad and tragic, yet ends with an uplifting experience that pet lovers everywhere are certain to love.

Pre-publish comments: "WOW! It is beautiful. It is dear. It is soulful. I haven't been able to stop thinking about your story. It is so rich, so beautiful, so poignant." - Cathy McCormick, SC.

"It was so poignant and moving, and incredibly captivating. Well done!" - Eileen Clark Bramlet, VA.

Additional reviews as of July 17, 2011 from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_65?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=crossing+the+rainbow+bridge+...+your+pet+when+it%27s+time+to+let+go&sprefix=crossing+the+rainbow+bridge+...+your+pet+when+it%27s+time+to+let+go


5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of previous pets..., April 27, 2011
By
Diane Griffiths "icesk8tr" (Alpharetta, GA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
I had to put this book down every few chapters to get more tissues and wait for the tears to stop so I could continue reading. This story has brought back many memories of pets I have had and lost for various reasons. I am hoping to reconnect with all of them on Rainbow Bridge! This book explores the joy, connection, and sadness owning a pet can bring to a family.

This would be a great book for animal lovers, rescue groups, veterinarians, and children who are trying to cope with the loss of a beloved pet.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, July 15, 2011
By
Liz - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
This book was a really easy read and a total tear jerker! I would read a chapter, and cry, and have to put it down, and give my dogs a hug before going back to reading. As an animal lover, it really touched my heart, and I will remember this story always. It let's you truly appreciate your dog as your best friend. I know when the time comes for my dogs to go, I will think back to this book that gave me hope.

I highly recommend this book to read, as it will touch anyones heart as it did to mine. Well done RJ!

5.0 out of 5 stars A "Touching Tail", June 29, 2011
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Leslie M. - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
This book was definitely a tearjerker. A book for any animal lover, although very sad it leaves you with the hope that you will one day join your own furry friends on the Rainbow Bridge. A short read, very to the point but touching at the same time.


5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story, June 27, 2011
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Marvine E, Dethloff (PORT CHARLOTTE, FL, US) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
This book was a gift from a friend, who knows I come from a family of animal lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed the warm story, as it parallels each of our lives with ups and downs, good times and bad, celebrating the loyal friends we all enjoy so much. The scenes were so true to life, showing the warmth of a close family, and proving that the joy and comfort our pets bring us through the years greatly overshadows the sadness and heartache that comes at the end of their lives.
This book is a quick read, requires a few tissues through the chapters, and would make a great gift for a fellow animal lover. I have purchased a few to share with family and friends.

5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately Uplifting, June 16, 2011
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David C. Svatos (Washington, DC USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
RJ's thoughtful short novel tells the story of a family's love for one another and how one little dog makes them whole. It gives us all hope that death does not separate us from loved ones. I read in one sitting and never put down. Well done RJ.

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort in affirmation of one day being united again., June 14, 2011
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Julie Cenci - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
This book is spellbinding ...I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Although this story was an easy read for me, its deep storyline emphasizes the unpredictability of life. Robert has created a wonderful tool to prepare ambivalent pet owners regarding when it is time to let go of an ailing or aging pet. Most readers will find comfort in the affirmation that they will one day be reunited with all those who have been lost and are held dear. With all the experience that Robert has in writing and editing for AOL, it is no surprise that he would produce a book of this quality. Great Job! When will the next book be out?

5.0 out of 5 stars Crossing The Rainbow Bridge, Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go,May 22, 2011
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Amy - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
As a dog lover who grew up with dogs and lost one of my big loves and best friend just a year ago, I was a bit anxious thinking about reading "Crossing the Rainbow Bridge" as I knew it would open old wounds.

While very difficult to read certain parts, I found that Robert's story gently led me through and I was able to experience the joys of pet companionship on a new level. I laughed and I cried and felt more deeply connected to my dogs of the past and my current dog Kona than ever before. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love for dogs, has suffered great loss or ever pondered what happens after we leave this physical life! Thank you Robert for this moving story ... here's to Lady!

5.0 out of 5 stars A Validating and Essential Book, May 16, 2011
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HummingbirdMind - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
Described by others as a "quick and easy read," this book was neither quick nor easy, but it was an important and enjoyable read. As another said, it took me a while to finish it. I kept picking it up, reading a little -- grabbing for a tissue -- and then looking at my beloved, aging pets in a new way -- especially my late mother's Golden/Chesapeake Retriever mix, Lucy, who is preparing for her own crossing. This is not just a story of a family and it's dogs. If you pay attention you see that it is a story about the journey all of us share with our four legged friends. And, it is as much a book about humans as it is about our pets. It's packed with life's experiences and hope.

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, Heart-warming, A Story of Faith & Love, May 14, 2011
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Cathleen Mccormick (Upstate SC) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
In Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, Robert Scott speaks to all of us. It's a story of love, joy, loss, sorrow, survival, and faith. Robert used his personal experience of losing a beloved pet to weave this story and create a lasting legacy in honor of his sweet dog, Lady. With this story he also left the rest of us a heart-warming story of how love and faith will carry us through all of life's challenges, loses, and grief. Who is this book for? Anyone who loves a good read. Anyone who loves their pets. Anyone who has struggled to keep going despite unbearable loss and grief. This is a lovely, good read -- enjoy!

5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Real...for Anyone Who's Loved and Lost, April 26, 2011
By
Julia L. Wilkinson (Alexandria, VA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
"Crossing the Rainbow Bridge" tells the story of a young family and their loves and losses as the years go by. It deals with a delicate subject -- death -- with tenderness and sensitivity, and in a very "real" way.

The book is a quick read and I got through it quickly, wanting to know what came next for Dan, Cathy and their little family. Anyone who has loved and lost a pet -- or indeed any living creature -- will be moved, and most likely, ultimately uplifted, by the novel. In a culture that shies away from dealing with death, I believe this book will be comforting and also enlightening for not only adults but young adults and teens as well.

A Book for All Pet Lovers, April 11, 2011
By
Cheryl "League for Animal Protection of Hunti... (Long Island, NY) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
RJ Scott is an amazing storyteller. This blend of reality and fiction is exactly what every pet owner needs. You can't go wrong with this book. It completely resonated with me. As a pet owner and as an animal rescue volunteer and advocate, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It should be on the bookshelf of every pet lover and in every library. Bravo and well done to the author!

5.0 out of 5 stars A++++, April 8, 2011
By
Donna9331 "Donna" (Cincinnati Ohio) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
This book captivated me from the first page..."authors note" through the very last page. I read it in one sitting...couldn't put it down!

It takes you through all the important events in a couples life...the good, the bad, loving, losing, and well, let's just say I won't spoil the ending for you, but just tell you that it ends the way ALL animal lovers hope for. If you're looking for a book that can show you the good in the bad, and in the end, ultimate happiness, this is the book for you.

Buy it, you won't be sorry :)

5.0 out of 5 stars Crossing the rainbow bridge, April 3, 2011
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Jeffrey F. Burnatowski "J. Burnatowski" (Pennsyvania) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
If you are dog lover and want a hearfelt book this is the one. Knowing the author and animal lover Robert Scott transforms his work for others to enjoy. The book has many twists and turns and ups and downs, and shows us how our pets will be a part of our lives forever. Best to you Bob!

Jeff Burnatowski

5.0 out of 5 stars Crossing Rainbow Bridge by: Robert Scott, April 1, 2011
By
Cheryl Graham - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
Wow, the book surprised me. I LOVED IT! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll need to know what is happening next. Great Job!

5.0 out of 5 stars Unconditional Love, March 31, 2011
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Patricia Manescu Becker - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
Wow! I could not put this book down. The joy, the sorrow and the joy....makes you realize what an impact our pets have on our lives. Life goes by so fast and taking time sharing it with someone special (who gives you unconditional love) is priceless. Great Job, well done RJ Scott.

5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING, heartfelt, touching book - a must read for pet lovers!,March 23, 2011
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Morgan Bramlet (McLean, VA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
We cannot say enough great things about the touching and heartfelt new novel by tech pioneer and animal advocate Robert Scott. The story is one you won't soon forget, and leaves the reader with a profound and wonderful bittersweet memory. Anyone who has ever had a pet will LOVE this book, and should buy it immediately. Kudos to Mr. Scott for an incredible first novel! Well done!

Best,

Eileen and Morgan Bramlet
Washington, DC

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A Delicate Subject, July 14, 2011
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M. Shelto "Bocker the Labradoodle" (NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Kindle Edition)
A delicate subject on every pet owners mind. Written in a compassionate and heartwarming way. We all make our own decisions but this book helps us to understand and realize deep down inside what we decide is right. A heartfelt read whether a pet owner or not.

5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Moving, May 1, 2011
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Pam Hilton - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Kindle Edition)
This is a heartwarming and very moving story about when it's time to let go, whether it's a pet or family member. The author writes with passion and compassion about the difficult decision one makes when a pet's quality of life deteriorates to the point when they're just "existing." I recommend this book to anyone with a pet.

5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional but truly enjoyable read!, October 6, 2011
By
Lara M. - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop...and I didn't. Robert Scott takes you through the journey that all animal lovers go through, that of wonderful joy and also pain of loss. You'll become attached to the main character as he goes through life with his wonderful dogs and you'll experience what dog lovers know -- that life's challenges are a little easier with a canine by your side.

A Touching Story That Provides a Sense of Peace, September 25, 2011
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Kimberly B. Evering - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go (Volume 1) (Paperback)
This book is filled with powerful messages about loss, unconditional love, caring, and hope. Robert Scott did a great job of telling the story succinctly; providing readers with the perfect amount of details. The reference to the poem The Rainbow Bridge ties everything together in a beautiful way. The character's feelings are very relatable; like when "Billy clearly understood the comparison of the elephant story in his mind. But in his heart, he was not prepared to accept it." This book is a wonderful read for anyone who has lost a beloved pet or faith. The meaning of the story was comforting to me. The first dog I ever had the privilege of having in my life (I don't like the term "own"), a pug named Gizmo, passed away in December 2010.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert Scott

  • Smashwords Style Guide on July 18, 2011

    Back in the '80s, the Commodore 64 computer used the term "Patience is a virtue." It referred to obscenely long time it took to load a program into the computer's memory. The same applies to Smashwords Style Guide. Last week I wrote a not-too-kind review on the Guide. By the end of the week, after I followed it step-by-step, I felt obligated to delete that review. The Guide does work if one takes the time to follow the steps in the order outlined in it. My book, "Crossing the Rainbow Bridge ... Your Pet: When It's Time to Let Go," although not yet reviewed, delivered no errors in formatting when I READ and FOLLOWED the instructions. My apologies to Mark Coker for jumping the gun.