June 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2505 S. Brentwood Blvd.

The Brentwood Public Library presents an evening with Beth Miller at the Brentwood Recreation Center. She will discuss her recently published book, The Most Painful Choice. It is a true story of her beloved dog, Champ.

From the publisher:

When Champ, a German Shepherd, was adopted from a local breed rescue, his family hoped and

expected to spend many fun-filled years together. However, Champ suffered physically and

mentally from neglect and trauma from his first years of life. Despite numerous treatments, Champ was

never able to overcome that trauma to become a “normal” dog, and his family made the painful

decision to give him peace through behavior euthanasia.

This work serves not only as an account of Champ’s life and his family’s attempts to help him, but also

as a resource on behavior euthanasia, which is a compassionate choice for unmanageable aggression,

reactivity, bites or severe anxiety. Investigating the potential causes of these issues, chapters examine

scientific research on dog behavior and emotions.


Beth Miller is a writer and editor in St. Louis, Missouri. She has worked in journalism for weekly and

daily newspapers and has been a writer and editor at Washington University in St. Louis since 2006. She

is a member of the National Association of Science Writers; is a longtime runner, cyclist, triathlete, and

duathlete; and enjoys training her Golden Retriever, Mack.