Elizabeth Cockey

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Sept 1, 2014
Hardcover, 110 pages
Painted Word Ltd
ISBN-10: 0984647341
ISBN-13: 978-0984647347



Elizabeth Cockey

(Baltimore, MD & Greenwich, NY)

Art therapist, author, speaker



Stephanie Ridge | stephanie@prbythebook.com | 512-481-7681 | Twitter: @stephanieridge



  • National authority on the use of art therapy in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke and schizophrenic patients
  • Acclaimed for her work in long-term and palliative care facilities
  • Has created art therapy programs in the Baltimore area for more than 18 years
  • Holds two B.A. degrees in Art and Psychology and a Master’s in Art Therapy, and is a second degree Reiki therapist
  • Animal therapy enthusiast
  • Dedicated to enhancing the personal and mental development of others
  • Author of four books, including two works related to her art/animal therapy work: Drawn from Memory: A Personal Story of Healing Through Art (memoir) and The Reincarnation of Piggie Pie-Pooh (fiction)
  • Frequent speaker for clubs, women’s societies and medical & recreational organizations
  • Past media includes TV and radio interviews on the topics of treating the mind, art therapy techniques, and coping with caregiving


  • The benefits of art therapy with those suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia, stroke or schizophrenia
  • Art as a diagnostic tool
  • The impact of art on the aging brain
  • Animal therapy and the elderly: Using a dog to give comfort can accelerate the recovery process
  • How pets help us deal with loss, death and the afterlife
  • An art and Reiki therapist on the power of pets in healing, especially with geriatrics
  • An intro to art therapy, benefits and techniques


Devout Pekingese lover and art therapist Elizabeth Cockey, with her husband Barton, have experienced the transforming power and simple joy of a wagging tail or heart-melting whine. From serious illness to a plain bad day, dogs can help both children and adults find peace in their lives once again.

Inspired by the tragic loss of their dog, they wrote The Reincarnation of Piggie Pie-Pooh: A Dog Trilogy (September 2014) to ease their pain. A collection of three short stories—”The Year the Devil Came to Christmas,” “The Dog Shusher,” and “The Reincarnation of Piggie Pie-Pooh”—the book shares the beautiful connection between dog and man. A dog found on Christmas, the strange sixth sense dogs have in coming to the aid of their owners, and a beloved pet returning after death, the tales weave together fact and fiction and ring with the truth and honesty that only the pure personality of a dog can have.

Drawing from their relationships with their one lost and three living Pekingese companions, the Cockeys’ honest rendition of life with pets emphasizes the positive influence that they can give to a person in any walk of life. The Reincarnation of Piggie Pie-Pooh demonstrates the love and affection dogs are more than willing to bring to anyone who needs it.

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