Thursday, December 5, 2013

dog-ma the zen of slobber Book Review

Barbara's vivid and dramatic stories, told with a wicked sense of humor, will make you laugh out loud. She definitely gets what living with rescued dogs (nine of them!) is all about. 

When Barbara meets her future husband, Ray, it is love-and dog-at first sight. Over the course of thirty-two years, seventeen relocations and nine dogs, their mutual love of dogs guides them on their unconventional path. The love that Barbara and Ray get in return is literally lifesaving, with one dog attacking a lethal intruder and another discovering Barbara’s cancer. Her own survival story underscores the story of how her dogs become survivors themselves. 

Each new dog adds its own dynamic to the family, sometimes upending it. From Turbo (whose Spock-like ears may have provided super powers), Barbara learns about the will to live; Lexington demonstrates incredible patience and an inexplicable love of golf; Madison teaches that laughter is truly the best medicine and that the whole “nine lives thing” is not reserved just for cats; Morgan should be sainted for tolerating Izzy, who is as cute as she is bad. Barbara is certain that somewhere in doggie heaven there is a poster that says “If you are sick, injured or in need of really expensive medical care, FIND THESE HUMANS!”

My Take:

I have a Yorkie named Charlie and he truly came into my life at  a point when I needed the added love of someone or something to get me thru a dark period in my life when I was beginning to give up on life and people. So, I get this story about how this couple loved each and every one of these dogs. They are truly remarkable beings and I think they know a lot more than we give them credit for. I am so happy that Barbara & Ray opened their hearts to these dogs.

I am sure that they all needed each other or they wouldn't have been there in their lives. Just goes to show that sometimes, things happen that can't be explained.

I have a friend who has one such story and she loves telling it. She is an avid walker who gets up at 6 am every day and walks on our road for about 3 miles. One day while she was out walking, 2 men appeared on the right side of the road, waiting for her. Then out of nowhere, a German Shepard that she had never seen in all the time she has been walking, just appeared out of the woods and got between her and the 2 men.

The German Shepard stayed with her until she got back home and then the dog just turned around and left and she never saw him again. She wonders to this day, was it really a dog or an angel? Who cares? It came when needed and that is all that counts.

If you love dogs or a dog, then this story will give you a tug on your heart. If you don't own a dog, then maybe this story might inspire you to check out your neighborhood humane society or other adoption center and take in a much deserved dog who will love you until the end. That's all that we all want in the end, to be loved and to love back. No better way to do that then with a dog!

Happy Reading!

Throughout 2012 and 2013, Dog-Ma has been on the Bestseller lists of Kindle, Amazon and Goodreads aswell as being named as a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the animal/pet category and presented with a medal at the Harvard Club in New York City - May 2013.

About the Author
Award Winning Author, Barbara Brunner grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from a small women's college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Meeting her husband in Washington, DC, they continued together on a journey as self-proclaimed dog addicts.

In the ensuing years, she founded three successful businesses in the Pacific Northwest and is a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. She and her husband are retired and now reside in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur. She is currently working on indulging her well known flip flop addiction.

Barbara is available for book readings, autographing and speaking engagements and may be scheduled for your book or dog event. 

"My inspiration for writing this book was driven by pure emotion and my desire to invite the reader to step into the journey of my utterly insane true-life stories."
– Barbara Boswell Brunner, Author, dog-ma

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


Dorrie Turner said...

I like the Slumped Marble Amethyst with White.

Sharon Martin said...

That's such a fabulous story, somebody was definitely looking out for her that day. Dogs are wonderful creatures xx