If you’re here, you undoubtedly love dogs. If you’re a regular reader of ours, you no doubt enjoy a good laugh now and then. Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber is a book you’ll surely enjoy reading . You can enter the giveaway to win a free copy too!
Barbara Brunner, the author of this wonderful book, had my attention – and had me laughing out loud – from the start. The dog with the tampons on her ears, the “neener, neener, neener” girl, the counter-surfer, the little one who believed she could do and be anything- these are some of the personalities that fill the book with wonderful stories. My favorite? Cooper really pulled at my heartstrings.
Barbara and her husband, Ray, share a love for their dogs that is evident in how they treat them as family members. If you didn’t know otherwise, you’d assume she was referring to people, as her description of each personality and associated behavior is so rich and detailed. They may not be professional experts, but this couple’s experiences with, and undeniable love for, their pets makes them dogs’ best friends. Paws and thumbs up from CindyLu and me for this book – it’s a can’t-put-it-down, fabulous read!
For dog lovers everywhere…….Barbara’s vivid ABCs 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. This book will inspire you with the couple’s unstinting love, devotion, and respect for dogs as family members. You’ll be glad to include it in your treasured collection of great dog books.
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!”
Barbara 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.
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Disclosure: I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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