Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber – Book Review
If you love dogs and are looking for a book filled with home-spun tales about both the trials and tribulations and the joys and rewards that come with sharing your lives with nine (that’s right – I said nine!) rescue dogs over the course of 32 years and 17 relocations – and you have time to spare, time to laugh, and time to cry – then pick up a copy of Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber by Barbara Boswell Brunner.
Barbara is a woman who is passionate about dogs and it shows in the stories that she tells!
In many ways, Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber is an autobiographical book about Barbara, a woman whose life revolves around her dogs. Barbara meets her husband Ray in the late 1970s and they bond over their love of dogs. They share a passion in their retail careers for helping others create beautiful, peaceful, zen-like environments in their homes – but the dogs they rescue bring chaos into their personal abodes.
When you rescue a dog, you never know who you are bringing into your home, or who you will meet in the process. Some of the stories Barbara shares will make the hairs on your head stand on end!
At the beginning of the book, Barbara provides a list of the dogs she writes about – their breeds – and the years they lived – and I found myself constantly referring to the list as I read their stories to keep track of each dog. The most dogs Barbara ever had at one time is five dogs – most of the time she’s had at least two.
Barbara’s rescues include a Black, Blue, and Red Doberman – two German and one American Rottweiler – a Black Lab Dalmatian – a Brittany Spaniel – and a Parson Russell Terrier. Here are a few of the dogs that she’s loved:
While I enjoyed reading all of the dog stories, I’d have to say it was the stories about the Dobermans I loved the most. Kashi – Barbara’s first dog and Doberman – was a girl with a huge smile who would eat anything she could get her mouth around. Furniture was her favorite. Kashi also had a heart for wounded dogs. Barbara credits Kashi with bringing Turbo – her second dog and Doberman – into their lives and from saving her from the infamous Night Stalker.
Cooper – Barbara’s Red Doberman – was my favorite. He was an incredible dog whose story affected me immensely. Barbara rescued Cooper from her owners – champion show breeders – who were planning to euthanize her because she did not meet AKC standards, and they did not want their reputations tarnished. I really felt like I knew Cooper after reading his stories and did not want his stories to end. Cooper repays Barbara’s kindness by saving her life – but his story ends in a heartbreaking way.
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.
I enjoyed Barbara’s stories immensely and appreciate her desire to give her dogs the best life possible.
If you enjoy reading about the antics of dogs and their owners, you will enjoy Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber!
This review is presented to you as part of the Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber Book Tour.
Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber – Honors
Throughout 2012 and 2013, Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber has been on the Bestseller lists of Kindle, Amazon and Goodreads. Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber was also named as a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Animal/Pet category and was presented with a Medal at the Harvard Club in New York City – May 2013.
Video – Barbara Boswell Brunner Interview
To learn more about Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber , please watch this interview video with Barbara Boswell Brunner!
About Barbara Boswell Brunner
Award-winning author Barbara Brunner grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. Barbara 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.
For More Information:
- Visit the Dog-Ma The Book Website.
- Visit Barbara’s Blog.
- Read an Excerpt from Dog-Ma.
- Connect with Barbara on Facebook and Twitter.
- Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber is available on Amazon.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Beck Valley Books Book Tours for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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A thoroughly enjoyable review, thank you so much for sharing. xx
I saw the book title and knew I’d like it from that! this is a wonderful review. I read RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein a long time ago and still haven’t gotten over it! I’m going to have to get up my courage for this one…
I have added this to my TBR pile.