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Book Reviews: Dog-Ma - the Zen of Slobber by Barbara Boswell Brunner

categories: Pets, Dog Lover, Memoir, True Story, Animal, Breast Cancer, Pet Loss, Humor, Funny Dog Stories, Pet Travel, Dogs


Barbara Boswell Brunner

Author Barbara Boswell Brunnerabout this book: From Award Winning author Barbara Boswell Brunner comes a vivid true story filled with emotional moments, wicked humor, and (of course) dogs! When Barbara meets Ray, it is love—and dog—at first sight. Over the course of 32 years, 17 moves, and nine rescued pooches, their mutual adoration of canines guides them on an unconventional path. The love the couple gets in return is literally lifesaving—their dogs attack intruders, help discover Barbara’s cancer, and add defining dynamics to their family. Discover this heartfelt story of survival yourself with this copy, signed by the author.

A Tale Of Puppy Love
Perhaps it’s their love for each other; or their unending patience; or maybe it’s just fate that brought nine different rescued dogs into the life of Barbara Boswell Brunner and her husband Ray. Find out in dog-ma: The Zen of Slobber—a heartfelt and hilarious true story of a dog-loving pair and their life-saving pets.

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

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 A Woof Worthy Read

The dog are the real stars of this book and the story shines when it focuses on them. The narrative reads in such a way that you can tell the author remembers each story fondly and it's easy to get lost in it, much like you get lost in a good conversation.

I found myself falling in love with the family dogs. I knew exactly how Barbara felt as she described some of the "mistakes" they made with Kashi and my heart jumped when they knew it was time to get her a friend. Tears flowed freely when they had to say good bye to the dogs they loved and my heart soared as they welcomed each new pup into their lives.

The story captures the spirit and personality of each dog, as only someone who loved them truly could. You'll see bits of your own dog's personalities in each one. I growled at Kolchak when antique furniture got chewed and snuggled into Felix when a rescue dog ran from his old people. Barbara's dogs are just like everyone's dogs: furry and full of love and wisdom. Dog-ma: the Zen of Slobber is a woof worthy read that dog-lovers will thoroughly enjoy. [by Jodi Chick]

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I have to admit that I love my dog, but I'm not one to pick up a dog book. So this book would have been passed over at a bookstore. And I would have so regretted it.

Dog-Ma is the story of Barbara Brunner and her husband who find themselves parents to a variety of dogs that tend to need special attention but have such unique personalities. She introduces the dogs to the reader in such a way that I honestly feel like I could walk up to any dog in her home and know exactly which one it was. I would even feel like an old friend. That might not be how the dog feels though.

Barbara is an amazing author. She doesn't have to create an amusing tale for you. She lets her dogs do that. I see so much of my own dog in some of hers. I have my own Houdini. I gave up trying to put her in a crate.

I do have to warn you of something. I never like my readers to be surprised by anything in a book I review unless it is a twist in the plot. In Ms. Brunner's book you will find yourself laughing out loud or sobbing. You might do both at the same time. I know I did. My husband almost took the book away. He thought I was loosing my marbles.

This book covers many years. It talks of the new additions to the family and the passing of many.

Do you love dogs? Then you have to get this book. Do you not love dogs? Get this book anyway. You'll find yourself looking for a dog to adopt by the end of it. Seriously, this is one of my 2012 selections and though I love many books I review I rarely put this comment in the review.

 Excellent read. Wickedly funny!

If you are a dog lover, as we are, Barbara Boswell Brunner and her husband Ray are people you will be delighted to meet. 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. 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.

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