Giveaway and Book Review
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!”
Throughout 2012 and 2013, Dog-Ma has been on the Bestseller lists of Kindle, Amazon and Goodreads as well 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.
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Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber was a real tearjerker. The stories were heart-wrenching and always led to a heartwarming ending. Animal lovers know we will almost always have to say goodbye to our animals, however we still take them in as family and never look back at that decision.
The way Barbara wrote the wonderful short stories of each of her dogs and their experiences made me feel like I was right there watching the stories unfold. I got to know her dogs, her husband, and herself through the book. She mentions the unconditional love of each of these animals for her, but she didn't mention her unconditional love for each of them- doing whatever was necessary to fix each one's wounds and the strength it takes for her to say goodbye...
Knowing how much their dogs were and are loved just touches my heart to it's very core. This is a wonderful life experience book and well worth the read! You don't have to be a dog lover to read this. You only have to have a heart for Dog-Ma The Zen of Slobber to touch you very deeply.
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.
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