Book Review- Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber -Barbara Boswell | Miki's Hope

Book Review- Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber -Barbara Boswell

Sunday, December 1, 2013


If you have ever been owned by dogs or cats or a combination of both you will appreciate this book. I just finished it and have tears in my eyes. It brought back such wonderful memories of all the characters who shared my life. And they were characters!!

This book is written from the heart and you will laugh and cry and sometimes cringe at the antics these dogs pulled--and as friendly as they all were--well beware the intruder! I am positive that the invisible fence was a god send to the Boswells--although I know for a fact one of my dogs would have figured a way around it! Heck he escaped by digging his way under a fence at a vets office and appeared magically at our door! I would get a call from his usual vet (he was forever having to stay over because he would eat or do something that required an overnight stay) the minute he was feeling better. While sick he was the perfect patient--as soon as he would deem himself healed--out came the teeth!!

For all you animal lovers out there-you know-the one's who don't care if there is fur all around you and you don't particularly care if things get knocked over-and will remind guests who the actual occupants of your home are-and love puppy and kitten breath-and having a warm cuddly body to snuggle with-read this book!

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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!”



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.

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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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"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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21 comments :

Coolmoms Cooltips said...

I am already crazy about the tittle! can't wait to read this book
thanks for the review

Masshole Mommy said...

This book sounds really cute. We are actually getting a new dog today, so the timing is perfect.

Jennifer Williams said...

I read this book last year and it was by far my favorite book. I still talk about it and recommend it to others.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I miss having animals but there is no way right now that I would want to own one. This book does sound great but I am afraid if I read it.... I will want another dog.

Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison said...

I needed that invisible fence. My Maltese ran out of our yard 3 times and each time I had to pick him up at the Humane Society and each time they charged me an arm and a leg. The 4th time he did it I surrendered him. The kids didn't mind either. My Shih-Tzu is so different. I love books about animals and all the things they do. Between him and my cat I can write a novel as well. :)

Sharon Martin said...

Lol, living with fur everywhere even though you only just hoovered and think getting knocked over are certainly a daily event in our house, I love this book !

Ashley Gill said...

Just reading the title made me smile.. :) My dog Danny slobbers so much while he is hiding under the dinner table... His drool will be in a long string all the way to the floor... disgusting, but funny! I will have to check this book out!

amanda ripsam said...

I don't own pet's unless you count kids and hubby

Hugh Ebner said...

Dog-Ma The Zen of Slobber, you had me at the title. I have two fur babies that can get into much mischief. I know my family would enjoy this book.

barbara brunner said...

Miki, your review made me chuckle! Thank you! It warms my heart to know other peoples dogs are as nutty as mine! I am so glad you enjoyed the book!

Rachee said...

I'm not a fan of dogs but love books like this. I know a few people who would love this book.

Pam said...

Oh that is too funny what she thinks about the sign. I think there is a sign somewhere around our neighborhood that says, "Drop your cats off here."

Maria said...

I love having animals around me!! I would definitely be interested in this!!

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

I'd love to give this to my sister, who loves her dogs more than she loves me. And I really am not kidding. Sounds like a cute and fun book!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I would definitely appreciate this book because I have always had pets and they certainly have their own distinct personalities. They are their own unique characters.

Onica MommyFactor said...

There's not enough books like this about a pet. Dogs def have personalities which led them into some humorous situations. This books seems like a great read.

marielle said...

great book review. I dont have have any pets, but I feel like i would enjoy the book nonetheless. thanks for sharing!

Melanie B said...

I have just started to read this book! It sounds really great , thanks for sharing

Fan R. said...

Interesting story, I had dogs when I was younger and I was always inspired with pets, as dogs love you fully and sincerely, till last moment of their life.

Fan R @TeddyOutReady

Courtney Pies said...

I have actually read this book and really enjoyed it! We have two dogs ourselves and the love we get from them is just amazing. Don't know what I would do without them! :)

Katherine Bartlett said...

How fun! I wish they can do a book about birds like this!

 
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