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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You do not have to be a dog-lover to understand and fall for this book. Each dog and human found their own place in this family story. Sometimes the stories are filled with laughter, disbelief, tears, fears and courage. Above all it is a story of love. I found myself thinking of my beloved Opal many times while reading this book.I would catch myself saying… “I know, Right!…to many excerpts in ‘dogma zen of slobber’! Barbara has a great sense of humor that clearly comes out in picturesque detail. Her vivid storytelling helps you understand the connection of trust and learning between each dog. Cooper’s (her doberman) insistance lead her to find out about her cancer. As she fought this battle, all her dogs protected and cared for her… and in a real sense, she was one of their own. The book is about family. The good, the bad, and sometimes sad parts that bond them all together! You can find out more by checking out my interview with Barbara Boswell Brunner – Author of dog-ma the zen of slobber HERE!
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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