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Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, August 8, 2012
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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 and the passings of the others.
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.
Note: This book was supplied as part of a book tour with no expectation of a positive review.
Of course, it's not all fun and games and eventually we say goodbye to our four-legged kids. But, Barbara perfectly balances the good and the sad through her masterful story telling.
I was provided with a copy for an honest review. My jaws are still hurting from laughing at all the dogventures.
Dog-ma is Barbara Brunner's memoir of her past thirty plus years and the life enhancing dogs that shared their lives with her. Life really is better with dog fur and slobber.
I normally read mysteries & thrillers. I like the pulse racing, fast moving stories. But the power went out this afternoon (service is being "up-graded" in the neighborhood). Having the afternoon "off", I couldn't decide between taking a nap or reading a book. I thought I'd just read myself to sleep....and rejected my normal mysteries for something "slower".
Dog-ma is not a "slow" read. I was just a few pages in and laughing when my own dog clambered up on the sofa with me to investigate. I backed up a bit and read her the whole bit out loud. She smiled and licked. Barbara's stories are wonderfully evocative in remembering all the wonderful dogs that have shared their lives with me over the years (and taught me some great lessons). I'd read a bit to Miss Chiff (current dog) and share with her the lessons I'd learned from her predesessors (Paddy - 1st Irish Setter, taught me about sharing gracefully....age 3-4 years old, I loved crunching on his dog food. One day, he helped himself to my peanut butter sandwich at lunch. I howled and my Dad laughed at me. "You ate his breakfast and he didn't complain.")
Barbara's sense of humor and "heart" are all through her book. And it is a wonderful book and a very loving tribute to her dogs. I finished it in about 5 hours, but if you're not reading with a dog and going down your own "memory lane" and life lessons learned from dogs (i.e., Don't stick you nose up someone else's butt unless you're willing to have a strange, cold nose stuck up your own butt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
life and death stories about various dogs and puppies... at one point the author questions whether she is a hoarder... may bePublished 1 month ago by Carole Whitcher
This book made me smile, laugh and cry, in equal measure. The love and the joy given, and received, was heart warming. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda
LOVED THIS BOOK! Such wonderful stories of the dogs in this family's life. Hated for it to end.Published 5 months ago by Susie Knouff
Every dog has a personality and some never mesh. They also say you don't choose a dog a dog chooses you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by julie morse
A very enjoyable book full of stories about a couple and their various dogs while they've lived in different parts of the USA. Every dog should have such loving owners. Read morePublished 5 months ago by terrinow
As a dog lover, this was a no brainer...a well written and enjoyable reading memoir of one woman's life with her dog pets/children/loves. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Richard Whittington
I think Mrs Brunner is a good writer and I enjoyed the book. Dog stories always interest me, as a long time dog lover. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Summer Maddie
Overall, I enjoyed the book. But only nine dogs over a period of years? Oh, piffle. I currently have 18 in my life right now. Read morePublished 8 months ago by muffiemae