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About the Author

Barbara grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. 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. She and her husband currently live in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur. She is currently indulging her serious addiction to flip flops.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dog-Ma
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478106581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478106586
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,729,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca Graf on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 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.
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Sat down to read this, and couldn't put it away. Barbara has a great way with words, as well as a deep love for the many dogs she has rescued, cared for and adored over many years. Not only has the time spent with these animals been amazingly funny and touching, but her personal life has been wonderfully full. I strongly suggest reading this, as it was truly worth every minute.
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When I started reading Dog Ma: The Zen of Slobber, I hadn't counted on spending virtually half the day reading it and ignoring other tasks. My husband got tired of asking me what I was laughing about so much. Barbara's story telling is right up on par with Marley and Me. I have never met the author but feel we could be best friends just because of our love of animals and rescues in particular. I particularly liked the one about the new garbage trainee who jumped into a garbage can to escape what he thought was a huge, vicious dog... only to have his co-workers laugh at his fear of an over-sized but very mushy dog. Well done!

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.
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I just got done with Dog-ma and it will now go on my shelf besides A Dogs Purpose,The Art Of Racing In The Rain and all of my James Harriot books.I currently have 2 labs and a yorky who thinks he's a lab.Your stories were like I was writing some of them myself!My wife just recovered from her scare with breast cancer also and while she was going through chemo she tore her Achilles tendon,so we can relate to that chapter in your book real well.She's doing fine now and it's great to hear that you are also,all made tolerable because of the undying love of our dogs(aka the kids) I could go on forever especially when it comes to talking about my dogs.So in closing thankyou for sharing your stories.I believe our dogs came to us for reasons we don't quite understand,but I sure am glad they did.my vet call our kids the million dollar babies. Best Wishes. Mike S
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Thank you, Barbara for the wonderful memories!

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.
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