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The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers Hardcover – June 21, 2010
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It is a rare snapshot into anticipatory grief, the very real pain we go through when our pets are departing. The book will tug at your heart.” Betty J. Carmack, author, Grieving the Death of a Pet
Not only is it so well written that you become a bystander observing the story from within, but the compassion for the vital connection we share with this wonderful kingdom oozes out of and between the lines.” Martin Goldstein, DVM, author, The Nature of Animal Healing
A heartfelt, transformative book about a difficult life journey. The pure unconditional love, living in the presence and acceptance of what life has to offer enables our animal companions to be a source of intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and psychological inspiration.” Jane Shaw, DVM, PhD, director, Argus Institute, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
This unique book provides a welcome new tool in pet care, offering a subjective perspective on the reciprocal and health-promoting nature of our relationships with animals. This book will help thousands of people.” Alice Villalobos, author, Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond
If you share your life with pets who are truly your best friends or family, you must read Doug Koktavy's book. You'll relate to his life with his beloved Beezer and Boomer in a thousand ways. And your life will be richer from having met them.” Laurel Lagoni, president and CEO, World by the Tail, Inc.
Setting this memoir apart is the sense of unfolding wonder and even joy amid very real sadness. If you think a book about two dying dogs is too sad to read, think again. Koktavy’s story encompasses the circle of life with all its heartfelt emotions, the purest of which is love.” Sally Rosenthal, Best Friends Animal Society
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It sat on my coffee table for a year, occasionally getting dusted. We lost one of our labs, "Justice" suddenly out of the blue and yet still, the book remained on the table waiting for me to get up the courage to read it. As time ticked on, our second labrador, "Johnny" was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and my world came crashing down with the difficult choices that brings. We made some choices in his care that had I read the book, I would have made differently. But the book gave me comfort and taught me that doing my best was good enough...I hadn't failed as I thought I might have.
Needless to say, I began reading the book part way through Johnny's journey with Osteosarcoma. There's a major event in the book and the day I read about that event...it was actually that day on the calendar. Coincidence? I don't think so. As I read on, I realized Boomer had the same condition as Johnny. Coincidence? I don't think so.
There were so many parallels and "ah ha" moments in the book and in my own life that it became clear that Doug's book found me. I went from a near breakdown on the day of Johnny's diagnosis to holding him in my arms for his last moment. And when that moment came, I was proud of me, proud of Johnny and proud of how I helped the other people in my home cope. Never would have happened without The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer.
I've given the book to many people and some make it through as changed as I did and some have to put it down and sadly choose to not finish it. My advice is you MUST power through and you will get those amazing, life changing moments, the "ah ha" moments, lots of comfort, lost of laughs and a book takes you on an emotionally epic journey. My mother in fact is reading the book now. She calls me crying, she calls me laughing, she calls me to talk about the "ah ha" moments she's having... She needs this book not just for when her pup gets older, but right now as she's caring for my grandmother. Caring for your dog or caring for your family...it's the same emotions and decision making process about selecting their care, being mentally and emotionally fatigued yourself, having day after miserable day worrying about a future death that you have no control over. Read the book. It will give you your days back and teach you how to have joy every single day in the face of something tough.
Doug chose his tagline well. "Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers." Buy the book. Finish the book. And learn the lessons from Doug, Beezer and Boomer. 5+ Enthusiastic Stars!
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