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Dog-Ma, the Zen of Slobber

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Medalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and listed as a Beck Valley Top 10 Reviewer Choice. 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 t
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Published August 1st 2012 by Createspace
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Sharon Martin
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who loves dogs and animals will thoroughly enjoy this book, you will find the authors love, compassion and kindness to her dogs unconditional and the sacrifices both her and her husband make are unbelievable.

Reading the book will make you laugh out loud at the antics of the dogs, I especially liked the one about the two dogs escaping on a daily basis to visit an old couple who would feed them and them bring them back home, which had been going on for months unbeknownst to the author and h
Ruth Hill
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I am an animal lover at heart, so if I read a book about animals that is full of wonderful stories, you can almost bet it will get five stars from me. And this book is no different except that it is currently my favorite animal book! I loved the stories, the dogs, and the single cat that was featured in it! I found myself sharing the stories with my family and laughing out loud several times. It made me realize that dogs have quirks just like people, cats, and goats do. And there is nothing bett ...more
Cathy Kaschak
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some books just pull you in so quickly that you find it tough to put down...this is one of those books! This fun bunch of dogs and their antics and the passion of their caretakers to give them the best lives possible makes this such a fun read! If you love dogs (and the joy and sadness of caring for them)...then this book will make you laugh, cry (yes, tissues may be needed) and believe in what dog lovers already know...the dogs we are lucky enough to care for make us better people in so many wa ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was delighted to receive a copy of Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber from the author, Barbara Boswell Brunner, in exchange for my frank and honest review.

Quite frankly and honestly, I can say that it was brilliant.

As an animal lover and a book lover, I have always enjoyed tails (please excuse the pun) about animals, and this was no exception. I would happily award the book five stars for the story, and have only detracted one for a few niggles that I felt were in need of editing. The writing, however
Mary Bearden
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have a Yorkie named Charlie and he truly came into my life at a point when I needed the added love of someone or something to get me thru a dark period in my life when I was beginning to give up on life and people. So, I get this story about how this couple loved each and every one of these dogs. They are truly remarkable beings and I think they know a lot more than we give them credit for. I am so happy that Barbara & Ray opened their hearts to these dogs.

I am sure that they all needed e
Rebecca Graf
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a dog lover and pet resort owner, Dog-ma was a must-read, can’t-put-it-down kind of book for me! No, this book is not about Zen living, it’s about how living with dogs makes your life complete. I was captured into the hearts of each pup, especially Kashi. The author brings you into the drama with her amazing descriptive adventures.

This book is about hope, courage, love, adventure, determination and spirit. Each dog that comes into the author’s life, gives her and her husband many things that
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are a dog lover, then you should really consider reading this book. Dog-ma was a nice departure from the fiction books I usually read.

The stories that Barbara tells of her many dogs and their antics made me laugh out loud some times, tear up during others. As I was reading the book, I felt like I was sitting with Barbara and she was telling me all of these memorable stories.

Each of her dogs had a distinct personality or trait, yet their dispositions were wonderful. I feel that is a true s
Jim Gallen
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My wife liked this book so much she wrote her review so I decided to post it.

“Dog-ma the Zen of Slobber” by Barbara Boswell Brunner is a funny book about Barbara’s nine dogs. She is very clever when she retells the antics of her beloved dogs. The book is very similar to the book “Marley and Me”. Each of her dogs has their own unique personality and the way she describes the dogs antics will have the reader rolling with laughter. Barbara also does a great job of retelling tender moments with her
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this heartwarming adventure of two very loving and giving dog owners and the many pets they rescued and brought into their family. It's warm, funny, at times bittersweet, and is told with a wonderful witty sense of humor that makes it hard to put down. A must for anyone who has ever loved their dog!
Elizabeth Neas
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Barbara and Ray Brunner - can I come live with you?
OMGosh - this book is the best. I couldn't put it down. Fell in love with the Brunners and their pack. I laughed, I cried, I hugged my furbabies. This is a must read for those who love dogs...especially rescues.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a dog owner and lover myself, I was thrilled when I was invited to be part of this tour. As much as I tell many a canine tale myself, I've never read a book about someone else's experiences. Dog-Ma documents the lives of Barbara, her Husband Ray and the many furry friends that have come to live with them over the years.

Barbara and Ray's story starts shortly after they get married, when they bring home Kashi, a Doberman pup. The book is made up of short stories of Kashi and the 8 dogs that eit
Jennifer Defoy
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads, ebooks
Like I always have to say before I review a book about animals. I am an animal lover, so I might be a bit biased in reviewing these kinds of books. Well, maybe not a book about hamsters – those are the nastiest little animals ever created – but when the book is about any other animal it’s going to tug on my heart-strings right from the word go. This book was no different. The story opens with a current scene in the Brunner household of a fight ensuing between two of the dogs. But Brunner soon sk ...more
Christina  Torretta
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you read my reviews on a normal basis, you already know I’m a sucker for dogs. Anything dog related!! Books that have dogs in them are a huge plus. This one especially got to my heart having rescue pups of my own and having lost two of those pups. These babies just can not be replaced and although I could never put it into words, Barbara does a great job of getting the fun of having dogs and yes, even the stress, onto paper in a beautifully poignant manner.

From page one you are left feeling s
Create With Joy
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you love dogs and are looking for a book filled with home-spun tales about both the trials and tribulations and the joys and rewards that come with sharing your lives with nine (that’s right – I said nine!) rescue dogs over the course of 32 years and 17 relocations – and you have time to spare, time to laugh, and time to cry – then pick up a copy of Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber by Barbara Boswell Brunner.
Barbara is a woman who is passionate about dogs and it shows in the stories that she tells
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot. The writing is witty, snappy, and really gives character and depth to the stories. Since the book is basically a collection of short stories about Barbara and Ray's dogs, all woven together into a complete book, it is easy to read a bit at a time without losing the thread of the story. I started reading this book at a flyball tournament before going to bed for the night between tournament days. Even though I was tired I found the book very engaging, making me w ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first reaction after reading Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber was that I’d like to be one of Barbara and Ray’s dogs. Each of the nine dogs they adopted enjoyed a life filled with travel, adventure and love.

The couple was lucky enough to live a somewhat unusual life. Their jobs had them moving around the country often, with the one constant being the dogs….and these were not “easy” dogs. Each one presented unique behavioral and health challenges. They came from varied backgrounds, some were abused, m
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you are a dog lover then this is a book you'll want to take the time to read - and enjoy. When I was offered the chance to review this book for the Virtual Book Tour, I jumped at the chance. As a child I was a voracious reader, but now "Life" seems to get in the way of the simple pleasures of reading. Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber seemed like just the title to indulge in and Barbara Boswell Brunner doesn't disappoint. From beginning to end (cover-to-cover just doesn't seem appropriate for an e-bo ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
You know those books that take you from laughing out loud to crying into your pillow? Yeah. Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber is one of those books. The author shares her memories of nine dogs with vastly different personalities, including:
Kashi, the surfing Doberman
Turbo, the jail-breaker
Madison, the rebel
Lexington, the golf fan, and
Cooper, the ingenious food thief

In the midst of multiple cross-country moves, Barbara and her husband Ray adopt nine dogs, dealing with cruel pet shop owners and clueless
Kolchak Puggle
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The dog are the real stars of this book and the story shines when it focuses on them. The narrative reads in such a way that you can tell the author remembers each story fondly and it's easy to get lost in it, much like you get lost in a good conversation.

I found myself falling in love with the family dogs. I knew exactly how Barbara felt as she described some of the "mistakes" they made with Kashi and my heart jumped when they knew it was time to get her a friend. Tears flowed freely when they
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My husband has often teased me, down through the years, that there is a message on the Underground Animal Railroad that says anything sick, injured or just plain hungry within 5 miles of my house, should make my backdoor a priority. This goes for 2 leggeds as well as 4, so when I read about the poster in doggie heaven, I knew that I had a kindred spirit in Barbara Boswell Brunner!

As an active pet rescuer (sometimes unwitting) I was drawn immediately into the story of all the dogs that made their
Cathy Connolly
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh, the happy and sad memories this book brings back!
Ms. Brunners writing talent makes the reader feel like a friend, sitting at her kitchen table as she recounts comedic antics, a household in almost constant turmoil, and the deep heartfelt sadness that comes from losing a best friend and companion, to the utter JOY of "puppy breath" when a new baby comes home.
MS. Brunner has the ability to make the reader feel the emotion, confusion and the comfort that all dog lovers experience.
The understand
Kim Justice
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: reviewed
First of all I will start out by saying, I was not to sure about reading this book. It didn't seem like something for me, but once I started reading it I was amazed at how fast I was falling in love with it.

If you are any kind of animal lover, have health issues yourself, or just want to more about living with a service animal then this is right up your alley.

Author Barbara Boswell Brunner has a unique aspect in her writing. As in the synopsis she actually loved and has at one time or another
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dog-Ma is a delightful story about a couple who has a love of dogs that transcends time and in their case place. This story is one you must read! I read the synopsis and just had to have it. I had to have it so much that I ASKED to get in on this book tour AFTER the tour was over!!!

You begin your journey into the lives of Barbara and Ray's life with their fur-babies with them starting out. After multiple promotions and business ventures you will go through the happiness and pain right along with
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What can I say About Dog-Ma, the Zen of Slobber. First: Do you like to laugh .. You'll find lots to laugh at. Do you have a generous supply of Kleenex on hand .. you'll need them. Are you one that can't wait to see what happens next .. then you won't be able to put this book down. I received my copy of Dog-Ma on Tuesday afternoon and I was done Wednesday night..I had to see what was happening next. You don't have to be a dog lover to read this book .. just a lover of all animals. By the time yo ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it from the beginning. I can’t explain it other than I am a dog lover. I have my dog, Jessie, who I adore. I have had a total of 5 dogs in my entire lifetime – which is saying a lot considering I have had a fear of dogs for most of my life. But Jessie and I connect differently and I think that is why I enjoyed this book so much.

I could relate to the different dogs and the different stories each one came with. I could laugh at some of the parts and know exactly what was being talked about
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am an animal lover and instantly felt a deep connection with Barbara Brunner and her fur family in this book. I instantly fell in love with Kashi, Turbo, Lexington, Madison, Gus, Sutton, Cooper, Morgan, and Izzy.
This was a great book about not only the lengths we will go for our fur babies, but also what they would do for us, and showcases the give and take involved with all great fur families. I couldn’t help but to laugh at all the adorable antics and cry over all the heartbreaks along with
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't read books about dogs. I LOVE dogs, and but books about them are usually too sad and heartbreaking. I almost passed this one up, but I'm SO glad I didn't. Yes, there were sad parts, but it was so well written. You could FEEL this woman's love for these dogs just flowing from the page. I felt like I got to know each one her pets. This book had me alternating between laughing and crying, and I just could NOT put it down. I read it in about 3 hours. Highly recommended for dog lover ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
A fast read that will keep you laughing, "Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber" is an insight to Barbara and her husbands journey with their dogs. Barbara pens her love of dogs in each word she writes and I just fell in love with these dogs through all the antics they pull. Full of emotion, humor and love, "Dog-Ma, the Zen of Slobber" is one book you will find extremely hard to put down. Highly recommended to all dog lovers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest revi
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Award winning author, Barbara Brunner, grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. She founded three successful businesses in the Pacific Northwest and is a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. She and her husband currently live in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur.
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