Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber

Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber

by barbara boswell brunner


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478106586
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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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Dog-Ma, The Zen Of Slobber 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Nana-Roberta More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book allowing you an inside view of a dog lovers life. Kashi, Turbo, Lexington, Sutton, Madison, Coop, Izzy and other visiting pets, all lost or needing a home, seem to have rescued their humans in return for their kindness. The adventures of these gentle giants will make you laugh and cry and I found myself falling in love with them. I finished this book in one night, I couldn't put it down. I am so glad there are wonderful people around who are willing to sacrifice for our loyal four legged friends.
Russel_Sprout More than 1 year ago
Rarely do you come across a book that cannot be put down, once started. This is one of those books. Written with a hilarious, quirky style that has the reader laughing uncontrollably and crying in the same chapter. An extremely well crafted story. Dog-Ma will appeal to the non dog lover as well, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat waiting to see what calamity will befall the family next. Barbara's retelling of her battle with breast cancer gives the reader hope as the family faces the disease with humor. From Madison - Houdini In A Dog Suit, to Cooper - the doberman whose diagnosis was more accurate than a mammogram, Barbara transports the reader right into her family, making you feel like a member of the clan. This book seems destined to hit the bestseller list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good fast paced book
Just-DebMn More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a good read this winter~this is the one.It draws you in from the start and just keeps you going from there! You will laugh and cry with Barbara as you read this,as you can just feel her in each page. She tells of the lives of her dogs,all 9 of them and wait until you see how she writes! There were times when I found myself feeling that I was right there with her. There is just so much love and compassion in each story,that I couldn't wait for the next part. Dog lover or not you will enjoy reading this one!
The_Paper_Princess More than 1 year ago
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! In many ways, Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber is an autobiographical book about Barbara, a woman whose life revolves around her dogs. Barbara meets her husband Ray in the late 1970s and they bond over their love of dogs. They share a passion in their retail careers for helping others create beautiful, peaceful, zen-like environments in their homes – but the dogs they rescue bring chaos into their personal abodes. When you rescue a dog, you never know who you are bringing into your home, or who you will meet in the process. Some of the stories Barbara shares will make the hairs on your head stand on end! While I enjoyed reading all of the dog stories, I’d have to say it was the stories about the Dobermans I loved the most.  I enjoyed Barbara’s stories immensely and appreciate her desire to give her dogs the best life possible. If you enjoy reading about the antics of dogs and their owners, you will enjoy Dog-Ma – The Zen Of Slobber! To read my review in its entirety, and for more information about this book, please visit Create With Joy! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book a lot. The author really gave it all into the characters to make the situations funny and to give them lots of emotion. Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot. The story is a collection of stories about Barbara and Ray’s dogs. I honestly would have loved to be one of them if I came back in another life. The book is very easy to enjoy a small amount at a time without feeling like you are lost in what the author’s meaning is throughout. I found that this book was an easy and very engaging read for me. I was interested in the storyline and wanted to find out more about the adventures and engagements with their dogs. If you are an animal lover than you will fall quickly in love with the stories as they are told and will not want to put the book down. I really liked that I felt that Barbara was telling the stories to me in person. The stories made me happy and some made me sad. All of my emotions were in play and that is what I expected was to be delivered from a set of short stories. I have not had a dog since I was really little. I was seven and my dog was killed in the middle of the night after he got out and was hit by a car. To live through these doggie stories made me remember the great times that I had with my lab, Lucky. The author really did a truly great job of touching my heart in all the right places with the stories. There were a few slight issues with the book that I had with using underground fencing and talk of getting the dogs in other ways besides pounds or the SPCA. It was still a great read and worth the time. There was just the right balance between sadness and happiness in the stories. I give it FOUR stars strictly because there were a couple times that I was not sure I liked the choices and how they would influence readers. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Kymmeeee More than 1 year ago
What a great anthology of doggy stories from Barbara Brunner!  I was impressed with her patience throughout the book.  My hubby may have made a few of them be outdoor doggies after their escapades, but not Barbara... Her pups were her loves. They had many adventures together.  You will laugh and you will cry.  Most importantly, you will definitely get your money's wortth in this roller coaster of emotions for some rescue dogs and the people who love them.
Lisa_Bregant More than 1 year ago
Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber is a fun, heartwarming look into the adventures of Barbara Boswell Brunner, her husband and their dogs through  the years. I couldn't stop reading. It's a truly fun, yet heartwarming read.
WondermomWannabe More than 1 year ago
This is a must-read for dog lovers. The author explains so well the dichotomy of chaos and tranquility that dogs can bring to their owners' lives. In sharing stories of her life with multiple dogs, she exposes the joy, fear, pride, gratitude, sadness, anger, and peacefulness that accompany pet ownership and puts it in perspective so that we can all appreciate the journey.
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Aiesa1 More than 1 year ago
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!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
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--although I know for a fact one of my dogs would have figured a way around it! Heck he escaped by digging his way under a fence at a vets office and appeared magically at our door! I would get a call from his usual vet (he was forever having to stay over because he would eat or do something that required an overnight stay) the minute he was feeling better. While sick he was the perfect patient--as soon as he would deem himself healed--out came the teeth!! For all you animal lovers out there-you know-the one's who don't care if there is fur all around you and you don't particularly care if things get knocked over-and will remind guests who the actual occupants of your home are-and love puppy and kitten breath-and having a warm cuddly body to snuggle with-read this book!
k-koira More than 1 year ago
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 want to stay up to keep reading even though my logic told me I needed sleep for the next day. Like most dog related books, there are a few things I didn't care for in this. Over the course of the story, there are references to some practices (purchasing puppies from places other than reputable breeders, cropping ears of dogs not intended for show) that I don't approve of. Probably the biggest one for me was the lack of containment of their dogs and the use of an underground fence to keep the dogs home when unsupervised. I do feel a little like inexperienced dog owners may decide to use an underground fence based on its use in this book. Even so, these points were more of slight bothersome points than something that ruined the book. It was still well worth the read, just as Marley and Me was worth the read despite some similar issues in that story. Overall, I found the book a fun read of mostly fun stories mixed in with sadness for just the right balance of lightheartedness and deeper emotions. It is a book I would be happy to pass on to more readers.
TerrierTorrent More than 1 year ago
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, many were “throwaways”, but they each found a warm and devoted forever home with the Brunners. Through short essays the reader follows the couple over more than 30 years of their fur- and slobber-filled life. There are glorious trips to the beach, and then there are walls destroyed. There’s happy days being the official ‘store dog’ and then there’s burglars, kidnappers and my personal favorite the “Yabba Dabba Do” lady. Joy and pain, laughter and tears…they’re all here. You must read the extraordinary tale of how Cooper diagnosed Barbara’s breast cancer and saved her life. The stories are told with humor and compassion. I read this book in one sitting…once started I just couldn’t put it down.  If you love dogs, if you’ve ever rescued a dog, or if you just want a book that exemplifies the extraordinary bond that develops between dogs and the humans who love them, you must read Dog-ma the Zen of Slobber.   
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Dog-ma: the Zen of Slobber is a personal narrative about the life of Barbara, her loving husband and multitute of dogs and for one brief time a stray cat. They seemed to have a tendency to bring needy (i.e. expensive) dogs into their family and spared no expense in their care. The love that is shown by both the humans and the dogs was unmistakable. At different points in the book, I was crying, then laughing. This book made me want to get up and snuggle with my kids and my dog!
JenniferWilliams082409 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, being a dog lover and loving to read it was a must on my list. I could not put it down, it had me laughing and crying. I felt so connected to the author and her family, loved it from beginning to end.
DogBreedz More than 1 year ago
If you are a dog lover (and if you are here, you most likely are ...) then this is a book you'll want to take the time to read - and enjoy. And just in case you aren't sure if my taste in books runs parallel to yours: at the bottom of the review there is a list of participating blogs on this Book Tour. You can not only read what other bloggers think about the book, but on March 26th you can follow the link to enter the giveaway of FIVE signed copies of the book! 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-book) you'll enjoy each of the stories and appreciate the learning curve of the dog owners. From bringing their first puppy home at five weeks (FIVE WEEKS?!? I was ready to hate the book, just for that start! I'm a confirmed preacher of not separating a pup from its litter until ten - or better yet twelve - weeks, but that's for another post) to learning how to home-cook their food to help a dog avoid seizure symptoms, Barbara and Ray evolved in their dog knowledge and care. The writing style is deceptively simple: it's easy to feel like you are sitting across a cafe table from them and sharing dog stories. But the humor and yes, the heart-wrenching reality as the dogs pass on, is infused within the stories and the book becomes hard to put down. Keep a few tissues nearby, your eyes will get a bit teary in places, as only a true dog-lover can understand. You'll finish the book feeling like Barb and Ray are old friends of your own.
dedaDL More than 1 year ago
I loved the book.  Laying on the bed with Kingers I read the entire book in one reading.  I could not put it down.  Each story she told I could close my eyes and see either Kingers or Bo! While reading the book it took me back to some very very happy times with Bo and some very very sad times. I was talking to Kingers - reminding him when he ate the linoleum off the basement steps and when he ran through  the fields in the rain chasing rocks.  I met the Germans and loved to read about their fun adventures.  I felt the tears run down my face with Izzy's struggles and I smiled with her triumphs.    I highly recommend this book for any DOG LOVER!  You will be able to will feel her happiness and her pain.   Excellent READ! 
pellerini More than 1 year ago
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 sign of great rearing by their owners.  Dog-ma captures all aspects of owning a dog - the funny, the not so funny, the laugh out loud times and the super sad times.  It's so hard to lose a dog as they become a part of the family.  When my bichon, Petey, passed away I was a true mess.  He was the first dog that was "mine" - I rescued him, cleaned him up, loved him so much!  He went with me almost everywhere - like Kashi did with Barbara.  When I had to put him to sleep it was one of the worst days of my life, and the hardest decision.  I too, now have great stories to tell, as Barbara has in Dog-ma, to keep Petey's memory alive. Read this won't be disappointed.
TxMommysSavings More than 1 year ago
The first thing I took from this book is the author's true feelings toward rescue dogs.  I could feel on every page that Barbara Boswell Brunner truly knows what she is writing about. That fact alone makes Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber worthy of reading.  I can somewhat relate to this story. My husband and I have 5 large rescue dogs and each one has their own unique personality.   And with each dog comes headaches and heartaches but you don't really appreciate all they do for the family until something tragic happens.  Dog-ma is a really great book. It makes you laugh and it makes you stop and think. Barbara Boswell Brunner did an amazing job on this book. I give it 5 stars!!
Kimbi More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from Beck Valley Books in exchange for an unbiased review. All the opinions are my own. Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber. As a dog lover you probably identify with that title and if you don’t, you’re at least likely to identify with one of the canine cast of characters in this super-packed book. Author Barbara Boswell Brunner’s book definitely targets dog owners by weaving amusing anecdotes of the life she and her husband, Ray, shared with numerous canine companions over the course of their courtship and marriage. Nine dogs of their own and many canine friends grace the pages of this book, each portrayed as a person in his or her own right. The book is full of laughter and tears as Boswell Brunner shares her dogs’ antics and sadly the heartaches of some. To me it is in these tender moments that Boswell Brunner’s writing is not only at its most poignant, but also at its best. Yes, she knows how to weave an amusing tale – who will forget her dobie's tampon ear supports, Cooper’s toy Horton emitting its endless chatter, her Turbo strolling an upscale neighborhood with a goat? These are wonderful, funny stories, but when Boswell Brunner turns to the sensitive her writing truly moves me. I love her homage to Madison – “She saw the silver lining in every bad situation. Madison was an optimist. Madison was loved.” Beautiful. No doubt readers will have their favorite characters – mine was Cooper and I would recommend this book just to hear about his antics with his stuffed toy, Horton, which called to mind my own dog, Vader. Other readers will certainly find their pets amidst these pages. My primary disappointment with the book is that Boswell Brunner didn’t take us deeper into her own life. Yes, we are privy to the couple's moves and career evolution and she offers us glimpses into deeper fare such as her cancer and a mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s, but she doesn’t dwell there long and I think the story would have been richer if she had. I have a feeling Boswell Brunner is a good enough writer to go there if she wants to, to fill out the details of her own life with as much heart, humor and soul as she brought to the dogs. I think in a second book, she should try doing just that. Still, there is much there and enough plain old good dog stories to make any dog lover smile.
Liberty55 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.  As a dog lover, who has only owned rescues - I've fallen in love with the Brunners.  This book is a must read!
SMS_Waco More than 1 year ago
If you love animals, this is a must read. You will loose yourself in the adventures of the dogs in this book. The author shows you the challenges of handling big dogs and then introducing a small dog. Learning to integrate a new dog into the pack, handling dog behavior, both exciting and funny, and the heart aching experience of loosing a beloved pet are all included here. This book is a page turner and difficult to put down. Curl up in you favorite chair and enjoy.
ReadRateandReview More than 1 year ago
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 them. You feel their excitement when they get a new puppy and you want to cry when tragedy strikes and they lose one of their amazing fur-children. I am not one for spoilers so I won't go into too much detail but I will say this: YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE A DOG LOVER! You will laugh and cry. Go get it NOW!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago