Life in the Lost World

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   Mar 24

Dog-Ma the Zen of Slobber – book tour and review!


For dog lovers everywhere…….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. This book will inspire you with the couple’s unstinting love, devotion, and respect for dogs as family members. You’ll be glad to include it in your treasured collection of great dog books.

When Barbara meets her future husband, Ray, it is love-and dog-at first sight. Over the course of thirty-two years, seventeen relocations and nine dogs, their mutual love of dogs guides them on their unconventional path. The love that Barbara and Ray get in return is literally lifesaving, with one dog attacking a lethal intruder and another discovering Barbara’s cancer. Her own survival story underscores the story of how her dogs become survivors themselves.

Each new dog adds its own dynamic to the family, sometimes upending it. From Turbo (whose Spock-like ears may have provided super powers), Barbara learns about the will to live; Lexington demonstrates incredible patience and an inexplicable love of golf; Madison teaches that laughter is truly the
best medicine and that the whole “nine lives thing” is not reserved just for cats; Morgan should be sainted for tolerating Izzy, who is as cute as she is bad. Barbara is certain that somewhere in doggie heaven there is a poster that says “If you are sick, injured or in need of really expensive medical care, FIND THESE HUMANS!”
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About Barbara Boswell Brunner

Barbara grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from a small women’s college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 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 and is a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. She and her husband are retired and now reside in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur. She is currently working on indulging her well known flip flop addiction.


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 homes with the author and her husband over the years. I love the way Barbara draws the reader into the lives of the individuals that have shared their space over the years and paints a picture of each that makes them come alive for us all.

Dog-Ma, the Zen of Slobber is a sweet, funny and poignant book that I read, cover to cover in just one sitting. It caused me to shed more than a few tears, brought many smiles to my face and even made me laugh out loud a time or two. Whether you’re head over heels for furbabies or are just looking for a great read, this is the book for you!

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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  1. Our boys are both like that, everytime they see a stray dog we just wait for them to ask lol x

  2. Barbara says:

    Underground Animal Railroad, – Hilarious!
    Kindred spirits. Thx for the lovely review!

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