OMGosh – if you are a dog lover, I guarantee that you will ENJOY this book.  If you have a special liking  for big dogs, I guarantee that you will LOVE this book. If you are a dog lover who likes big dogs and have a mission to rescue dogs in need…

You’ll somehow manage to track down Ray and Barbara Brunner, and stalk them until they get a restraining order on you.

I have fallen head over heels with two people whom I’ve never met!

Dog-Ma The Zen of Slobber has touched my soul,  warmed my heart, and brought me tears – from both sadness and laughter.

Every dog they have loved, is special, has their very own endearing qualities, and has been blessed to have had a “furever”  home  with the Brunners.  If only every dog on this earth could have the same. Although, I’m sure that they loved them all equally, I think that Turbo has to be my fave.  Oh how I wish that I could have seen him trotting along ( through through his celebrity filled neighborhood), with the  Fandango Ranch goat, taking a horse for a walk.  After dropping that little tid-bit, I dare you not to go get a copy for yourself!

I’m so very grateful to have had the opportunity to read Dog-Ma The Zen of Slobber, and share with all of you.  If is a delightful read, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

PS – My vet  and my favorite tech, will be receiving a copy for Christmas!


From the Publisher: 

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!”

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.  
Buy the book from ….Author’s Website

Barnes and Noble


I received an e-copy of Dog-Ma The Zen of Slobber, free of charge for the purpose of this review.
The statements that I have made are 110% mine.


Married for eons, mom of 10, Nonnie to 26 with a great grand coming soon, to add to the mix. Avid reader and photo taker, scrapbook queen and jewelry maker. Collector of dishes, planners and pens. Lover of animals, chocolate and spends…long hours soaking in the spa tub (with a fully charged tablet, diet soda, and grub). She’s worn lots of hats, tossed most to the wind, and doesn’t mind starting all over again. Every day is a new adventure…come along for the ride!

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5 thoughts on “DOG-MA THE ZEN OF DOG SLOBBER – Review

  • Thank you so much for your kind words! Touching. BTW, I love stalkers. *wink*

  • thanks for the review

  • awww sounds like such a good book. I have 2 Siberian Huskies, who are the light of my life. I definitely understand the desire to rescue alllll of them, haha.

  • Liked your review . We love dogs here in my house too. Their just like kids in a way they slobber and drool and make a mess with their food LOL Dogs are smart tho and they can be your best friend for life. Woof Woof


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