And the Dog-Ma saga continues…
In this highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber, Izzy, the feisty and ferocious terrier, has lost her eyesight. Following on the heels of this devastating loss, her arch-rival Morgan – a gentle giant of a Rottweiler – suddenly succumbs to cancer. Finding herself a lonely-only, it’s not long before Izzy finds herself nose-to-nose with her humans’ new pet project: a foster Rottie pup also named Morgan. Quickly renamed Emmi to avoid confusion (and the wrath of Izzy,) it was to be the beginning of a journey unlike any other.
Severely injured as a newborn, Emmi—affectionately known to her fast-growing online fan base as Baby Morgan the Broken Jaw Puppy—is hanging onto life by a thread. Living with a crushed jaw that has left her unable to open her mouth to eat or drink, the prognosis is grim. Baby Morgan is starving to death. Having rescued her from a horrific life, her parents spring into all-out desperation mode to find her the best lifesaving medical care. Despite the advice of veterinary professionals to euthanize, her parents are determined to save her at all costs. Taking to the Internet, they rally a huge online community of dog lovers who quickly become their second family. It does not take long for Emmi’s sheer determination and ferocious will to live to take hold.
This is Emmi’s miracle. A story of hope, inspiration and triumph in the face of adversity.
“This book is a must read for animal lovers, everywhere. Barbara Boswell Brunner pulls at your heartstrings in Loving Emmi, a rescue story like no other. When Barbara, and her husband, Ray, decide it’s time to foster another dog, they have no idea what they’re getting into. This is their story, but it’s also the story of every “imperfect” shelter dog; a story that promises to open eyes and hearts. A fantastic read. Two paws, way, way up.” – Author Nick Antinozzi – Desperate Times Trilogy
Author Kathryne Arnold – The Resurrection of Hannah
My Thoughts on Loving Emmi
Definitely have a box of tissues sitting nearby when you read this book! Although there are many parts of the book where I laughed out loud, there’s no way to read about the trauma poor little Emmi has lived through and the challenges that continue for her and her family without shedding a few tears. Also, in telling the story of Emmi and Cooper (another dog the Brunners owned), you’ll discover that not everyone loves and cherishes animals and the reality of how they treat these beloved creatures will make you see red.
As a dog lover and pet owner, even I was amazed at the tremendous love and devotion Barbara and her husband showered upon Emmi – a dog who certainly would have been euthanized if it hadn’t been for their intervention. They went above and beyond in their care for and financial investment in Emmi, for the sole purpose of helping her survive. I don’t know that I could have done the same, and I don’t know many people who would have, so it’s an amazing story to read for the singular purpose of having your faith in the goodness of others strengthened or restored. Barbara mentions throughout the book that Emmi must have a whole team of guardian angels and she certainly does – two of them being Barbara and her husband, Ray.
One of the most touching aspects of the book for me actually had very little to do with Emmi (though her story and personality are quite remarkable). From the title and the summary, I expected to read a heartwrenching tale about an injured puppy’s trials and tribulations. What I didn’t expect were the many references to the online community that supported the Brunners as they did everything they could to help Emmi. The tremendous kindness and generosity extended to Emmi and the Brunners via their Facebook community went far beyond anything I could have imagined. These fans and supporters played a large part in Emmi’s recovery.
I realize my review so far makes the book sound very heavy and serious. Because of the nature of the story, many parts certainly are. However, there are just as many sections that will have you laughing aloud from Barbara’s descriptions of each dog’s unique personalities to the vignettes presented from the dogs’ perspectives, there is plenty of material to lighten the darker parts of the story.
For the range of emotions you will experience in reading this book, it’s actually a quick read. At under 150 pages, you can easily finish it in a lazy afternoon, after which you’ll want to spend some time with your favorite four-legged friend.
Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber (Dog-Ma Book 1)
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 the Author
Award Winning Author, Barbara Brunner 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.