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
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!”
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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.
While you may think, from all you’ve just read about Loving Emmi, that this is only a book for pet lovers, I want to recommend this book to all parents-to-be. While Brunner talks all about the lessons learned while dealing with Emmi, those lessons are perfect for those about to be parents.
We all know children do not come with an owner’s manual. Most of parenting, while it can be read about, is trial and error. The lessons learned from Brunner’s furbabies transfer to real life babies as well.
I think the most important lesson I gleaned from Loving Emmi is to be the best advocate for your baby – fur or human. Infants, toddlers and children have no one to speak for them. You have to be the advocate for them. You need to educate yourself the best you can and then make sure professionals do what is best for your child. Professionals – whether veterinarians or pediatricians – may know what is best but that is not based on your individual child or pet. You need to educate the professional on your child or pet.
This book is about to become my favorite baby shower gift.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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