Best Friends Animal Society magazine recently reviewed the book The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from my Canine Brother by Doug Koktavy.
“What sets his memoir apart from the hundreds of others I have read,” says Best Friends magazine reviewer Sally Rosenthal, “is the sense of unfolding wonder and even joy amid the very real sadness of shepherding Beezer and Boomer on their paths from earth to life beyond.”
Published in 2010, the book focuses on lessons learned from the dogs. It begins with the author learning that his dog, Beezer, has ninety days to live. Unable to come to terms with this news, Doug grows frantic with fear. His own work and health suffer as he questions how he might have neglected his dog. What follows are some of the lowest lows and highest highs of his life as he says goodbye first to Beezer and then to his brother Boomer.
“If you think a book about two dying dogs is too sad to read, think again. Koktavy’s story is actually one that encompasses the circle of life with all its heartfelt emotions, the purest of which is love,” Rosenthal writes.
The list of book awards, including four golds, that The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer has achieved is impressive. The author is a Denver-based attorney, author, publisher and workshop presenter. He has given workshops on anticipatory grief and loss to the American Humane Association, the Argus Institute at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Sixth International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine.
Koktavy is a Certified Counselor, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and a member of the Bone Cancer Dogs Yahoo Group. He also is on the Board of Directors of Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit corporation and is a volunteer with Safe Harbor Labrador Retriever Rescue.