About the Author

Doug Koktavy is an award-winning author, publisher and speaker. He will be presenting a workshop on “The Need for a Presence Plan: Communication Challenges Associated with a Pet’s Terminal Diagnosis” to veterinarians at the Sixth International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine in October 2010.

He is a Certified Counselor, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Doug also is a moderator of the K9 Kidney Diet Yahoo Group and the Pet Grief Yahoo Group, and he is a member of the Bone Cancer Dogs Yahoo Group. He is on the Board of Directors of Bone Cancer Dogs, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit corporation. He also is a volunteer with Safe Harbor Labrador Retriever Rescue.

Currently an attorney in Denver, he enjoys biking, running and taking quiet walks with his new black Lab, Dory.

Media Links



CBS4 News, Denver, May 9, 2010
Learn to Deal with a Pet with a Terminal Illness

NBC15, Madison, Wisconsin,
April 22, 2010

Hot Trends:”The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer”
KUSA 9NEWS, Denver,
February 6, 2010

KMGH 7 News, The Denver Channel,

January 26, 2010

Mars’ DogBlog: Listening with an Open Heart

WBMS 590AM Radio, July 14

Mike Krcil “Steeltown Mike”

Blog Talk Radio, January 4, 2010
Coach Rachelle Lee

Ask Martha’s Vet, Dr. Martin Goldstein, December 21, 2009


Workshop presenter, October 31-November 3, 2010, Napa
Valley, CA,
International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine
(ICCVM). The Need for a Presence Plan: Communication Challenges Associated with
a Pet’s Terminal Diagnosis

Speaker, April 19, 2009

Pet Honoring Ceremony, Argus Institute, Colorado State Veterinary Teaching


Award-Winning Finalist of the “Best Book 2010″ Awards, October 25, 2010
for Best New Non-Fiction, Animal/Pets: Health, Self-Help: General, sponsored by
USA Book News.
Writer’s Digest, Self-Published Book Awards, October 14, 2010

1st Place, Life Stories Category

National Indie Excellence Award, May 16, 2010

1st Place, Animal/Pets CategoryThe Indie Excellence is open to all English
language books that are available for sale online and off, both e-books and
books in print. The Indie Excellence Awards competition is judged by an
independent panel of experts from all aspects of the publishing industry.

The Next Generation Indie Book
May 9, 2010
1st Place, Memoir Category Finalist,

This award was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional
independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is
open to authors and publishers worldwide. The awards are presented by
Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn
Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.

2010 Eric Hoffer Book Awards Winner
May 9, 2010
Honorable Mention, Self-Help/SpiritualThis award was established at the
start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small
2010 Living Now Silver Book Award, April 23, 2010

Living Now recognizes books written and designed to help shape our lives through creative ideas and time saving tips.

Nautilus Silver Book Award
April 19, 2010

Grieving/Death Dying Category

The Nautilus Awards recognize books that promote spiritual growth, conscious
living & positive social change, while at the same time they stimulate the
“imagination” and offer the reader “new possibilities; for a better life and a
better world.

Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)
March 29, 2010

1st Place Gold EVVY in the Self-Help Category, Merit Awards for Memoir & Spirituality/Religion Categories.

The EVVYs are named for CIPA founder, Evelyn Kaye. Judges are selected for
their knowledge in a specific genre. EVVY Award nominees range from novices to
national best-selling authors/publishers. The awards feature multiple
categories, and received entries internationally.


How a Denver Attorney Learned Life Lessons from His Dying Dogs


“The dogs (Budge and Boe) have a natural, uncanny way of reducing stress. It’s kind of magical. They will be great morale boosters as members of the team.”
–Staff Sergeant Mike Calaway, 85th Medical Detachment assigned to duty in Iraq

Budge and Boe are two black Labrador retrievers serving as therapy dogs from American’s VetDogs, a subsidiary of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Charities eye not-so-generous giving season in sour economy
By Sandra Block, USA TODAY, November 2, 2009

The fragile economy won’t rebound quickly enough to rescue some of the nation’s largest charities from a bleak holiday giving season.

The nation’s 400 largest charities expect giving to decline by a median of 9% this year, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a trade publication. That means half the nation’s largest fundraisers expect donations to drop even more than 9%.