Denver, June 20, 2010—It may be conjecture, but the author of the new book, The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer, is betting that his top ranking on the Amazon.com charts before it’s officially published has a lot to do with some early buzz. That buzz includes a ton of positive Facebook chatter, reviews from enthusiastic bloggers and early endorsers, and new fans found during appearances at the 2010 Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry and Maxfund’s Lucky Mutt Strut. The book’s official publication date is June 21, 2010 but the book has been listed on Amazon.com to take early pre-publication orders.
Copies of the independently published The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers have also been available on Doug Koktavy’s website www.BeezerAndBoomer.com. The book’s message is clearly resonating with readers: it sheds light on a serious problem many pet people struggle with and few find help for. It’s the very real pain they go through from the time they learn their pet has a terminal illness until the last goodbye. Many books have been written on dealing with the grief and loss an owner feels after a pet dies, but until now there has been no help for the intense feelings of anxiety, powerless and even depression that can arise during the illness.
“A book with lessons on dealing with the dying of a pet is sorely needed these days,” explains author Doug Koktavy. He wrote The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer because he couldn’t find help for his own out-of-control emotions and wanted to share with others the coping strategies he learned. “More than half of Americans consider their pets as family; some say the number is closer to eighty percent,” he says. “That is a huge number of people who will be outliving their ‘children.’ My story describes my three-year journey when both my beloved Labrador retrievers got diagnoses of fatal illnesses. I was a wreck until I realized the help I needed was right under my nose.”
Conquering fear and guilt and learning to live in the present are just two of the lessons from the dogs. It all started with a pronouncement from his veterinarian that Beezer had ninety days to live. Shocked and unable to come to grips with the knowledge that he suddenly was losing his best friend, Doug grew frantic with fear. His work and his own health began to suffer as he chastised himself over what he might have neglected to do for his dog. What followed were some of the lowest lows and some of the highest highs of his life as Doug said goodbye first to Beezer and then to his brother Boomer.
The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers, published by B Brothers Press, 2010, is a hardcover book with 328 pages, numerous photos and illustrations by artist Chris Smith. It already has won book awards in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Excellence Book Awards (first place and finalist), 2010 Nautilus Awards (silver), 2010 Living Now Awards (silver), Eric Hoffer Awards (honorable mention) and first place for self-help books in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association 2010 Book Awards.
Jane Shaw, DVM, PhD, director of Argus Institute, says, “A heartfelt, transformative book. The deepest lesson learned was to listen to the dogs as they had great wisdom to share. In slowing down and spending time together, the path became clear. This book validates that the schooling is really transferred from animal to human, not vice versa.”
Doug Koktavy is a creditor’s attorney in Denver. An avid sportsman, he has played ice hockey for years and competed in triathlons. Today he enjoys sharing his free time volunteering for local nonprofit animal organizations. He also has developed two affiliate programs—one, for nonprofits, is called the B Brothers Nonprofit Project. Information about becoming a member of this special fundraiser can be found at www.BeezerAndBoomer.com/npo.html. The second affiliate program is for for-profit pet businesses. Information is available by contacting Doug at Doug@BeezerAndBoomer.com.
Copies of the award-winning book, The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer, are available at www.BeezerAndBoomer.com, and through bookstores nationwide.