Denver, July 30, 2010—If you have a sick or aging pet, author Doug Koktavy suggests tuning in to Sirius XM Radio on August 3, 2010, at 6:00 a.m. ET to listen to what proves to be an interesting one-hour interview with radio host Dr. Frank Adams. The good doctor may be a pulmonary specialist and a police surgeon with the NYPD in his day job but he’s a true animal lover 24/7. The interview is a “Pets and Your Health” special feature of Sirius Radio.
The conversation between the author and the doctor is sure to focus on the commonality between people and pets dying. In his book, The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers, Koktavy describes his experience when his two beloved dogs were diagnosed with terminal illnesses and he was at a loss to deal with his own emotions. “More than half of Americans consider their pets as part of the family; some say the number is closer to eighty percent,” the author says, “and when pets are dying, humans often go through anticipatory grief much like their experience when a child is dying. Yet, with animals, they may not be aware they are grieving during the pet’s illness. Instead they may feel at odds or unable to sleep. Often they can experience guilt, fear, anger and even depression.”
Koktavy says he wrote The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer BeezerandBoomer.com because he couldn’t find help for his own out-of-control emotions when the dogs were ill and wanted to share with others the coping strategies he learned. He also came to realize the whole experience was life changing. As he says: “Not the worst of times, but the richest.”
Do medical doctors agree? Dr. Adams, an assistant professor of Clinical Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, will no doubt have some thoughts on the subject. He regularly hosts the Pets and Your Health show, and is the author of three books, The Asthma Sourcebook, The Breathing Disorder Sourcebook and Healing Through Empathy.
The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer focuses on the positive lessons that our pets can teach us. Conquering fear and guilt and learning to live in the present are just two of those lessons. It all started, Doug says, 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 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.
Doug Koktavy is also a book publisher and speaker. He is a Certified Counselor, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Doug also is a moderator of both the K9 Kidney Diet Yahoo Group and the Pet Grief Yahoo Group, and 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. Doug volunteers with Safe Harbor Labrador Retriever Rescue. Currently an attorney in Denver, he enjoys biking, running and taking quiet walks with his black Lab, Dory.
Doctor Radio, created in collaboration with NYU Medical Center, features more than two dozen respected doctors as regular weekly hosts, many of whom are “teaching” doctors at the NYU School of Medicine, plus physicians and medical experts from around the world as special hosts and guests. Doctor Radio is available on Sirius channel 114.