Doug, I saw your book as not about death, but about celebrating every moment of life possible.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) October 19, 2010
A groundbreaking memoir that pet owners are hailing has just chalked up another first place book award. The prestigious Writers Digest Book Awards has named The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers tops in the self-published Life Stories category. That brings the total awards it has earned in its first year of publication to ten.
Author Doug Koktavy cites the universality of the book’s theme as the reason for its critical acclaim. “Although it’s just my story about my two dogs, I believe it is being recognized because of its help to pet owners everywhere. It is striking a chord with people who are going through what I went through when my dogs were dying. This is a really difficult emotional time for so many people, and my book provides some help with that.
“Before The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer, there were no other books for people going through the emotions of fear, guilt, powerless and depression that so often occur before a beloved pet passes. I wrote about the strategies I learned from my dogs to deal with this anticipatory grief. A lot has been written about grief after a death, but so much more can be done to help your pet and yourself during the illness. Decisions need to be made, and life needs to go on, yet our emotions get in the way. We end up squandering these last few months or days by feeling bad when what we should be doing is just staying present and appreciating and loving our pets.”
Conquering fear and guilt and learning to live in the present are just two of the lessons from the dogs. Doug’s story begins with a pronouncement from his veterinarian that Beezer has ninety days to live. Shocked and unable to come to grips with the knowledge that he suddenly is losing his best friend, Doug grows frantic with fear. His work and his own health begin to suffer as he chastises himself over what he might have neglected to do for 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.
Among the book awards for The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer are: 2010 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, 1st Place, "Life Stories "; 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 1st Place, "Memoirs" and Finalist, "Pets"; 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards, 1st Place, "Animals/Pets"; 2010 Nautilus Silver Award, "Grieving/Death & Dying"; 2010 Colorado Independent Publishers Association, 1st Place, "Self Help Books"; 2010 Living Now Book Awards, Silver Award, "Pets"; and 2010 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Honorable Mention, "Self-Help/Spiritual."
Doug Koktavy is an attorney in Denver, as well as an author, publisher and speaker. He recently presented workshops on “Animal Teachers, Human Student” to the American Humane Association and the Argus Institute, at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He also 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 late October 2010.
He is a Certified Counselor, Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement 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. He also is a volunteer with Safe Harbor Labrador Retriever Rescue. He enjoys biking, running and taking quiet walks with his new black Lab, Dory.
The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers, published by B Brothers Press, 2010, is a 328-page hardcover book with illustrations by artist Chris Smith.
Copies of The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer are available at http://www.BeezerAndBoomer.com and through Independent Publishers Group distributors.