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‘Beezer, Boomer’ book offers help dealing with death

Submitted by admin on September 15, 2010 – 6:08 amNo Comment

Today on Chit Chat: Sept. 1, 2010 — Highlights


Author Doug Koktavy is shown here with his canine brothers.


Doug Koktavy, the author of “The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers”

In his interview with Chit Chat Host Leslie Stratmoen, the author said the book is his first and came about through his own personal need. He had to find a way to work through the pain and grief of knowing his beloved pet was dying. That was Beezer, his Labrador Retriever he’d raised from a pup who was diagnosed with a fatal kidney disease at 8 years old. Soon after he died, the author’s other dog, Boomer, Beezer’s littermate died of bone cancer. So now, the author had to put the lessons learned to the ultimate test.

He said the book starts with his goodbye to “The Beez,” and the life lived with his dogs, then finishes with his and Boomer’s story of how they learned to enjoy their final days together. He was astonished, he said, of how much he learned from his dogs, and in comparison all he taught them was how to shake hands. He said it’s their joyful spirits that will live forever through the lessons they’ve passed on.

The book takes the reader on a journey through his anger, frustration and depression surrounding what he called “anticipatory grief.” More simply, he said, it’s a book about guilt and fear and how to put the two in perspective: “fear lives in the future and guilt lives in the past.”

 So, salvation is living in the moment.

It was also a journey of discovery, he said. Through the writing of the book, he learned that the universe had a far grander plan for him than he’d ever imagined. But more importantly his beloved Beezer and Boomer showed him through their deaths how to live. Now, he said, there’s no need to fear his own mortality.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview in which he offers free shipping to those who order the book from his Web site –

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