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My pawrents were devastated when the vet said I had lung mets. It was like reliving my cancer diagnosis all over again.
That’s when our friends Joel and Ross, Moose’s Dads, pointed us to “Overcoming Fear and Guilt When Canine Kids Get Sick.”
This powerful essay, written by Denver lawyer Doug Koktavy, helped Mom and Dad by finally convincing them that blame, fear, anger and guilt are a waste of precious time when living with cancer.
An Excerpt from “On Fear”
© Doug Koktavy
“. . . I realized my fear of the disease was the fuel that was being used against me. Devilishly clever, my biggest enemy was not the disease, but me. I was the power source being used to generate the very negative energy destroying my own being and wasting a special day with my beloved dog.
This paradoxical contradiction was glaring. I had thought the growing presence of disease was causing my mounting fear. In fact, just the opposite was occurring. My daily increasing fear was causing the disease to grow and become more powerful. I decided it was high time to start working for me and the Beez, not against us.”
His essay is one of the most powerful tools around for coping with serious illness in our animal friends.
Now, Doug has turned his essay into a full-length book called “The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers.” The book details how his two special boys helped him make the most of their time together.
“The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer” includes lessons about:
- Listening to our pets
- Gaining a new perspective on our pets’ end of life care
- Dealing with anticipatory grief
- Conquering guilt and fear: living in the present
- Developing a Presence Plan
- Finding humor in the worst situations
- Understanding our place in the circle of life
We love this book. Our favorite holistic vet, Dr. Marty, agrees:
“Not only is it so well written that you become a bystander observing the story from within, but the compassion for the vital connection we share with this wonderful kingdom oozes out of and between the lines.”
–Martin Goldstein, DVM, author, The Nature of Animal Healing, and host, Ask Martha’s Vet, Martha Stewart Living Radio
Proceeds Benefit the Tripawds Community
With this book, big-hearted Doug has set out to accomplish two impawtant things:
- Help you cope with your best friend’s terminal illness, and
- Help companion animal groups by donating forty percent of the proceeds for each book sold.
We recently had the opportunity to talk with Doug about his book and this is what he had to say about The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer. Check out our video interview above, and get your copy today!
We’d like to congratulate Doug Koktavy, author of The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer, for winning first place in the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Awards. He received the honor of first place in the “Self Help” category, as well as Merit awards in Spirituality and Memoirs.
The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer is a must-read for any Tripawd pawrent, especially ones coping with bone cancer.
We can’t stress how life-changing this book is. Doug’s story will help you confront your fears about the future and teach you how to live in the present moment with your beloved dog.
Read this book today, and remember….
Here’s a great story about Doug, Beezer and Boomer in the Denver Post
“Doug Koktavy, a Denver area attorney, thought he could control life’s problems with the right plan and hard work.
His two black Labrador retrievers, Beezer and Boomer, taught him lessons he’ll never forget.
The dogs, adopted as litter-mates, died about two years apart – Beezer first, of kidney disease, then Boomer of bone cancer.
Koktavy, divorced after adopting the dogs, dealt alone with the final days of the pair, whom he regarded as his canine brothers. And he did it while running a successful home-based practice.
When Beezer was sick, Koltavy relentlessly searched for solutions but found few. He obsessed about losing his best friend and felt guilty that he somehow wasn’t doing enough.“