Book Review

Loving Emmi Book Tour & My Review

Cali Book Reviews received this book in exchange for my honest opinion, from Beck Valley Book Tours. This does not change my review at all. All opinions are my own.

And the Dog-Ma saga continues…

In this highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Dog-Ma, The Zen of Slobber, Izzy, the feisty and ferocious terrier, has lost her eyesight. Following on the heels of this devastating loss, her arch-rival Morgan – a gentle giant of a Rottweiler – suddenly succumbs to cancer. Finding herself a lonely-only, it’s not long before Izzy finds herself nose-to-nose with her humans’ new pet project: a foster Rottie pup also named Morgan. Quickly renamed Emmi to avoid confusion (and the wrath of Izzy,) it was to be the beginning of a journey unlike any other.

Severely injured as a newborn, Emmi—affectionately known to her fast-growing online fan base as Baby Morgan the Broken Jaw Puppy—is hanging onto life by a thread. Living with a crushed jaw that has left her unable to open her mouth to eat or drink, the prognosis is grim. Baby Morgan is starving to death. Having rescued her from a horrific life, her parents spring into all-out desperation mode to find her the best lifesaving medical care. Despite the advice of veterinary professionals to euthanize, her parents are determined to save her at all costs. Taking to the Internet, they rally a huge online community of dog lovers who quickly become their second family. It does not take long for Emmi’s sheer determination and ferocious will to live to take hold.

This is Emmi’s miracle. A story of hope, inspiration and triumph in the face of adversity.

Available to buy at….   Author Site  Barnes and Noble  

My Thoughts;

I’m going to start by saying, I’m glad to know that my 4 & 5 pound Chihuahua’s, Izzy and Jingles, aren’t the only ones that tend to howl when emergency vehicles have their sirens blaring. Turns out Morgan does the same thing also!

I was excited to read this book because Rottweilers are a dog that I have always had some fear of. I have no reason to have that fear, I think, because I haven’t ever had any occurances with this breed of dog, but big dogs kind of scare me, especially if I haven’t known them since they were puppies, but anytime my husband has ever mentioned getting a Rottweiler, I have always turned that idea away pretty quickly, simply because of the breed. So I wanted to read this story, since the main dog is a Rottweiler!

When Emmi was still a very young puppy that was still with her doggy mother, she sustained a bite to the jaw and ended up with a broken jaw. The breeder didn’t do anything with her, and Emmi ended up in a foster home with Barbara and Ray. They decided they couldn’t just send her to another home, so they adopted her, which I think is AMAZING of them because of all the surgeries and stuff Emmi would have to endure in her life. There aren’t many people out there that I know that would do that, and I just think it’s awesome of them.

There were many times while reading this book, I had to laugh. Emmi and Izzy “write” to the readers in their perspectives, and while Izzy is a Terrier, she could be a twin to my Chihuahua named Isabella (Izzy for short). Their mannerisms are so much alike it’s not even funny. If my Izzy could talk, I pictured her saying so many of the same things that Izzy in the book “said”.

There’s one part of the book, where Emmi comes into heat for the first time, and it’s mentioned that they get boys XL underwear and put them on her backwards for her tail to have room to wiggle. I am assuming that the reason for the need for underwear is because she’s not properly able to clean herself as a dog with a truly functioning tongue would be able to. Which I understand. Dogs in heat could most definitely be messy!

This book is definitely a must read for animal lovers. It tugged at my heart strings, made me laugh, made me cry. You can tell they have a HUGE love for fostering dogs. You need to read this book if you’re a dog lover, or even an animal lover. You will not regret it!


“This book is a must read for animal lovers, everywhere. Barbara Boswell Brunner pulls at your heartstrings in Loving Emmi, a rescue story like no other. When Barbara, and her husband, Ray, decide it’s time to foster another dog, they have no idea what they’re getting into. This is their story, but it’s also the story of every “imperfect” shelter dog; a story that promises to open eyes and hearts. A fantastic read. Two paws, way, way up.”

– Author Nick Antinozzi – Desperate Times Trilogy

 “A captivating and heartwarming story that illustrates the deep and trusting bond that exists between dogs and humans, written with true understanding, compassion, and love. A must-read gem of a book.”

Author Kathryne Arnold – The Resurrection of Hannah

Read an excerpt HERE

Also Available….

Dog-Ma: the Zen of Slobber (Dog-Ma Book 1)

Barbara’s vivid and dramatic stories, told with a wicked sense of humor, will make you laugh out loud. She definitely gets what living with rescued dogs (nine of them!) is all about.

When Barbara meets her future husband, Ray, it is love-and dog-at first sight. Over the course of thirty-two years, seventeen relocations and nine dogs, their mutual love of dogs guides them on their unconventional path. The love that Barbara and Ray get in return is literally lifesaving, with one dog attacking a lethal intruder and another discovering Barbara’s cancer. Her own survival story underscores the story of how her dogs become survivors themselves.

Each new dog adds its own dynamic to the family, sometimes upending it. From Turbo (whose Spock-like ears may have provided super powers), Barbara learns about the will to live; Lexington demonstrates incredible patience and an inexplicable love of golf; Madison teaches that laughter is truly the best medicine and that the whole “nine lives thing” is not reserved just for cats; Morgan should be sainted for tolerating Izzy, who is as cute as she is bad. Barbara is certain that somewhere in doggie heaven there is a poster that says “If you are sick, injured or in need of really expensive medical care, FIND THESE HUMANS!”

Available to buy at….    Author Site    Barnes and Noble

“Anyone who loves dogs and animals will thoroughly enjoy this book, you will find the authors love, compassion and kindness to her dogs unconditional and the sacrifices both her and her husband make are unbelievable.” – Beck Valley Books

“A sweet, funny and poignant book that I read, cover to cover in just one sitting. It caused me to shed more than a few tears, brought many smiles to my face and even made me laugh out loud a time or two. Whether you’re head over heels for furbabies or are just looking for a great read, this is the book for you!” – Jayedee Halpin Dewitt

“If you love dogs, if you’ve ever rescued a dog, or if you just want a book that exemplifies the extraordinary bond that develops between dogs and the humans who love them, you must read Dog-ma the Zen of Slobber.” – Terrier Torrent

Read an excerpt HERE

About the Author

Award Winning Author, Barbara Brunner grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with her parents, sister and always a dog, or two or three. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from a small women’s college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Meeting her husband in Washington, DC, they continued together on a journey as self-proclaimed dog addicts. In the ensuing years, she founded three successful businesses in the Pacific Northwest and is a prolific fundraiser for breast cancer research. She and her husband are retired and now reside in Southwest Florida with two dogs and copious amounts of dog fur. She is currently working on indulging her well known flip flop addiction.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


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  1. Sounds like a lovely read, I think I would enjoy this one too.
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