The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer – Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers, by Doug Koktavy, is a book that holds true to its promise. More than a retelling of one man’s love for his dogs, Koktavy takes us on his journey of self-discovery; a life-changing odyssey that starts the moment he’s told that one of his labs is dying.
And, there will be no surprises. You’ll know from the beginning that Koktavy will lose both of his Labrador Retrievers to fatal illnesses.
And given this, you may decide that this will be too sad for you to read about.
I hope not because this is a book that can open the door to The Other Side – if you’re ready to take that next step.
Which is to believe in the power of things that you can’t see but that are very real.
The second way you can read this book is to think of it a workbook that will give you insights into your own abilities to change yourself. It’s rare that an author can take you inside of his own head as he rails against and then embraces ideas about life and spirituality … that he learns from his dogs. You can choose to actively participate by applying what Koktavy learns to your own life.
As Koktavy admits, “I’m the last person you’d expect to tell this story. I have no veterinary training and no social work or psychological counseling background. To the contrary, I grew up in an ice hockey family and now I’m a commercial law attorney wrapped in the daily micromanagement of ego and control. Historically, I’d be more readily identified with the beer-and-shot crowd than the namaste division of life. In retrospect, I probably needed these messages more than anyone.” (pg xv)
In other words, he’s a guy with an overbearing ego who’s a bastard of a control freak.
But. The other thing Koktavy is? He’s very brave because he’s not afraid to write about how he leaves no stone unturned as he deals with the canine diseases of kidney failure and bone cancer.
Including how he contacts not one but two women who are animal communicators.
This is one of the more interesting sections of the book. And, this is also where some of you will stop and not go any further. Remember that not everyone is ready to Open That Door. Some of us never even knock. And, that’s okay.
Koktavy is skeptical but willing to Take a Look for what he might gain. Which are insights into what his two dogs are thinking and want to tell him.
The rewards are more than he imagines. In reaching outside of his own limited reality because he wants to understand what his dogs are experiencing and how they might be feeling, Koktavy gains an awareness of a higher plane of existence.
And that is the point of this book.