When it comes to battling canine bone cancer, pawrents understand how hard it is to keep feelings of fear, regret and hopelessness away. At times, these nasty characters can take over our lives, and keep us from living in the present.
Doug Koktavy’s new hardbound book, “The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying from My Canine Brothers” can gently teach you how to cope with terminal illness and dying.
Doug recently gave an interview with Blog Talk Radio, which you can listen to here.
In this podcast, Doug talks about his book, which started out as a simple website essay called “On Fear” (which you can read here). Now, Beezer and Boomer’s story has evolved into a chronicle of the life Doug shared with his two canine brothers as they battled terminal illness while teaching Doug important 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
The Beezer and Boomer story was a huge help to us when we learned Jerry had lung mets, and taught us how to break free of “anticipatory grief” (grieving for events we knew were going to happen, someday). While we had some setbacks, each time we did, Doug’s wise words helped bring us back into the “now,” and we were able to make the most of our time with Jerry.