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Self Published - Paperback on Amazon!

Heart Dog - Gunner's Story

It's official everyone! As of October 13, 2018, Heart Dog - Gunner's Story is available in Paperback on Amazon !

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HEART DOG – GUNNER’S STORY. Copyright © 2018 by Karen Grzenda. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For more information email Karen Grzenda at

This book based on the true life journey of a pure bred blue Doberman and his family will have you laughing out loud and minutes later grabbing for tissues.

Purchased as a puppy by Karen, Gunner displayed symptoms of Hypothyroidism at an early age but was consistently diagnosed with other ailments and allergies so didn’t receive the proper treatment for his disease for a very long time.

During the first three years of his life, Gunner was an amazing dog who stole the hearts of many and quickly became a Canadian Champion as well as achieved high awards in Rally but also was haunted by the disease. While Gunner was loyal, loving, intelligent and even a comedian, he also displayed unforeseen bouts of aggression which nearly led to Karen having Gunner euthanized.

This book shows the humor, the life, the love, the trials and the ups and downs of Karen and Gunner's journey as they work together in the show ring as a team as well in their private lives. Karen also describes in detail her painful struggle to keep harmony in her home with Gunner and the rest of the pack; Vegas, Taxi, Blaze and eventually Liar.

Through Gunner, Karen learns the most important lesson of all, to never give up!

After finding Karen's true love, Tim works with her and accepts Gunner for who he is and learns to live well with her and the rest of the pack. Together, Karen and Tim realize Gunner is truly both of their "Heart Dog".

Cover Design - Karen Grzenda

Table of Contents


1 ~ To All The Dogs I’ve Loved Before. 1

2 ~ Isaac. 15

3 ~ And Then Came Gunner. 31

4 ~ Our First Car ride. 43

5~ Sir Farts-A-lot. 57

6 ~ You’re Pushing My Buttons. 69

7 ~ My Show Boating Rockstar. 81

8 ~ So Cold. 93

9 ~ Calder. 105

10 ~ Bad Attitude! 117

11 ~ Daddy’s Little Girl. 129

12 ~ Doing Your Due Diligence. 141

13 ~ Unemployed Dogs. 155

14 ~ Aggression. 169

15 ~ A Tired Dog Is a Good Dog. 181

16 ~ Money, Money, Money. 193

17 ~ Michele and the List. 205

18 ~ Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire. 219

19 ~ And Then Came Tim. 231

20 ~ Taxi. 243

21 ~ Who Let the Dogs Out?. 255

22 ~ Snow Blowing. 269

23 ~ Our Heart Dog. 281

24 ~ Today, Tomorrow and For Always. 289

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