I work at an Independent bookshop (Burway Books) in Church Stretton, Shropshire, where Tina and Chandi used to live, walk, and train so I was keen to read this book as soon as it arrived. I can only describe it as un-put-downable: I sat up until the early hours for two nights running, completely absorbed by Tina's story of the unconditional love that she shared with her two beloved dogs.
She writes movingly about the loss of both her parents to cancer, and tells how Chandi and Pepper became her whole life. It is fascinating to read about how she rescued both dogs from a local pound and spent countless hours training them to do heel work and perform to music - and in doing so combined the two great loves of her life. She shares humorous, behind-the-scenes insights into TV talent shows and dog shows, making me almost feel that I was there with her. I was also absorbed reading about her values and principles, from becoming vegetarian to using natural healing techniques whenever possible. Her dogs were only ever fed a natural diet.
I knew, of course, that there would be tears. Boxes of tissues should be sold alongside this book, not only for those who love dogs, but for everyone who has ever loved and lost someone.
Heartwarming, funny, sad, and one of the most memorable books I have read.