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Paw Prints in Oman: Dogs, Mogs and Me [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Smith
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**New York Times bestseller**
When Charlotte’s husband is offered a job in Oman, he persuades her to leave comfortable, rural England and join him. But playing tennis, avoiding coffee mornings and being a perfect wife and mother in the Middle East is not enough.
Charlotte convinces a local veterinary clinic to employ her and throws herself into assisting the vets, overcoming her fear of birds and rehoming hundreds of stray cats and dogs. Cyclones, earthquakes, transvestites, unwanted paramours, cultural differences, tears and laughter follow as seven years flash by.
Will Charlotte stay, or gather up the motley crew of pets she has collected and head for home?

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About the Author

Charlotte was born, raised and lived in West Sussex until her persuasive husband Nick swept her and youngest daughter Georgie off to live in mystical Oman. Her love of animals helped her to shape an extraordinary life in the Middle East, and her first book is full of stories to bring tears to the eye. She now lives in Andalucia, in southern Spain, where some new adventures are just beginning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3060 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ant Press (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charlotte was born, raised and lived in West Sussex, UK, with her children, animals, Aga and husband until 2006. She dreamed of spending time with Colin Firth, or Gordon Ramsey, and couldn't wait for Christmas to come around for Love Actually to be on the TV. But then she was dragged off to live in Oman, in the heart of the Middle East, where coffee mornings and sets of tennis soon gave way to a life of animal rescue and re-homing. Her first book, Paw Prints in Oman, is full of wonderful stories and unique insights into her life in this mystical land.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming read 5 May 2014
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Forget about seven years in Tibet, this is seven years in Oman! And what a fascinating seven years it is, author Charlotte Smith moving from the elevated ex-pat echelons of tennis and bridge playing high society to the down and dirty graft of co-running a vet's clinic along with her daughter. And this, in a country which is not only not friendly to animals, but often downright hostile. The earlier part of the book gave me laughs galore - especially Oman's censorship laws (44 people arrested for wearing red at Christmas? Really?) and the painted egg incident with the Dutch ambassador. Later on, as the book's tone turns more serious, we meet literally hundreds of our furry friends in terrible states of neglect, restored to happy tail-wagging and purring good health through the ministrations of the clinic and its dedicated workers. Constant companions like Billy, Frodo and Mr Frog are joined by a wonderful drop-in cast that includes Leo, the phobic cocker spaniel, the kitten who popped out an ATM machine, an obese chappati-gobbling Labrador, and of course Big Red, the gigantic 8kg mass of orange and white flab with a penchant for tuna. A delightful read, this, and not just for the mogs and dogs, but for anyone wishing to gain an insight into modern-day Omani customs, culture and religion. Thoroughly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Reading this Memoir was like reading a long-awaited letter from a good friend (I hope that makes sense) So, so brilliant the way you are able to just glide-along through Charlotte and her family's move to Oman and to be able to cover 7 years without 'losing' the reader is brilliant...
I am only too happy to review this wonderful Memoir Paw Prints in Oman - Dogs, Mogs and Me by Charlotte Smith... Charlotte's way of writing flows very easily - had me laughing out loud A LOT. It explains in an un-fussy way about moving from the UK to a different country and what that can entail - in this case to Oman - and whilst you're not given over-load information about Oman itself you definitely get the gist of how it can be eg in Muscat - the immense heat, the 'dangerous' roads, and alas a lack of caring for Animals - in this case Cats and Dogs... But also some of the great people different nationalities that the Author comes across/meets. Not being that/totally enamoured with the 'in' crowd Charlotte finds herself working at a Vetinary Clinic / come rehoming centre for Cats & Dogs - the 4 years spent there alone are covered brilliantly throughout this Memoir again laugh out loud moments together with some 'why' 'how could they' from me as a reader - in total agreement with Charlotte. Her co-workers at the Clinic were a treat to 'get to know' also. This Memoir covers approx 7 years that Charlotte, her husband, their youngest daughter & of course Billy & Co spent in Oman... Whilst I was sad to finish this Memoir I am hoping that Charlotte's next one will be out soon - and I for one cannot wait. I highly recommend this Memoir.
Pat Ellis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written - highly recommended 18 Feb. 2015
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Charlotte Smith is a naturally gifted story-teller. Her style of writing is clear, fluid and incredibly engaging. In Paw Prints in Oman she tells the story of her life as an expat wife and mum who lives for 7 years with her husband in Oman. After setting up home and sorting out school for their youngest daughter, life settles down to a pace that Charlotte isn't keen on. As boredom threatens, she looks to fill her days in ways that don't involve endless games of tennis, or becoming a full-time ‘lady who lunches’. In a moment of serendipity she manages to get herself a job in a local veterinary clinic, which seems to lead a double life as a dumping ground for abandoned pets.

Charlotte's throws herself into her new job with some trepidation coupled with enthusiasm at the idea of a new challenge. But it turns out to be pretty tough. Her life is quickly transformed as she puts aside innate fears of some species, and learns how to deal with abused, difficult and often abandoned animals. She does this whilst running a busy home, looking after her long-suffering family; and managing with some serious domestic disasters that cause havoc along the way.

As I read this book I was immediately drawn to the evident warmth of Charlotte and her lovely family. I admired Charlotte’s gutsy approach in handling the difficulties that faced her, and sympathised with her as she described her feelings of homesickness coupled with the complications of living in a foreign country, with a culture so different to her own.

Paw Prints in Oman is heart-warming, very funny, and also desperately sad in places. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page, and by the end I was not at all surprised, and indeed felt proud, that the family had accumulated so many animals! Quite simply - I loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Leaving the lush greenery of West Sussex for the heat of Oman when her husband gets a job there, Charlotte Smith heads with trepidation into a new culture meeting the many challenges and adventures in her path. This memoir of the Smith family’s seven years in Muscat comprises lots of short anecdotes, from cars getting stuck in the desert and the trials of bureaucracy (and even the weekly shop), through to the magic of the scenery, local customs, and their trips to nearby Beirut and Dubai.

Missing her wider family and friends in the UK and reluctant to fully embrace ‘expat life’, Charlotte really shows a passion for the animals in Oman. The pace picks up whenever the book focuses on her work with the vets, where she helps out with the rehoming of hundreds of stray cats & dogs. It has plenty of little stories to tell about the staff, their assorted clients and even more assorted pets. It's not in the league of great literature but Paw Prints in Oman is a nice, easy read about a life lived (at least in part) elsewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book. Lighthearted and fun! Highly recommended
Published 29 days ago by Elizabeth Melas
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story - highly recommended!
I really enjoyed this book. It’s written in a diary format in which Charlotte Smith describes the seven years she spent in Oman with her husband and youngest daughter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca H
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An nice easy read, with an interesting insight of the culture in Oman.
Published 5 months ago by whiterose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a great, often very funny read.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. S. J. Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars Life in far off places
I chose this book as I was intrigued by the title. It certainly turned our better than I had thought and if you love animals and have ever lived abroad you will find it most... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jules
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited appeal
I visit Muscat regularly and so recognize both areas described and mentioned. I have also lived as an expatriate and know the joys and difficulties experienced by the author. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ron Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I would highly recommend this to everyone, it's a brilliant read. It's one book that I will certainly read again at a later date.
Published 6 months ago by Vonnydee
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming!
I just love animal stories, particularly those about dogs, although I opened the book with a little trepidation, because I have recently lost my own dog to a stroke. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just brilliant
Published 6 months ago by vicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Paw prints
Very enjoyable book - can be sad but also just shows you what a person can do. Really enjoyed it.
Published 6 months ago by Sunny
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