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Buster's Diaries as Told to Roy Hattersley Paperback – 19 Aug 1999
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When Buster the cross-bred Staffordshire Bull Terrier was attacked by a goose belonging to the Queen, his resulting act of self-defence (from which the bird never recovered) was so widely misreported in the press that Buster became an instant celebrity.
One court appearance and a £75 fine later, Roy Hattersley and his companion were consigned to the criminal ranks. But that was not the end of the matter, as journalists pursued the pair through the parks of London. Determined to put his side of the story forward, Buster decided at last to put paw to paper and his Diaries, as told to Roy Hattersley are the result.
From his lowly beginnings as a street pup and rescue dog, Buster charts his heady rise to the sophistication of SW1. Hotels, living with The Man and mealtimes that She dictates are only a few of the obstacles Buster has to negotiate. But negotiate them he does and despite momentary lapses in his 24-hour memory, the three learn to live together as a family. Light-hearted and humorous in tone, Buster's Diaries was never meant to be a serious treatment of animal psychology; yet it does offer the odd thoughtful comment on a British society which often seems to revolve around dog ownership and the tabloid press. A good wind-down book, this story offers you a leisurely stroll towards the happy ending where Buster finally adjusts to the rigours of owning The Man. It should certainly succeed in its aim to convince everyone that "there's more to life than chasing postmen". --Lucie Naylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A must read for every dog owner' -- SUNDAY TRIBUNE, Ireland
'Unputdownable, highly amusing...A perfect Christmas present' -- DOG WORLD
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If you have a dog, then this is a must. You will understand what your faithful friend is trying to tell you that little bit better for reading it.
"Coming home last night, I smelt an animal next to the water trough where the Man tries to make me wash my feet when it is muddy in the fields. I went to get a closer sniff and it pricked me on the nose...The Man was very unsympathetic. He said 'You were trying to roll that hedgehog over so you could kill it.' That was not true. But it was a good idea. I shall know what to do next time."
For those who don't know, as well as being a prolific writer, Hattersley was an MP while Buster was writing this diary. Where this book scores so highly is in Buster's utter indifference to political events around him: the historic Labour election victory of May 1997 is recorded only for the fact that the Man and She stayed out all night and came home rather excited. Norman Tebbit appears not as a long-term opponent of Hattersley's, but as the owner of two super-trained and scary hounds, utterly bound to Tebbit's will.
It takes a great man to subsume his own ego beneath that of a dog; it also makes one excellent book.
Roy Hattersley tells the story of his dog (and himself) but tells it with a twist... from the dogs point of view. Yes I know it sounds strange but it works. Funny, at times sad... you'll be crying both tears of joy and tears of sadness. This is about as good as it gets... and if you like this then read Marley and Me by John Grogan. Another tear jerker for every reason. Both books are for dog lovers and those that know dog lovers. Excellent
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