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Hell On 4 Paws: How Britain's leading Pet Behaviourist met her match Kindle Edition
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It must be really difficult writing autobiographical material! How do you get across your own inner questions and doubts without appearing to be a self indulgent worrit? How do you mention the less attractive character traits of relatives and loved ones without appearing overly critical? How do you draw on your career experience as a dog trainer without appearing a know-it-all? How do you mention the experiences which motivated your career choice without focussing/self pitying on difficult childhood experiences?
It must be incredibly difficult, but I have to say, if I was the author's partner or step daughter I would have been upset by my portrayal in this book. I also felt that there were numerous occasions where it wasn't necessary for the author to point out that she had been right all along.
I have no idea if 'needing to be right all the time' is a character trait of the author. Nor do i know if she carries a difficult childhood around like a status symbol, but this book gives that impression.
Was the book interesting? Yes.
Did I empathise with the people or the dogs? Frankly, I found them all (except Spider the dog) irritatingly unattractive, which is a great pity, because I think that a more generous, less critical portrayal of people and animals would have resulted in a book that was easier to read and learn from.Read more ›
One of the reviews I read before buying ,commented that the way the author wrote about her partners daughter was not very nice. I think she says nothing that many wouldnt say about a teenager and again the relationship developed and improved throughout the book.
I enjoyed the book and learned from it and I will probably read parts again. I have already recommended it to a friend.
In contrast, I love Marley & me, which is well-written & full of humour; a book that all dog owners, experts or not, can relate to.
Author Gwen Bailey is a well known and respected dog behaviour expert and "Chesil" was a huge challenge for her. Gwen has super patience and expertise and the ups and downs of life with "Chesil" makes very interesting reading. Gwen not only had the challenge of turning this dog from a deliquent to a well behaved family pet, during all of this she was getting settled into a new relationship, getting to know the daughter of her new partner and also taking the huge step of selling her house and buying a new family home with partner Grant and his daughter Holly.
It is a story of highs and lows, laughter and tears but above all love and perseverence which proves that you can all live happily ever after.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its very amusing - you can feel with her when you're a Dog owner yourself.Published on 3 Sept. 2014 by Irina Hensgen
Not bad, I have read better, and really pleased the dog had a good life in the end.Published on 11 July 2014 by Mrs S L Spake
I tried this but didn't enjoy the writing style and didn't actually finish it.
The cute puppy story was more like a list of dog training exercises.
This book is a very light-hearted read. So good to know that even the experts sometimes have difficultly, this proves without a doubt that Gwen Bailey is human, very enjoyable.Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by Marie Massey
When I read the cover of this book I thought it sounded like a good lighthearted read. Sad to say, it hasn't turned out that way. Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by Helen25243