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The Power of our Dogs
on 8 February 2014
A dog does not have to be big to be a friend! A dog does not have to be big in stature to be noticed or to make an impression! A dog does not have to be big to make a difference - good things come in small packages!
If a friend told you that their dog's name was "Butch" you would be forgiven for imagining that the dog would be of a good size, possibly a Staffie, a Bulldog, a Rottweiler, a Doberman, a hefty mongrel, a Mastiff etc etc. You would most likely not expect the dog to be . . . . . a Chihuahua! They are however described as dogs with big dogs attitude inside a tiny body. "Butch" the subject of this true story is one such dog - a tiny Chihuahua.
The introduction to the book tells of the author, Jenni Murray - BBC Presenter of Woman's Hour, and how she received the devastating news in December 2006, that she has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Then Chapter One, starts with Jenni telling us about her childhood and the prescence, either real or imaginary, of dogs in her life. We journey with Jenni through these times that are both joyful but also sad when a beloved pet dies.
The book continues through the journey Jenni has, in both home and work life, the ups and downs, the coming to terms with her illness and trying to still carry on her successful career with the BBC. Into this life comes "Butch" and
the impact he has on the lives of Jenni, her husband, friends, work colleagues and even those who operate our public transport. Nobody was unaffected by tiny "Butch".
This book is fascinating the predominant theme is to tell us the great love that dogs have to give us humans, a love that endures no matter what life throws at them. Dogs are always there to love and welcome us - they are truly invaluable and so under appreciated by a lot of people.
I really don't want to tell you all the content of the book, becuase it will spoil your pleasure in reading it. Trust me it is a real page turner, a brilliant book full of courage, warmth and love. At the start of each chapter, there is a sweet little photo of "Butch". I am certain you will not be disappointed and will thoroughly enjoy it as I did.