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Product details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (8 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481912992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481912990
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

NIKKI ATTREE studied photography at the University of London, graduating with a BA in 1987, before going on to work as a freelance photographer and digital artist in the UK. Since moving to Tenerife in 2007, she has been helping to promote the hardworking animal rescue centres there. Despite being disadvantaged at school by mild dyslexia and a woefully un-supportive English teacher, she has recently discovered an unexpected passion for writing. After years of feeling like a mobile Christmas tree or a heavily laden donkey, with state-of-the-art cameras and flash guns dangling from her every limb, it is refreshing for Nikki to do something creative without needing to be weighed down by tons of the very latest technology. RICHARD ATTREE grew up in London in the 60’s and left home as soon as he could to study a variety of useless subjects, and play keyboards in various unsuccessful bands. For the next 25 years he made his living (sometimes sporadically) as a composer of music for TV, working at the BBC’s renowned Radiophonic Workshop, before going freelance. Tiring of the stresses of freelance life he decided to retire, sell up, and “downshift” to a sunny, windy beach on The Reef (Tenerife). Despite working for most of his life as a musician, Richard has always hankered after the straightforward, direct communication of language when struggling with the complexities of producing electronic music or hauling tons of keyboards up several flights of stairs. GIZMO was abandoned on the mean streets of Tenerife when he was one year old, and spent some time in a refuge, before being adopted by Nikki and Richard. The first step on his meteoric rise to stardom came when he took over the role of spokes-mutt for Nikki’s website. One of his first tasks was to be the poster pooch for an educational program. This involved visiting local schools, telling the children about the plight of stray mutts in Tenerife, and teaching them how to look after their pets properly. Before you could say “wag a tail” he’d been signed up by Island Connections newspaper to be their intrepid news hound, doggedly sniffing out the breaking news and giving the pooch perspective. After graduating with a diploma from the Star Agility class, he decided to share his story with a wider public by enlisting Nikki and Richard to ghost-write his first book: ‘Nobody’s Poodle’.


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By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2013
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With his cover photo shot set against a bright blue Tenerife sky dotted with white wispy clouds, Snr. Gizmo sits comfortably on his soft blue corduroy sofa, tapping at his laptop. With glasses perched on the end of his long nose, soft silky white hair brushed back from his handsome face, he is clearly an author relaxed at his work. But hold on - this is a first - a book written by - a dog! And he cleverly sent me a copy to review. Snr. Gizmo has a talent for publicity; he knows the importance of the word on the street. Philosophical, well travelled, and likeable, his stoical nature and forgiving ways put him in a class apart. He has a tail to tell.

So who am I to carp about his frequent ruff language and liberal distribution of canine clichés? He swears harder than the old priest in Father Ted. This guy has been through the mire, he's seen the underside of life, he's had it tough for sure, but now he is an acclaimed journalist with a regular column for his local rag. Poster pooch too, for an educational programme, he's `giving something back' now and helping to train humans to be better than they were at looking after his fellow creatures.

Almost Walt Disney, yes, but it's no whimsical Shaggy Dog story, or quite The Incredible Journey, Old Yeller he may yet be but Gizmo is Nobody's Poodle! He has landed on his paws now (I know - the old chestnuts just tumble out after a few hours in his company) and he is living happily ever after, thankfully. After some truly scary adventures, one chapter I could hardly bear to stay in about his unfortunate capture by dog fighting ruffians; he was taken to a refuge by his errant, down on his luck too, first owner Trev; the charity the author now supports so diligently, at Accion-del-Sol. Phew.
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Like the previous reviewer, I was lucky enough to see a pre-publication copy too, and I have also met Gizmo, and whilst that might appear to make me biased, I promise on my dog's life, I always try to be fair and forthright!

Gizmo is a superstar in the ex-pat community of Tenerife, and quite right too. He's just about the cutest dog I've ever met (and remember I already mentioned, I'm a dog owner). I kind of think of him a the Owen Wilson of the local dog scene, you know, cuddly and loveable, and always getting into scrapes!

Whilst this book is full of fun and humor, it has a serious side too, fitting Gizmo's role as English spokesperson for abandoned dogs in Tenerife. The story is part fiction, but based on true and very sad facts, and it's great that Nikki and Richard are taking the story of the island's neglected dogs to a wider audience. That they weave so much humour into it makes it that much more readable (I think it would make a great movie "hint, hint"!), and it will certainly make you laugh. It will also make you think twice about how your dog thinks - we don't always stop to think that our pets aren't human and that their points of reference and perspectives are quite different to ours, even if they are well-loved.

All that makes it sound heavy! But it's anything but. Great read. Lovely illustrations.Great book to help you teach kids to respect and think about animals in a more understanding way.
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Although I live on the "Rock" and know Nikki, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Snr. Giz. in the "fur so to speak.
I absolutely loved reading the book, and the way my furry family was cuddling up so did they. They "feel" a good book and want to be part of it.
My "Other Half" was raising the occasional eyebrow asking "Good book is it?" when I was laughing, smirking and on occasion fuming my way through the pages. (The fuming bit due to the stupid and downright cruel behaviour of some owners towards their pets described in the book-).
It is a book that everyone should read - Guardians of pets or not. It is humorous, happy and sad at the same time. It depicts quite clearly the sad story of abandoned animals not only here but all over the world and what shelters and their many volunteers do.
I already knew my dogs and solitary Princely cat can "talk" and "take things as they come" but after reading Gizmo's story I am even more in awe of their ability to cope and give unconditional love. After all animals are the only species I can think of who don't hold a grudge and have the ability to keep on loving.
Thank you Nikki and Richard for letting Gizmo tell his story.
To all of you reading the synopsis/reviews, go on read the book - you won't regret it. And if you are thinking about getting a dog/cat - why not visit your local shelter and adopt?
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I've been really lucky in being able to read this before publication, and also really lucky in knowing the hero of the story, Gizmo himself, so at first glance, I'm hardly an impartial reviewer! I'm also an avid reader, however, and I know a good book when I see it, and this is one really good book. It has all the elements of a good "tail", well written, with humour, puns and wordplay, as well as setbacks, breath-holding drama, and the need for at least one full box of tissues!

It's also a true story. Well, OK, there's a fair bit of poetic licence involved, but at root, it's the real-life story of a loveable little rogue of a fluffy rag-doll of a dog who looks, a little bit, like a poodle. As such, the title is very apt indeed: Gizmo was homeless, literally nobody's poodle, but with such a strength of character that he was "nobody's poodle"! Thanks to the huge kind hearts of the authors, he found a loving and secure home. He landed full square right on his paws.

This book deserves to do the same, and I'm sure it will. Nobody's poodle is now somebody's poodle, and thanks to this book, has become everybody's poodle. Fill your hearts. Buy it. You'll love it.
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