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Old Dog by [Bardsley, Barney]
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Barney Bardsley writes with humour, sincerity and deep understanding of people, and now dogs, as well -- Sheila Hancock

If, like me, you have loved and been loved by a dog, you will love this book --Ben Fogle

About the Author

Barney Bardsley is an author and freelance journalist who lives in Leeds with her daughter Molly. She writes features for the Guardian, Psychologies Magazine, Woman's Weekly, Yorkshire Post and Femail. When not writing she gardens, sings with an unruly choir called Good in Parts, and is trying - against all the odds - to learn Hungarian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471101282
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (18 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J3ZPH8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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They say you should never judge a book by its cover and this is true for `Old Dog'. Although its central character and raison d'etre is Muffin, a mongrel Barney and her family lovingly rehomed from the RSPCA rescue centre, it's about so much more than that. It deals with the perennial questions of life, death, love and unstinting loyalty in the face of developing tragedy. As Muffin accompanies the family throughout her beloved master's terminal illness, the author has been deeply helped and inspired by her nature and compassionate steadfastness. She was there at her master's side along the difficult road of gruelling treatment. She helped Barney and her daughter through their subsequent grief by simply being herself and loving life and the universe, having a blast, showing that she cared and was protecting them. Some lyrics kept springing to mind from a certain song when I thought of Muffin. `I'll protect you from the Hooded Claw, keep the Vampires from your door, when the chips are down, I'll be around with my undying, death defying, love for you........' Muffin is ordinary but has an extraordinary effect upon those in her immediate circle. The book which is written in an easy style shows that dogs-especially Muffin are very sensitive creatures who are intuitive, sniff danger and pick up sorrow. They will do all they can to assuage it, giving comfort even just by being omnipresent. There are also wider examples of how famous dogs in history have shown such devotion and unselfish valour. It is a touching, thought-provoking book which you may need a tissue for at times, but it is in my view ultimately an optimistic read which answers far more questions than it poses, stays with you and is so much more than just a book about a dog. She is now immortalised in print and running on in the Gipton bluebell wood in the sky with coquettish red bandana about her neck and watching over her family as ever. Muffin -`second star to the right'.
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I loved this book! It was beautifully written and hard to put down. It is autobiographical and describes how the authors dog, Muffin, helps Barney's husband through the difficult 10 years of cancer treatment and then how she helps Barney and her daughter pick up the pieces after his death. It is heart-wrenching in places but never maudlin. Anyone who owns a dog will appreciate the story of Muffin's life, and anyone who has lost a loved one will finish the book feeling positive.
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This is the true story of a rescue dog, a dog that had suffered neglect - a very bad start to her life. It was when the author, her husband Tim and daughter Molly went to the RSPCA in December 1999, that this little mongrel dog's life changed for the better.

Out of the 3 dogs that were introduced to them at the Animal Shelter, it was the little "Sonia" a predominantly black Spaniel x Collie that seemed the most suitable. Suitable for who? It was "Sonia" that chose this family by running straight up to Tim to make friends. They were told that this little dog perpetually cried whilst in the kennel and she could not bear to be shut in. The family went home to think about the dogs they had seen but there was something about "Sonia". Whilst Tim and Molly had fallen for the little dog, Barney had not been impressed and wondered what was it she was missing? What was it that her husband and daughter saw in "Sonia". So unbeknown to Tim and Molly, Barney arranged to go back to see "Sonia" and to take her for a walk to try and get to know her. After this visit and the subsequent adoption of "Sonia" the rest, as they say, is history.

Once home "Sonia"'s name was changed to "Muffin" - a new life and a new identity. A life that was to be full of learning on both sides. For "Muffin" it was to learn that not all humans are bad and that she was now loved and cherished. For Tim, Barney & Molly it was to learn that dogs do not come pre-programmed, that they have to be taught and often rescue dogs who have suffered trauma, are that bit harder to train and the dog takes that bit longer to settle and to trust. (Ah, if only they could talk huh!)

The author takes us through the ups and downs of dog ownership.
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Barney Bardsley's book is part memoir, part meditation on the extraordinary relationship between dogs and humans. This book is a must for anyone who loves dogs and appreciates elegant prose and deep feelings. After experiencing a series of shattering losses, Barney explores how her dog, Muffin comforts and supports the small family who save her. She includes some extraordinary doggy tales of devotion which entranced my 11 year old son (as well as me) and examines how it is that dogs and humans have developed such a particular bond. Those of us who have dogs tend to invest them with all sorts of characteristics and qualities, this book explains how and why this can be healing and mutually rewarding. read it and weep...but in a good way!
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The book is insightful, joyful, life-affirming, honest and warm.
The author writes beautifully. Flowing prose, unforced and lovely metaphor, lyricism without sentimentality; a quality of writing that makes you smile and sigh with satisfaction.
And the dog? Well, Muffin is a true "rescue" dog. Having been rescued, she proceeds to rescue and rescue again those who gave her a home.
Everyone who has shared their life with a loved animal knows the joy and support that the relationship brings. Those who take in "rescue" animals marvel that these often neglected and abused creatures so readily bring such trust and love. The fact that these things are known to us does not detract in any way from the power and enjoyment of this book. After reading it you may want to hug your loved ones - human, canine, feline, whatever - just a little bit tighter.
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