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Ordinary Dogs Paperback – 5 Jul 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571277845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571277841
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is a wonderful book, cleanly and honestly written, funny, wise and valiant, and entirely free of sentimentality.' --John Banville, Guardian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ordinary Dogs, by Eileen Battersby, is a unique and very personal story about one woman's relationship with her much loved rescue dogs.

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This book tugs at my heart strings as Im a dog lover and I see so much of my 'guys' in her 'guys'. I carry it in my handbag and read snatches every now and then because I dont want to finish it (although I almost am). I feel like I will be letting go of good friends when I do finish. A beautiful read
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Review: Memoir: Ordinary Dogs by Eileen Battersby (By Rosita Sweetman in the Independent)

Given that she is, according to John Banville, "the finest fiction critic we have", one might have expected that Eileen Battersby's first full-length book would be a high-minded literary novel. Instead it's non-fiction. Not only that, it's the story of her two dogs -- which makes it the perfect Christmas present for any dog lover.

It begins over 20 years ago in a cottage on the outskirts of Dublin. Battersby is a young PhD student from America who has moved here and reads books, digs gardens and sands floors for a living; she is also a dedicated runner, is in a not very fulfilling relationship with a boyfriend (unnamed), and is in search of a dog.

First she finds Bilbo, a tiny pup in a horrible pound. Next Frodo, "a squat character who should really have been wearing a bowler hat", finds her and just moves in. And so, her 20-year long adventure with "the guys" -- that is the subject of this book -- begins.

The pace is hectic. Bilbo almost dies of distemper. A crazy lady with a pack of dogs stalks the village green accusing Battersby of "mollycoddling" him. An abused dog from up the road is found dead in a ditch. An old lab leads her to the back of a shop where she discovers a bitch and six pups who are about to be sent to the pound. Frodo arrives, and, politely, refuses to leave. It's all happening. How is she to cope?

Not that "the guys" -- Bilbo and Frodo -- are ever a problem. Love is given unconditionally, and returned tenfold. Complicated training routines are not seen as helpful. "Orders weren't needed, we just fell into step."

Battersby's acute observation illuminates her text. And the (extra)ordinary dogs.
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A beautiful account of Eileen Battersby's life with Bilbo & Frodo, who both chose her to be part of their lives. This is no ordinary autobiography; it is as much a doggy biography, as it shows how inter-dependent the 3 of them become. The sad parts had me crying - be warned!
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Having read this book one would wonder how Eileen managed to look after 2dogs for twenty years given that she is barely able to look after herself. As dog owner myself I wonder from reading her book did she simply confuse the difference between dogs and humans. There were times in this book when you just felt saying how can people do so many stupid things and have a complete lack of common sense which seems to come across so often. Her loyalty to her dogs took things to a seriously new level at times even worrying.
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Anyone who has ever lost their heart to a dog will enjoy and be able to relate to this book which has a lovely warm charm to it. It tells the story of her two dogs, Frodo and Bilbo, over a twenty year period (20 years!!). It is clear that the author loves her dogs unconditionally and she draws the reader in to their life and adventures in a warm embracing way. Anyone who has ever had a dog will be able to relate to the joy, heartache, worry and the complete two way love that it entails.
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This story takes you on a journey drawing you into the world of dogs . Animal lovers will identify with each and every one of the feelings and emotion described in this book
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