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Thoroughly enjoyable read
on 16 July 2011
This is the first Stephen Foster book I have read, and I bought it based on various good reviews, but it was better than I had expected. A very open and honest account of the author's experience with a rescue dog, that many dog owners will relate to. It would also serve as an education to those considering dog ownership for the first time, particularly rescue dogs, without being discouraging.
Although my involvement with dogs was mostly with a family owned Lab/cross, when I was a teenager to early 20's, I could relate to so much of the account. The Lurcher/Saluki cross described appears to have a particular tendency to wayward behaviour, which combined with his pre-rescue experiences made him a very strange dog to learn to manage.
The author's views on other dog owners and show dog breeders; various potential hazards, such as cyclists and joggers; as well as life in general, were a very amusing background to the developing relationship with his rescue dog. His personal views are not going to be shared by everyone, but I found his willingness to admit mistakes equally common as humourous thoughts on people or things he disliked in life.
Altogether, I found Stephen Foster to be a very straightforward and down to earth writer, sharing aspects of his everyday life, whilst educating and entertaining in equal measure. I've just ordered, Along Came Dylan, the follow up, recounting the arrival of the second dog, which I am really looking forward to reading.