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on 25 October 2008
Stephen's previous book, Walking Ollie, rekindled my long-lost love affair with reading. He has a style of writing that makes reading as comfortable and as pleasurable as laying in a relaxing warm bath. This style is as evident in Along Came Dylan as it was in Walking Ollie.

Whereas Walking Ollie was chiefly about how getting a particularly quirky dog affected the author, this title is more concerned with how getting a second dog, Dylan, affects his first dog, Ollie.

The antics aren't quite as funny as they were in Walking Ollie, but Stephen's acerbic look at people, particularly fellow dog-owning people, remains as funny as it ever has been.

Aside from the new dog, Dylan, we are also introduced to a few friends and acquaintances of the author, including the pugilistic and comical Philip who appears to insist on ending each sentence with the word 'boy', and Old Stokie who, aside from other things, harbours a particular dislike towards streaky bacon wrapped around prunes with a cocktail stick. Then, of course, there is the chance to read how Ollie has matured since the last title. Readers of the past title will take comfort, I'm sure, in knowing that he is as quirky now as he was when we were first introduced.

Despite the somewhat amusing dynamics between Ollie and Dylan, I personally found the relationship between Stephen and Philip more entertaining, curious, and intriguing than the relationship between the two dogs. I would love to see a book based on the Philip character in the future.

Overall, it's a warm and enjoyable read, but it doesn't quite have the same ingredients that made the Walking Ollie title sparkle so brightly. However, the introduction of the friends, particularly Philip, makes it an equally enjoyable read, but for different reasons. Now I am left waiting for the title "Walking Along With Philip".

If you enjoyed Walking Ollie, there is no doubt that you will enjoy Along Came Dylan too.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 9 April 2010
Stephen Foster wrote a credible sequel to Walking Ollie: Winning the Love of a Difficult Dog here. As already alluded to in the first book, an addition to the canine part of the Foster household was likely and here it comes, in the form of a Saluki pup - Dylan.

As opposed to Ollie the lurcher (saluki being part of the mix), who was a rescue and hence 'problematic', Dylan is a relatively happy and trusting dog from the start but causing no less trouble overall. In some way it is a story dog owners would find only too familiar and in some way it is a relaxing read because the troubles, while completely reminding you of yor own, you do not need to worry about. It also somehow makes you feel better about all the troubles and mistakes you did in raising / keeping your dog.

Fosters writing flows well, is unpretentious and while a bit disjointed at times, functions more like listening to a conversation than reading a novel.

Now if you are not a dog lover, or if you are a very serious dog owner, or if you are in any way shrill, you are likely to find the book a disaster - someone willingly admitting to the height of public irresponsibility and not even feeling sorry for it. A lot of the issues described could be ameliorated with a slightly different upbringing and more discipline but then again such a book would have read like the telephone directory. Also, recommending this to a non-dog lover will only make them think all dog owners are even more deranged than they thought before - I guess it really is experiencing is believing with dogs - and while Foster does a credible impression, it will not be enough to turn a sceptic.

The final comment is that Foster paints a very scenic, appealing and pictoresque view of Norfolk and small town England more generally - one would almost get the urge to move there based on the account he portrays.
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on 13 April 2011
After reading the first book walking ollie I thought this would be more of the same but it was not It was yes a sort of follow on but was very interesting how the two dogs got on..and how mischief and mayhem develop.As I have a rescue saluki I can understand how these dogs can go deaf any time they like..It was a fun read and enjoyable although a short book it kept you wanting to read on to see what happened next
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on 15 March 2010
it was an ok story for anyone who has a saluki could relate to part of this story
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on 29 January 2014
Not as good as the writers other book (walking Ollie) but an enjoyable read. It's good to know I'm not the only one with an eccentric dog!
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