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Dogged Optimism: Lessons in Joy from a Disaster-Prone Dog Kindle Edition
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Dogged Optimism is an accomplished, inspiring piece of writing that had me completely hooked from the first page to the unexpected and gratifying end. Gill Pavey, thebookreviewers.com
Dogged Optimism is a delightful read, as much about the ups and downs of owning a wilful dog as facing up to life, especially when it doesn't turn out as expected. Witty and warm, sometimes sad but never sentimental, it is a welcome addition to any bedside table. Marianne Wheelaghan, The Blue Suitcase and the Scottish Detective Lady Mysteries
Anyone who's ever adored a dog can relate to this evocative, humorous tale of a woman and her beloved Australian terror - er, terrier - and their zany time together. Tissues optional, pet lovers required. Molly Greene, The Gen Delacourt mysteries
Warm and genuine, this journey of a sassy Australian terrier and her spirited Aussie owner will charm you with its window into life Down Under and inspire you with its insights into overcoming personal challenges. Dawn Dicker, Writer & Content Strategist
A heart-warming tale of one woman's special bond with her four-legged friend. This book captures the eventful experiences a dog can bring into our life when we invite them into our home. A delightful read. Tanya Arnold, Pupcake Queen--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B018VVJ7KS
- Publisher : Small Blue Dog Publishing Pty Ltd (2 December 2015)
- Language: : English
- File size : 9468 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 438,903 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A personal story told with love, but without over-sentimentality. Thoroughly recommended.
My verdict: it was delightful - not just an affectionate memoir of her much-loved pet dog Killarney, but also an intimate and poignant account of how she grew herself during her dog's thankfully long life, in career terms, in resilience and in character. There's a nice balance between the many touching moments and self-deprecating or wry humour, so that it never becomes over-sentimental or mawkish, and while unsurprisingly focusing on the dog, she doesn't anthropomorphise. It's very well written, and several times I laughed aloud over a particularly choice turn of phrase, e.g. when choosing a new puppy for her father, she comments that she didn't know that particular breed "came in other formats".
I'm sure anyone who has ever owned a dog, especially for the whole of its life, would savour this book, and it would make a great present for any dog lover. Or indeed for any optimist, or anyone who could do with spotting more joy in their life.
Mind you, all the talk of poisonous snakes and toads, to which Killarney seems irresistibly drawn (to the benefit of the local vet and the detriment of the author's bank balance) has put me right off going to Australia any time soon!
(Plot spoiler alert: it was a good decision to end the book before Killarney dies, so that the tone remains upbeat and optimistic - and it's good news too that just when Killarney is entering old age, she acquires another dog, and so the premise for a sequel to this book, which I look forward to reading.)
Top reviews from other countries
The book is fun, easy to read, and heart-warming. And it does NOT end with the death of her beloved dog. It's also a highly amusing introduction to Australia, although I do not want to live in a place where a snake can become part of the pot you've planted something lovely in, causing your dog to go insane in the middle of the night.