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Dogs in Books

My family lived in one of those houses that was divided into two flats.  We lived in the upstairs and had the front garden.  My mother would wheel me out in my pram to get some fresh air and leave our Scottie Simba, at the bottom of the pram to ward off stranger danger.  It worked a treat, but my Mum was forever being told the dog was dangerous  and when she asked why, was told they couldn’t get near to touch the baby. Need I say more? Simba was a faithful and loving member of our family for 15 years.

I am not a lover of cats though.  Probably since the one my great grandparents had would always scratch me. To me they are self centred and fickle unlike dogs.

Most people have pets, treating them as members of the family, giving and receiving unconditional love.  A few I’ve known keep dogs for security, well cared for but not treated as family pets.

Dogs are wonderful companions, faithful and cheerful.  Did you know that at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, two golden retrievers helped deliver beers to customers, lifting spirits while helping out the brewery owners?

Apart from the well known classic story of White Fang by Jack London, Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight, and the Australian story of Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres there continue to be countless stories about man’s best friend.  

Richard Glover recently published his book “Love, Clancy”. It Is a collection of letters written by a young dog to his parents about the oddities of human behaviour. If you have had or known a family dog this is a book for anyone who has tried to imagine what their dog was thinking.

A very short read by Rosie Chapel is a true story based on her great grandparents.  Both gain a guardian in the form of a dog, that is identical in colour, size and breed.  More will be revealed when the trilogy is released.

“The dog who came to stay” by Hal Borland is about a scruffy rib-thin, black-and-white rabbit hound  that turned up at his farm one Christmas night in the middle of a nasty winter storm. Pat, as the dog came to be known, and his raffish travelling companion, a young pup, “were even more unwelcome than the weather,” but after a few preliminaries both settled in as members of the Borland household. The book continues with descriptions of the land and their hunting.

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