Just follow our lead: every man and their dog — especially their dog — should read this book...
“Male dogs are not known for taking a responsible approach to parenthood.”
“Growling can mean enjoyment, especially if it involves playing tug-of-war with the cat next door or a human limb.”
“How many people would still be languishing at the bottom of mine shafts if it wasn’t for Lassie?”
At the age of 14, Simon Whaley wrote to the playwright and author Alan Bleasdale to ask his advice about becoming a writer. “Don’t'” replied Bleasdale. “Become a brain surgeon instead. It’s easier.”
Fortified by these encouraging words, Simon went to work for Barclays Bank for eight years, followed by a stint in local government. None of these career paths led to an obvious future as a writer, or even as the bestselling author of a number of books on dogs, but he got there eventually. His literary pedigree includes One Hundred Muddy Paws For Thought, and One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human.
He has learned everything he knows about dogs from Bella, the family dog, over a period of nearly 17 years. She also taught him everything else he knows.
Find out how long the relationship between man and dog has subsisted, and why the dog is the only animal to take instructions from another species as if it were its own. Or is it the other way around?