A dog owner's stories

2008-10-02 08:05

Everyone who has ever owned and loved a dog will romp through this little gem with a smile on their faces.

The anti-hero in the story is a skinny Lurcher named Ollie (short for Oliver) as in Twist, because of his orphan origin. He was found abandoned in the woods on a freezing, wet day, barely eight weeks old and about to expire from starvation and hypothermia ... or at least that was the dog's home sales pitch which secured him five-star accommodation and a life of luxury with his new master ... and there hangs the tale!

The author is a first-time, uninitiated dog-owner who struggles to understand the mind of his new charge ... and that's when things really start going pear-shaped.

On his wanderings along the sidewalks of life with Ollie, a con-artist of note, he meets the universal doggie characters who form the solid base of all canine culture - from the typical hoity-toity dog breeder, to a greedy puppy farmer and the forgettable Attila, a dog psychologist who arrives with a clicker to sort out the irascible Greyhound mix.

We also meet Ollie's colourful buddies, of both the four- and two-legged variety, and we giggle at the mutt's total control of his dysfunctional master who is convinced his dog is a complete nutter, autistic, neurotic, ADS and accident prone. He is terrified of flies, aprons hanging on door hooks, curtains, his loving master, and is a complete Jekyll and Hyde because of his out-of-character “attempts to have intercourse with a killer-dog!”

One could say Walking Ollie is a crash course into the weird and wonderful world of dogs and their people.

A quick and easy read which will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Go ahead and have a ball - you will recognise some of the characters ... maybe even yourself?

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