Hound Dog Days : One Dog and His Man - A Story of North Country Life and Canine Contentment, Paperback Book

Hound Dog Days : One Dog and His Man - A Story of North Country Life and Canine Contentment Paperback

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A decade and one dog after penning the bestselling Racing Pigs And Giant Marrows, and inspired by the purchase of his new hound, a petit basset-griffon Vendeen called Little Man, Harry Pearson returns to the world of stalking, ferreting and beating with this ramble through the countryside. Harry Pearson was born into a dog-loving family and grew up with a variety of spaniels, terriers, collies and mongrels.

He currently spends several hours every day running along behind a bassett-griffon pretending he really intended to go that way himself.

Within these pages will be found anecdotes culled from forty-five years of living with dogs, wise observations on canine and human behaviour, historical tales of famous dogs, learned speculations on nature and descriptions of life in the real English countryside - a place where there are otters in the river, glue-sniffers in the woods and fisticuffs over fishing rights.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780349120379

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Pearson has been in the writing game for some years now and while I've enjoyed all of his books (even those about soccer), there isn't the laugh out loud moments in "Hound Dog Days" that were in earlier Pearson tomes. "Hound Dog Days" is more a book to smile to but there are plenty of smiles to be found here.The main topic is Pearson's current pet dog, a petit basset griffon Vendeen named "Little Man" ("Manny" for short) but after his introduction the reader barely has time to question what on earth a "Petit basset griffon Vendeen" is (if I had to take a guess, it would have been a small lion with wings, or whatever a griffon is), before veering off into vignettes about other local dogs and their owners in the small Northumbrian village Pearson calls home, his previous dogs, his interactions with the local Women's Institute (thankfully clothed, he notes) and whatever else fills his mind. Like one of his walks with Manny, "Hound Dog Days" is a ramble through the back lanes, stopping, like Manny, to sniff out a past event, like his judging role in the local show's "Most Unusual Teaspoon" contest. As mentioned, "Hound Dog Days" isn't laugh out loud funny, but it's still a fun read and leaves one looking forward to his next book.

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