Walking Ollie : Or Winning the Love of a Difficult Dog, Paperback

Walking Ollie : Or Winning the Love of a Difficult Dog Paperback

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One winter's afternoon, Stephen Foster walked into a dog re-homing centre with the intention of picking up a retired greyhound.

Instead, he acquired an abandoned lurcher pup. Foster's knowledge of dogs was so vague that he had to look up 'lurcher' in key reference work "The Giant Book of the Dog", to find out what sort of animal was coming to join the family.

His research counted for little: the new arrival did not conform to any known breed standard, or indeed any standard whatsoever that might be considered dog-normal. "Walking Ollie" is a hilarious - and often heartrending - account of one man's attempt to turn a psychotic wild animal into something resembling a domestic pet.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Dogs as pets
  • ISBN: 9781904977889



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his book documents the first couple of years of Stephen Foster's adoption of Ollie, who was a lurcher pup he and his partner picked up from The Dogs Trust.What struck a chord with me, when reading, was that it was emphatically not all plain sailing for the Fosters - Ollie obviously had some real issues to deal with, and unfortunately Stephen Foster clearly seemed to remind the poor dog of some unpleasant incident with males early on in his life.Having said that the book struck a chord with me, and pausing to applaud Foster's openly self-mocking wit, there are times when I don't necessarily agree with the author's philosophy on life/dogs and such. But for the most part this is an amazingly honest book, and his recounting of the dark, dark days when Ollie was at his most troublesome certainly rang true to me.One point of note - the book is published by 'Short Books', and believe me, they're not kidding. It's less than 200 pages of medium type with generous margins - hey, sometimes less is, indeed, more, but for the asking price, it's kinda pushing it.Rather oddly for a 'man meets dog' book, this doesn't chart the full history of Ollie's life - when the book's postscript update closes, Ollie's still there, and obviously much more adjusted to life chez Foster than he was at the start.