Rescue Me : My Life with the Battersea Dogs, Paperback Book

Rescue Me : My Life with the Battersea Dogs Paperback

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Melissa Wareham always wanted to work with dogs. After failing her biology O-level, she realised she'd have to start at the bottom, cleaning out kennels at Battersea Dogs Home.

From frail old men looking for a four-legged companion to famous folk who've lost their favourite hound, it seemed that at some point everyone passes through Battersea's doors.

Amongst the clamour of thousands of lost pets crying 'Rescue Me!' and the noise of the railway lines above, Melissa found she had come home.

The first dog Melissa fell for was Tulip, a sweet, elderly and somewhat dotty mongrel who decided a solo bus ride into the West End might be fun.

Next up was Roscoe: found by the ambulance team with his dead owner, he is rehabilitated with a little help from his master's hat. And then - many, many dogs later - there is Gus. With his owner in jail, Melissa finally finds the dog she is to take home as her own.

Heart-warming and compulsively readable, "Rescue Me" is Melissa's memoir of her fifteen years at Britain's most-loved dogs' home.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780091930165

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Not a great writer by any means, but these are lovely, heart-warming stories about Battersea Dogs' Home, just as I remember it from my own time of volunteering there as a dog-walker. And as the author says, the dogs' stories often tell more about human than canine nature.