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I'm reading A Dog Year by Jon Katz at the moment. Being a Lab owner I'm loving his descriptions of the peaceful harmony he and his two Labradors enjoyed. I'm also enjoying the vivid depiction of the havoc the arrival of troubled, wild Border Collie Devon brings. It's a very honest account, with Katz owning up to every mistake and loss of temper. You laugh with him, you despair with him, and in the part I'm reading at the moment, you cry with him. I'm looking forward to discovering the rest of Devon's story.

What's your favourite dog book? I've read and enjoyed many, but I think the one that I enjoyed most was Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote. This was a mix of Merle's life story, combined with lots of fascinating research, and an insight into the author's life. It also made me challenge many of the attitudes I held about dogs and dog ownership. Some of them I changed, some I didn't, but at least I now know what I think and why I think it.

Other books I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed include Graeme Sims' Give a Dog a Home, Stephen Foster's Walking Ollie, and Along Came Dylan, and A Dog Among Diplomats by J. F. Englert. That last link is actually to Randolph's blog - he's the main character of the book - but I think J.F. has a lot of influence over the content of the blog. I've been very lucky in that I've interviewed all the authors I've mentioned here, apart from Jon Katz, but I'm working on that as we speak! It's been wonderful to be able to read their books, see into their world a little, and then get to discuss it all with them.

If you have a favourite dog book let me know, and I'll do my best to arrange to interview them for DogCast Radio. Or if you're the author of a dog related book, fact or fictional, get in touch and tell the DogCast Radio audience about it.

Take care,

Julie x

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