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Most of us, when we get a dog are hoping for something – companionship, support, an exercise partner, an agility or flyball dog – whatever our dreams, we envisage how life will be. This can be especially true if we’ve already enjoyed life with a dog already and are hoping to find the same joy again, but, sometimes things don’t pan out that way, though it can still be life enhancing, as Meredith May teaches us in her book Loving Edie.
When Meredith and her wife Jenn adopt Edie, a sweet golden retriever puppy, they find themselves becoming late-bloomer parents, doting over her as if she were flesh and blood. But it isn’t long after Edie joins the family that the problems begin.
Although Edie is not their first dog, she’s the first puppy they’ve raised together and she’s an unusually anxious dog. Soon, Edie’s fears become so intense that Meredith and Jenn can’t leave the house. Is this normal puppy behavior or something more? Meredith grows determined to fix Edie, trying everything from CBD gummies to visiting a dog medium; stopping at nothing to try and save her dog. But what if Edie can’t be fixed? And, what if Edie isn’t the one who needs saving? With each obstacle Meredith faces and overcomes with Edie, another layer of self-doubt is shed as she realizes she’s not her parents and is capable of the selflessness and unconditional love Edie needs.
- Meredith May
There are so many different dog breeds, each with their own appearance, personality and history, which means there's a dog out there to suit each of us. However, finding the breed that will be your best match can be a challenge - in 101 Dogs, Nicola Jane Swinney gives a humorous, warm insight into a variety of breeds.
From dinky dachshunds to massive mastiffs, shaggy sheepdogs and slinky salukis, this beautifully illustrated guide to over one hundred dog breeds is perfect for those looking to purchase a pooch or just doting dog lovers who want more information. Expertly written by ex-Horse and Hound editor Nicola Swinney, and with stunning illustrations by The New Yorker artist Romy Blümel.
Plus you can win your self a copy of 101 Dogs by answering this question:
In this interview, which dog breed does Nicola say is her favourite?
- Nicola Jane Swinney