One winter's afternoon, Stephen Foster walks into a dog re-homing centre with the intention of picking up a retired greyhound. Instead, he acquires an abandoned lurcher pup. Foster's knowledge of dogs is so vague that he has to look up 'lurcher' in key reference work The Giant Book of the Dog, to find out what sort of animal is coming to join the family. His research counts for little: the new arrival does not conform to any known breed standard, or indeed any standard whatsoever that might be considered dog-normal. Walking Ollie is for anyone who has ever loved a dog - a touching, and often hysterically funny, account of one man's attempt to turn a decidedly difficult animal into something resembling a domestic pet.
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by Stephen Foster
by Stephen Frey
by Lori Foster
"Anyone who has adopted a dog from a rescue shelter will sympathize with Stephen Foster's frustrations in domesticating Ollie, a mixed breed saluki/greyhound referred to as a "lurcher." Despite Foster's heroic efforts, Ollie remains neurotic at best, possessed at worst. Nicholas Bell reflects the dry British humor of the text, understating in tone what Foster minimizes in words. Bell's vocal tone remains calm and even throughout, but his precise timing provides belly laughs in a way that shouting never could. We groan with Foster at the dog's many setbacks, and cheer each baby step forward. While this book may not propel you into the local shelter, it will at least inspire admiration for those brave enough to take on such a challenge. R.L.L. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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