No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.
What did I think?
This was a really quick read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Doggo is certainly the star of the show from beginning to end. He's such a quirkly little character, despite being the ugliest dog in the world but don't let him hear you say that! Doggo certainly knows his own mind and doesn't do anything he doesn't want to do.
Dan was a bit of an odd character - I didn't really warm to him at first and I probably defrosted around the same time as Doggo - I think Dan was hurt and confused after coming out of a relationship and it takes a little while to let people (or dogs) back into your heart. I thought it was brilliant when Dan defended Doggo's honour during Turdgate and it was positively tear jerking when Doggo visits his former owner.
The book also touches on Alzheimer's with Dan's Grandad. It's so hard to see your loved ones fade away infront of your eyes and deal with the frustration of being unrecognised. I loved how Doggo interacted with Grandad and how he helped Dan cope when Grandad slipped up and unearthed a family secret.
As Bryan Adams once sang, "it's not how you look, it's what you feel inside" so put a little love in your heart and read this! I'll be reading it again.
I received this book from the publisher, Headline, via Bookbridgr in exchange for an honest review.
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