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So you don’t believe in dog gods, huh? You should. They sneak up on you when you least expect it. That’s what happened to New Zealander Katy Pallis. She had big plans for her future. But the dog gods had big plans for her future too. Quite different from hers. They won. They always do.

Welcome, Katy. Their faces beamed down to her. Your new career awaits you – dog trainer, dog groomer and dog walker. And just in case she tried to make a run for it they put drop-dead-gorgeous, golden retriever Ben in her way.

You two have fun now. The dog gods smiled playfully…

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4.8 Stars - Based on 5 User Reviews
I loved everything about this book!Jaclyn Rosamund

For laugh out loud hilarity, and brilliant one-liners, this book shares anecdotes and lessons on dogs and their humans. The author has an excellent turn of phrase, with droll humour and a whip-smart dry wit, she weaves magic on the art of training humans to care for their canine companions. Entertaining, funny, occasional tears, and worth every moment for a look into a world of dogs as told by an experienced dog-trainer. Is this fiction and non-fiction blended? My guess is yes! In the vein of W Bruce Cameron’s heartwarming dog adventures and James Herriott’s Yorkshire vet stories, I loved this book. Highly recommended. Five stars for sure.


I love books like this. The author really felt she was sitting beside me telling me all about her life with dogs. Every chapter grabbed my attention!

I would highly recommend this book to people thinking of getting a dog or those who are about to embark on the training of their dog. Maybe even those with problem dogs. Marianne Castle passes on her knowledge of dogs in a way that is so easy to understand and also throws out some misconceptions about dogs why don't do certain things and how to correct problems.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book but when the inevitable happened at the end of the book I couldn't help but shed a tear. Thank you for such a great read.


Highly recommended This was a very enjoyable book to read. All the stories flow together nicely. There were some laugh-out-loud moments and I also needed my hanky a couple of times. Marianne was a dog walker, dog and dog trainer and these were about other dogs and people she meets along the way.


Amazing, not only is it a good read, but you learn from someone with so much knowledge about how to look after your dog with lots of fun and laughter.


An enjoyable read about being an animal lover and owner in Oz and NZ. While it included some good tips on dog training, I found that you don't have to be a dog owner to appreciate the charm of this book. I particularly enjoyed the concept of"dog gods”. Good afternoon read with a glass of wine.

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