'Wonderfully comforting' Guardian
On the eve of the millennium, the life of therapist and best-selling self-help author Andrew Marshall was in a dark place. Despite trying three different therapists, counselling had not shifted the grief from the death of his much-loved partner, his career as journalist had reached a dead end and he was struggling with low-level depression. So Andrew sought an alternative solution in the form of Flash the puppy.
In this funny and moving memoir, he chronicles not only the ups and downs of training an excitable puppy, but how Flash helped Andrew to laugh again and finally heal old wounds.
Published 12th July 2018
Publisher Red Door Publishing
About the Author
Andrew Marshall has written seventeen self-help books – as Andrew G. Marshall – including the international best-seller I love you but I’m not in love with you. His work has been translated into twenty different languages and he still writes for the Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. This is the first time he’s written about himself.
As a pet owner myself, I know of the huge impact that even the smallest animal can have on your life. And in this book the author shows only too well of how they can heal a broken heart. After the devastating death of his partner, Andrew was feeling very lost and lonely and wasn't coping well coming home to an empty home. As a child he'd always dreamed of owing a dog, but his parents never felt it was the 'right time' and after spending some time dog sitting for a friend he decided to take the plunge and get a puppy - meet Flash! He then writes a diary of his life as a pet owner!
I loved the honesty of his writing and also he writes with such affection that you feel you are going through the early days of puppy training with him! It is clear that he adores Flash and cherishes all their time together, but he also isn't afraid of sharing the moments when it doesn't all go to plan - house training is a particular issue that takes a while to get right!
It also looks back on his time with his partner and how he's dealing with the grief he still feels. Having also read My Mourning Year, which chronicles his life with Thom, dealing with his illness and death and how he deals - or doesn't! - with the grieving process - this follow up gives a great insight into his life and how he's moving on.
This was such an easy book to read and so easy to relate to. It explores that bond between owners and their pets, how it opens up new avenues and opportunities for meeting new people and even helps bring people back into your life. He learns so much from his life as a dog owner and I think as a pet owner in general you tend to see things from a different perspective.
I had tears in my eyes by the end as it sensitively deals with the time that every pet owner dreads of doing what is right for the pet, even if you aren't ready yourself and I found reading this book to be a very positive and rewarding experience!
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