Publisher: Matchstick Literary
Pub. Date: Dec. 13, 2012
This certainly isn’t the first nor will it be the last novel written from a dog’s point of view. However, it may be the first one that takes on the sport of competition in Dog Agility. The initial and most interesting of the dogs that we meet runs away from his abusive owner. He becomes a street dog and is not particularly trusting. Eventually, he is won over and taken in by a kind woman. The other three are well-loved dogs each with their own unique personality. All four dogs and their families become friends. We follow them on their journey to become show dogs and beyond. The dogs speak to each other as if they were human. At one point in the story, the author ups the fantasy when the humans and the dogs can actually talk and understand each other. Unfortunately, it comes late in the novel and is written clumsily with none of the finesse of “The Story of Doctor Doolittle.” I did not care for this novel. At it’s best, the writing is sophomoric. I wonder with a good editor, cutting out most of the endless and tedious competition scenes, plus changing the genre, then possibly “Four Dogs” has the makings of a good children book.
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