Sunday, July 12, 2009

We loved Dogged Pursuit!

Our Twitter bud, Dusty, was super kind enough to send us his new book, Dogged Pursuit: My Year of Competing Dusty, the World's Least Likely Agility Dog.

What fun we have had with our evening parties this past week, as Mum has been reading us this super great book. It surely gets 5 Paws Up from both me, Mum and Gracie.

It's witty, fun, intelligent and a great story about being involved in this wacky sport we love - agility.

Like Mum, Robert learns early on that his sheltie needs a job. And just like Mum, someone recommends agility. So sure, just like Mum, Robert decides to give it a go, sounds like a fun time, right? But sadly Carmen, is diagnosed with hip dysplasia early on, and her agility career is over.

But wait! Rob is hooked and what do people that are hooked on agility do? Yep, you guessed it, they get another dog. So Rob heads off to the Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue in search of the next great World champion agility dog. But things don't go as planned and Rob, and his new teammate Dusty, have a lot to work through.

We had a hard time putting this book down and have to say that we may have finished it in record time. Mum was smiling and laughing her way as she read us the book. Occasionally Gracie and I would bark out in agreement with some of the things she was reading us, like....when Rob equates the embarrassment of knocking a bar to a little like 'farting in church', BOL!!! When he describes the measuring judge as 'having the bedside manner of George S. Patton'. And when they had finished out a run 'with more refusals than a Catholic girls' school on prom night'.

For folks like me and Mum being fairly new to agility, it sure brought back a lot of memories of our early, and even current days, in the sport - fitting in with the 'crowd,' getting used to traveling to remote locations, learning the rules, dealing with the competitive spirit, and the ups and, literal downs, in the ring.

If you like agility, you'll love this book. It's a great Summer read and we highly recommended it to anyone who enjoys agility or just loves dogs. Just one thing...we were aching for more!

You can get the book at Clean Run and Dogwise for $24.95 (and remember, Clean Run has discounts for multiple book purchases); or you can head on over to Amazon for the Kindle version at $9.99 or the hardback at $16.47 with a 34% discount. (Prices are listed as of this date)

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