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Diary of a Dog-Walker – book review

Diary of a dog walker

Edward Stourton, a journalist in UK radio, television and print, writes about his thoughts when out walking his dog, Kudu, and shares stories of their adventures together.

The book was based on a series of articles that Stourton wrote in The Daily Telegraph newspaper – all based on his dog walks.  Already a celebrated journalist who had appeared regularly on The Today Show, Kudu came into his life when he was taking a step back from high profile assignments.

This book has some observations that are thoroughly enjoyable, particularly for the dog person. For example:

Kudu’s response to one of those growling broad-shouldered types that sometimes swagger up with evil intent on the common is to stand very still with a wagging tail.  Everything offers friendship, but there is something of substance about the way he holds himself.  He never barks – but very, very occasionally, and only if the back-end sniffing turns nasty, he can do a decent throat-gurgle.

The book is very English in its humor and so won’t appeal to everyone.  I liked it – but I didn’t love it.  I’m glad I read it, but it isn’t a ‘keeper’ in terms of my doggy book collection.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

The official account of PC Peach

PC Peach is a German Shepherd police dog at the center of a dispute between West Midlands police and the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK.

Peach’s fellow officers were annoyed when the Crown Prosecution Service requested a witness statement from PC Peach, clearly not realising that Peach was a dog.  So, to vent a little frustration at the Service, an officer filled out a witness statement for Peach:

Peach's witness statement

Peach’s witness statement

The joke ruffled feathers at the Crown Prosecution Service and a complaint was filed.  The officer who shared the statement via social media is now under investigation.

A little humour in the workplace is a good thing, in my opinion, and a healthy of way of blowing off steam in a stressful employment environment.   I hope that the investigators don’t get too ‘PC’ in following up on the official account of PC Peach.

Source:  The Daily Mail