Simon & Schuster
The world of dog ownership in Britain has always attracted a good number of enthusiasts – some would say eccentrics – who are passionate about their pets. Whereas in previous decades owners had only dog obedience classes and dog shows to cater for their interests, there is now a huge industry offering a wealth of canine-centred activities, such as extreme grooming, dog dancing schools, luxury dog spas and bespoke designers offering a baffling choice of pet accessories. Our dog population is now bigger than ever, and Dog World is far more complicated than it seems from the outside. It is a world of extreme competition, slavish devotion and delicate protocol. What do you do when your hound gets inappropriately frisky with a fellow dog-walker’s pet? Who has right of way on the towpath between a jogger and a greyhound, and what kind of cake do you bake for a puppy shower? Popular columnist Michele Hanson conducts a hilarious and fascinating investigation into the British and their dogs across all walks of life – from the pampered pooches of suburbia to the bad-boy breeds of the urban zone – and meets owners across the spectrum of delightful, bizarre, aspirational, ghastly and just plain crazy. Absolutely Barking is not only a book for dog-lovers; it is also a uniquely witty insight into an aspect of British life that is more popular than it has ever been.
"There is something quite dog-like about this book: it is chaotic, enthusiastic, affectionate… If you’re a dog person, you will find this completely adorable." Jane Shilling, Daily Mail
"Michele Hanson’s passion for her subject is evident on every page, yet she doesn’t shy away from the darker side of the dog fraternity. The writing is as brisk as a walk on a cold morning and will keep you turning the pages. Mostly light-hearted, some sections are moving. A guaranteed winner for any dog lover, this book is highly recommended for anyone considering dog ownership, or indeed a relationship with a dog-lover." We Love This Book