Diary of a Dog-walker
Time spent following a lead
Based on the popular series of articles from the Telegraph, Edward Stourton muses on the meaning of life and all things canine as he walks his dog Kudu.
Anyone who ever walks a dog will know that if you are accompanied by a dog you can talk to anyone, and anyone can talk to you - about anything. What is more, while we may know that a dog is just a dog, we continue to allow ourselves to speak and think of our dogs as friends, individuals with a full claim on our affections.
As Edward Stourton takes Kudu for his walk he finds himself considering the whole gamut of things canine: Just how well does he know Kudu - and can our dogs know us as well? Do dogs perceive ownership as we do? How devoted is a dog? Are dogs ever really guilty?
And why are they a symbol of depression when so much of the time our dogs cheer us up?
Along the way he finds himself exploring much bigger subjects - war, bravery; office politics, current affairs, all given sudden levity and a new sanity when viewed through the prism of walking the dog.
'Utter magic…. This is a gorgeous book for everybody – not just for dog lovers. I love it.' - Jilly Cooper