Henry Ford, the cutest Border terrier puppy, lives with his papa Alan and mama Jenny. Alan loves his job, playing golf and above all, Henry. Jenny loves designer clothes, handbags and shoes. She doesn’t love Henry. When Jenny insists on a week of high life on Majorca, Henry’s world takes a nosedive.
An attempted dognap and a traumatic stay in the veterinary clinic leave Henry a sad and confused puppy. Desperately lonely he sets off on an adventure with his friend Bully, a streetwise Essex bulldog, where he meets the beautiful Paula and for the first time experiences the heartbreak of puppy love.
Back at home, his mama and papa’s marriage is on the rocks – will Alan agree to Jenny’s ultimatum? Will he choose Jenny or Henry?
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David Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar school then the University of Hull where he took a B.Sc in chemistry. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying for a PhD in organic chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has produced Sacrificing Starlight, a timely reminder of the risks our children face and Henry’s Tale, where ghostwriting for his furry friend he describes the emotional growth of a puppy on the rollercoaster of life, compressed into a few weeks because puppies learn faster than their staff.
When he’s not writing David spends his time travelling, reading, swimming and jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry.
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I’m a sucker for a doggy tale, and just seeing Henry on that cover made me want to read his story.
Henry is such a sweetheart, and so wants to please everyone, which makes him quite easily led; bless him!
This is an interesting twist on the theme of talking animals, since the dogs can actually converse with some humans too – though, only to those who are deemed worthy of such a privilege. (Although this idea is somewhat contradictory when it comes to Henry’s Mama, who we are told time and time again, is not a “nice” person and doesn’t really like dogs!)
The dogs in this story certainly seem to have a grasp on society, particularly Bully who is worldly-wise and a big influence on young Henry. That said, Bully’s dialect is pretty difficult to follow – I found myself having to read his comments out loud just to follow his line of thought, and this grew pretty tiresome.
Despite everything, I love Henry. His innocence, exuberance and vulnerability make him an endearing character. very much deserving of his own story, although I kind of wished he’d stayed put and waited till his “parents” came home. After all, why turn down steak and chanterelles? That Bully has a lot to answer for 😉 Then again, it surely was an adventure for the young pup and I wouldn’t want to deny him that.
Fun and entertaining with a hefty dose of cuteness!
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