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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Henry’s Tale

Henry’s Tale

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?

Purchase LinkGetBook.at/Henry

Author Bio


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.

Social Media Links 

Twitter @dfpwriter

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My Review

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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Blog tour ‘n’ Book Review – Dog Care at Home

Dog Care at Home – A Pawlife Guide

by Gina Harding

The PawLife Guide: Dog Care at Home

DOG CARE AT HOME gives you the information you need to have a happy and healthy dog no matter what your dog’s current stage in life, in just 10 minutes a day. Over 200 hours of research including interviews with veterinarians and fellow dog owners around the world, 

Dog Care at Home is the all-in-one book to have at home, with six veterinarians that have contributed to this ultimate guide, rest assured you are in reliable hands.

Inside you will discover:

– Choosing the right breed
– The basic steps of raising a puppy
– What vaccinations are for and why your dog needs them
– Travelling with your dog
– How to perform CPR on your dog
– Health and hygiene including dental care
– Choosing the right veterinarian
– When it’s time to say goodbye
– And much more!

PawLife’s Dog Care at Home is the answer for all your dog parenting needs in one comprehensive guide that ensures your dog lives a long, healthy and happy life.

Purchase from Amazon UK 

My review:

As soon as I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. Having two dogs at home meant I was already well past the ‘puppy’ stage of the book (mine are veterans now of 14 and 12) but could see how it was so very relevant for anyone thinking of getting a puppy, or just at the point of having a new puppy in the home.

Having a dog in your life is a privilege, not a right – and with it comes responsibility and a financial cost – both factors that come through strongly in the book, and which have to be addressed regarding any decision to bring a dog into your life.

On top of that, however, the huge upside of having a dog is also evident, as a result of the great fun, and unconditional love that a dog brings to your life.

The PawLife Guide: Dog Care at Home by Gina Harding is a short guide, aimed at the Australian market, so some parts were less relevant to me. Nonetheless, it’s a well-planned and comprehensive guide that I will keep handy as a life-long dog-mom.

It spans the whole life-cycle, from getting a puppy to saying goodbye and presents some really useful advice and tips; for me, the tips on CPR alone made the book a worthwhile read.

About the author:

Gina is an enthusiastic dog lover, so much so that she founded her own dog blog business called PawLife, which has been awarded top 10 Australian Dog Blog. This wouldn’t be possible without her best friend Harley, who is a toy poodle mix. They are continually going on new adventures, testing out new squeaky toys.

Gina recently discovered her writing passion and wanted to create the ultimate guidebook that would support, educate and inspire pet parents and yet to be pet parents around the world. Gina and Harley are originally from Australia, where the weather is always beautiful. This is Gina’s first book and looks forward to writing many more to help fellow pet-parents; with her fur-baby Harley by her side.

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There’s a giveaway too …

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Reading for Fun – Cruel Candy

Cruel Candy

The Cozy Corgi Mysteries #1

by Mildred Abbott

I’m taking a break from doing blog tours and book reviews, and am indulging in a few cosy mysteries to lighten the load. and, this one has a corgi in it. It’s a win-win before I even start to read it. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a whole series of these to come too.

#excitedmuch #corgiaddict #cosymysteryheaven

Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore… and murder.

Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small town life, tourists, and living close to her loveable mother, Phyllis, and hippy stepfather, Barry.

When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders… not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen. The local police have an easy suspect—Barry.

Determined to prove quirky Barry innocent of murder, Fred puts on her detective hat, and with Watson by her side, she explores her new town and gets acquainted with her fellow shopkeepers. Could one of her friendly neighbors be the real culprit? And what would be the motive for killing the owner of the Sinful Bites candy store? The secrets Fred discover put her at odds with the local police sergeant and threaten her cozy future in Estes.

With snow falling outside, all Fred wants to do is curl up by the fire with a good book and Watson snuggled at her feet. But before she can begin her new life and put her plans for her bookshop into action, Fred and Watson have a mystery to solve…

My Review:

Not that I’m obsessed by everything corgi-related, but … (Okay, so I might be!) Anyway, this was a gem of a story. Great characters with real individuality (not just Watson, who is wonderful), and a super mystery within (plus a recipe that sounds easy enough even for me). A modern-day cosy mystery with lots of humour, fun family hijinks and a corgi with personality and a penchant for treats.
I totally felt a part of Estes Park, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series. How will Fred’s bookstore fare? Who will take over the bakery? And who will be the victor in the romance stakes – Branson or Leo? Book 2 is already on my TBR, awaiting a rainy day of indulgence.

Thanks for reading 😉

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Happy Barkday, Rusty

No books are allowed in this post, because it’s dedicated to my most loyal buddy, Rusty, who turns 14 today.

To celebrate, we’re off to the beach to sniff every post and blade of grass, and to roll in the seaweed.

It’ll all end with a nap in the sunshine before teatime.

It’s a dog’s life 😉


(Had to phrase it that way, since little bro is watching 😉 and well, dogs really do get jealous, you know!)