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A Dog Called Perth: The True Story of a Beagle

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From the instant they spotted the forlorn puppy in the kennel, Cindy and Peter Martin knew she was the one for them. Refusing to remain a mere pet, Perth becomes an adored member of the household, and embodies the young couple's dreams. The Martins swear to always let Perth run free, and she becomes an indefatigable explorer with an infallible compass. From her adoption in ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published December 5th 2002 by Arcade Publishing (first published 2001)
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I will start by saying that I would not usually pick this type of book.

The story itself was quite good but it was more a family story than one that should be shared - I personally don't think that the dog did anything particularly outstanding, although she was clearly a clever dog.

Also, I think that the narrator was very pompus and arrogant. I believe that the way he wrote conversations was not how people really speak, it didn't flow. Additionally, he seemed to try to include as many poetic re
Dean E.
was a very good book, even if you don't like dogs I think you would enjoy it!!
Both my husband and I are huge beagle lovers, and are 'owned by' a gorgeous 6 yr old sweet and gentle beagle. This book was about a wonderful beagle, and a man who didn't deserve to own such an amazing dog. He didn't do her any favours in bringing her up as such a 'wild and free' dog - it meant she just wasn't very social with humans. And the number of times he put his own career and 'happiness' above that of the dog that he supposedly adored was appalling! If you love your dog, especially a bea ...more
A dog called Perth by Peter Martin is a heartwarmingly beautiful story about the magical relationship between man and his best friend, told through the eyes of a delightful Beagle. This book is one that many dog lovers will enjoy and easily relate to, being thus able to empathize with the main character; his thoughts and feelings on owning and looking after/ caring for a dog. This little book is one that both young and old will love equally and is something that is simplistic in its design and s ...more
Stephanie A.
One of the first pet memoirs I ever read - I'm not sure if it will stand up to a reread, but for now I'll keep my original rating. I remember being enraged by the idea that they would jetset abroad when their dog was so old they weren't sure she'd be alive when they were reunited (time to re-evalute your career priorities), but other than that, I really liked reading about Perth.
Wasn't my favorite dog book since it was more about their time apart than the time together. That being said, I read it on vacation when I was missing my fur babies terribly so it may have skewed my viewpoint.
Caz Ward
Well written book, would have been a really enjoyable read worth 5 stars had the author been a likeable character. Gorgeous sounding dog, selfish owner full of his own self-importance.
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What an exciting journey these people took. How they were so driven by they love of a dog and yet their careers ... breathless.

Peace ~ Out
Lauren Skop
Of course I had to have it when I saw it was about a beagle! It reminded me a lot of Marley and Me. I enjoyed reading it!
didn't like this book much. I've read other animal stories where the owners took better care of their pets.
Loved it..The beagle lives to the ripe old age of 21!
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Peter Martin (b. 1940) is a graduate of and current Professor of English at Principia College, and a former garden historian for Colonial Williamsburg.[1] He has written several books on historical and biographical topics, including: Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Edmond Malone, and gardens and gardening in Wil
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