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A Dog Called Perth: The Voyage of a Beagle

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  50 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The moving true story of Perth the beagle.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Orion Publishing Group (first published 2001)
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Skye
Apr 09, 2015 Skye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A Dog Called Perth: The True Story of a Beagle, by Peter Martin (Arcade, 2001, 206 pages, $21.95)

An Understated Story with an Understated Title

The year was 1965. You just know something tragic is going to happen but the suspense lies in the how plus exactly what it will be. Will it be in New York, Vermont, England? You sense the tragedy and almost put the book down but you have nothing better to do and it is a small book and you wonder why a book nearly 15 years old is still in the bookstore and
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Victoria
Mar 31, 2009 Victoria rated it it was ok
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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
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Caz Ward
Dec 07, 2012 Caz Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
mocha
Oct 23, 2014 mocha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
didn't like this book much. I've read other animal stories where the owners took better care of their pets.
Dean E.
was a very good book, even if you don't like dogs I think you would enjoy it!!
Sandra
Aug 12, 2012 Sandra rated it it was ok
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
Lucinda
Apr 11, 2012 Lucinda rated it really liked it
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
Judy
Jan 28, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite dog stories. We used to have a beagle named "Hokie" back in the 60's and 70's. He was named after the Va.Tech Hokies and we still miss him.
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.
Kristy
Nov 16, 2014 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Teresa
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
Teresa
Lauren Skop
Feb 18, 2008 Lauren Skop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mary
Jan 01, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, finish, beagles
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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