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Friend for Life: The Extraordinary Partnership Between Humans and Dogs

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  10 reviews
There is one animal that is familiar to all of us, whoever we are, wherever we live. Even if we've never had direct contact with one, we will have seen one, or at the very least, heard one. For those of us who live in the western world it is more than likely that one sleeps in our house, possibly even on our bed. I'm talking of course, of the dog. Yet, this animal, which l ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Headline (first published 2016)
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Leila
I really enjoyed this book written by an attractive, enthusiastic, compassionate and extraordinary author. Animal lovers would almost certainly find this a worthwhile read.
Bionic Jean
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Bionic Jean by: Leila
Friend For Life: The Extraordinary Partnership Between Humans and Dogs is a very engaging book. Written by the popular TV presenter Kate Humble, it straddles autobiography and her investigation into the origins of dogs as we know them, establishing how they may have adapted their behaviour throughout history, living alongside humans. Kate Humble’s passion for Nature, wildlife and the countryside comes through in abundance when she is on screen. As she has said:

“There’s nothing like getting outs
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Caroline
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: animals
I'm a real fan of the author, Kate Humble, a TV presenter here in the UK - she's full of enthusiasm and humour, yet wonderfully down to earth, plus she's a great animal-lover.

The book is all about the history of people and dogs, and all the myriad ways in which dogs have been used by humans over the centuries. Most excitingly - how we use them today.

But......the writing just didn't come alive for me. I think part of the problem is that as a keen dog lover I was familiar with most of the careers
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Clare O'Beara
This is a lovely read, by a journalist who seems to have a fantastic job - travel around the world reporting on dogs. She goes to Asia to spend a month with herders in a remote high valley, for instance. But the running thread is Kate's lovely brown and white Welsh sheepdog, and whether the pair can get it together as sheep herders.

Living in Wales, Kate and her husband have a couple of dogs and she writes about them as well as delving into the mists of time for clues as to how our partnership b
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Kirsti
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always love a new animal memoir, so when I saw this for sale at my local bookstore I knew I had to read it. I really enjoyed it, although I will say some parts are long winded and invariably flew off subject. We get introduced to someone and then it flies off on another tangent and then back, and I got a bit lost at times. This was really the only fault I found, because on the whole it was engaging and fun to read.

Of course I recommend this to anyone else who enjoyed animal memoirs, but also d
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Tim Cole
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I like Kate Humble. I liked her when she presented Springwatch. I liked Lambing Live, The Spice Trail, Orbit and Into The Volcano among her many other programmes. I liked her book about her farm project Humble By Nature. I was even more taken with her when my wife, Ruth, and I stayed at the farm in 2015. I was impressed by the fact that when we went to the farm office to let them know our bathroom sink was blocked she walked over to our accommodation with me herself to check t
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Claire Edwards
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read, you won’t regret it! You don’t even have to have a dog to love this book.
It has been sitting on my “to read” pile for ages but I just never had the time to get to it, until now. Such an interesting, well-written book, I could not put it down!! From personal journey to worldwide research, this book is packed with so many heart-warming stories & fascinating insights into the human-dog relationship and just how deep that can go. We definitely cannot live without dogs! Reading
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Jim Dudley
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The underlying narrative is of Kate Humble and her sheep dog Teg which manages to tie all of the other stories together and keep the book flowing. The individual stories expound on the theme common to the book of how humankind has learned to use and often times rely-on dogs. A lovely read.
DAVID LIDDLE
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book covering many aspects of dogs training and working alongside people.Interlaced with training her own Welsh sheepdog Teg to work on her own sheep. Her love and admiration for dogs shining through on every page
Melita Sheppard
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Entertaining in parts but a bit monotonous in others. Would have been better as n article
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