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  • Dog Days

  • A Year with Olive & Mabel
  • By: Andrew Cotter
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cotter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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Summary

Are you sitting nicely? Good. Let's discover exactly what happened after two superstar Labradors chewed up the lockdown internet and found it really quite tasty.

He's not kept a diary for decades, but here, in Dog Days, Andrew Cotter draws inspiration from the great Samuel Pepys; like him, he bears witness to the extraordinary everyday as the world tilts on its axis in our own unsettling era.

And so, with Olive and Mabel at his side - actually, dawdling in the long grass or sleeping upside down - Andrew takes a clear-eyed, often hilarious walk through a year that encompasses all of life from the crushingly mundane to the decidedly odd.

Followed by whispers of 'Is that really Olive and Mabel?' - not to mention the occasional Hollywood approach - the three of them pad around literary festivals, breakfast TV, live radio and even an appearance on Good Morning America. Slightly bemused by their fame, Andrew not only pitches up in the iconic Mastermind chair, but makes a return to sports broadcasting to find that it has become rather strange as well.

But, always, his pair of utterly endearing, endlessly optimistic and eternally hungry canine companions show just how precious our time is. Especially our time spent in the devoted company of dogs. For fans new and old, this witty, insightful account of a year like no other is an unmissable treat.

©2021 Andrew Cotter (P)2021 Black & White Publishing

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More of the same enjoyment.

Provides even more insight to life with dogs and the critical support role they can play, especially in difficult times.

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Loved it!

Loved every minute of this book! Funny, heartwarming and true at every word. If you love and appreciate dogs, you'll love this book.

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Funny & moving

Andrew Cotter captures the feeling of the weirdest year. Anyone who has owned a dog will relate to the abundance of fun. love & affection they give & the fear/dread of losing these wonderful companions. The epilogue made me cry, I miss my mad spaniel who left us in 2021, but memories live on & life would have been a lot less fun without her

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A thoroughly enjoyable listen

Wonderful book with excellent narration by its author. I loved hearing about 2 fabulous dogs and found it most entertaining and relaxing.

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brillant

great read, good flow. will probably listen to it again. lovely to hear how much AC loves his dogs.

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Absolutely fantastic

I’ve laughed and I’ve cried in equal measure. Thank you for sharing Olive and Mabel and for understanding the love of dogs!

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Joyful & thoughtful

I’m sat here in tears having just finished Dog Days and yet my soul feels uplifted having spent many wonderful hours in the company of Olive, Mabel & Andrew.
Mr Cotter has a voice perfect for story telling, particularly when it is of tales of his beloved dogs.
The record he has compiled of a most unusual year is unique and yet recognisable. I feel quite envious that I didn’t think to document my feelings & reactions to being locked down like he did, but am happy he did so since many of his anxieties reflect my own throughout 2020-21.
Looking forward to listening to “Olive, Mabel & Me” for more stories of the lovely girls

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wonderful

a story of love and kindness only dogs can give.
Read by the author with a sublime voice for story telling

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Glad to have listened to

At times amusing. At times a bit preachy. Good to know what happened in that unique year.

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Loved this comforting and thoughtful book

Bit different from Olive Mabel and Me in that it offers a broader view of Andrew's day to day life coming out of Lockdown.
while I live for snippets and stories of Olive and Mabel, I found the "extra detail" thought provoking and insightful. Everything returns to the subject matter of dogs and the affects these creatures have on us.
I'm a better dog owner as a result of Andrew Cotter and the girls

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