22 August 2016

Book Review: Buster, Will Barrow & Isabel George

Buster: The Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives

Title: Buster: The Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives
Author: Will Barrow, Isabel George
Published: 15/01/2015, Virgin Books
Pages: 256
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback

Rating: 3/5

"Thousands of lives have been saved by this spaniel. He is a best friend in dog's clothing. An RAF dog with his mossy feet firmly on the ground. A brave dog who has served his colleagues and his country with unstinting devotion. A dog in a million.

This is the story of the partnership of Buster and Will, told by Will himself, describing how each came to save the other's life. This is a relationship that produced some heroic feats - and the most decorated dog in military history.

'With some dogs you share a boil in the bag breakfast and maybe a blanket on a cold desert floor. Some you wouldn't leave in charge of your Grandma unless you wanted to find out just how fast the old girl could run. But, if you're very, very lucky there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for - and for me that dog is Buster.'"

I don't know why but I have a real soft spot for dog stories. And Buster is definitely no exception to this.

Buster is definitely one of the easier dog stories I've read. It's written in a very simple way and is told from the perspective of Will Barrow. It sort of reads like a monologue. The story does not go into great detail, however, it is still a great insight into the life of a military dog.

It's far from a predictable story. Although Buster has won many awards I hadn't actually heard of him until I bought this book. So you could say I went into this story blind. It's not the most climatic story but I didn't really expect it to be. It mainly just highlights the day-to-day life of a military dog. However, I don't think Will Barrow could have ended Buster's story in a better place - it provided just the right amount of closure on the story.

I would definitely recommend Buster as a quick read for animal and dog lovers. If you enjoy the likes of It's All About Treo and Marley and Me, then you'll enjoy Buster. It's not the best I've ever read, but it was lovely all the same.

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