London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency

by MacDougall, Kate,

Format: Print Book 2021
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" Sparkles with humor, joy and wit. London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency bounds along with the energy of a rambunctious pup and exudes the wisdom of a beloved canine with an old soul (you know the type)." -- BookPage

The irresistibly charming memoir of a young woman who started her own business as a dog walker for London's busy, well-heeled dog lovers. A true love letter to London, dogs, and growing up.

Aside from the odd biter or growler, the occasional bolter and the one dog who didn't want to walk, the canines were the easy part. They were a muddy, messy joy in all shapes, sizes and breeds, from greedy Labradors to pampered pugs and everything in between. It was the owners who were the real challenge, a giddy mix of the over-protective, the clueless, the eccentrics and the perfectionists. There is no rule book on how to navigate the obsessions of the London dog owner. A degree in human psychology would have been far preferable to any sort of animal qualification. Not that I had either...

In 2006, Kate MacDougall was working a safe but dull job at the venerable auction house Sotheby's in London. After a clumsy accident nearly destroyed a precious piece of art, she quit Sotheby's and set up her own dog-walking company. Kate knew little about dogs and nothing about business, and no one thought being a professional dog walker was a good use of her university degree. Nevertheless, Kate embarked upon an entirely new and very much improvised career walking some of the city's many pampered pooches, branding her company "London's Number One Dog Walking Agency."

With sharp wit, delightful observations, and plenty of canine affection, Kate reveals her unique and unconventional coming-of-age story, as told through the dogs, and the London homes and neighborhoods they inhabit. One walk at a time, she journeys from a haphazard twentysomething to a happily--and surprisingly--settled adult, with love, relationships, drama, and home ownership along the way. But, as Kate says, "It's all down to the dogs" and what they taught her about London--and life.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kate MacDougall is a stumbling twentysomething, dissatisfied with what she sees in her career path--temp to administrative assistant, and then what? Whatever it is, it isn't the future she wants. Luckily, she happens to meet someone who's walking a dog "as a favor to a friend," and inspiration strikes. So, with the support of her partner Finlay, she starts a dog walking agency. With each section organized around one particular dog with meaning to her life at that point in time, MacDougall takes her readers along as she starts with her very first client, shows how her business grows, suffers through the great recession, and then becomes a thriving business. Meditations on life and the phases of adulthood mingle with amusing or meaningful anecdotes, and readers will be delighted by the eccentric cast of owners, like those of sweet Labrador Winston, who is not allowed near a puddle (even in the rain) and competing dog walkers like stern German Agnes, who refuses to walk dachshunds. This entertaining and lighthearted look at the life of a woman who took control of her own future is a perfect nonfiction crossover for fans of British chick lit like that of Sophie Kinsella."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects MacDougall, Kate.
Dog walking -- England -- London -- Biography.
Human-animal relationships.
Publisher New York, NY :William Morrow,2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles London's number 1 dog-walking agency
Language English
Description 352 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780063059788
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